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The Sense of an Ending: Studies in the Theory of Fiction: With a New Epilogue

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Frank Kermode is one of our most distinguished critics of English literature. Here, he contributes a new epilogue to his collection of classic lectures on the relationship of fiction to age-old concepts of apocalyptic chaos and crisis. Prompted by the approach of the millennium, he revisits the book which brings his highly concentrated insights to bear on some of the most unyielding philosophical and aesthetic enigmas. Examining the works of writers from Plato to William Burrows, Kermode shows how they have persistently imposed their "fictions" upon the face of eternity and how these have reflected the apocalyptic spirit. Kermode then discusses literature at a time when new fictive explanations, as used by Spenser and Shakespeare, were being devised to fit a world of uncertain beginning and end. He goes on to deal perceptively with modern literature with "traditionalists" such as Yeats, Eliot, and Joyce, as well as contemporary "schismatics," the French "new novelists," and such seminal figures as Jean-Paul Sartre and Samuel Beckett. Whether weighing the difference between modern and earlier modes of apocalyptic thought, considering the degeneration of fiction into myth, or commenting on the vogue of the Absurd, Kermode is distinctly lucid, persuasive, witty, and prodigal of ideas.

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A distinguished critic of English literature contributes a new epilogue to his collection of classic lectures on the relation of fiction to age-old concepts of apocalyptic chaos and crisis. "A packed, stimulating, highly original book."--David Lodge.

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Frank Kermode was formerly King Edward VII Professor of English Literature, Cambridge University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195136128
Author:
Kermode, Frank
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
null, Frank
Location:
Oxford ;
Subject:
General
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Literature
Subject:
Semiotics & Theory
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
General Literary Criticism & Collections
Subject:
Literature/English | World Literature | Literary Criticism
Subject:
Literature -- Philosophy.
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Edition Number:
revised
Edition Description:
New
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
20000431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
118 illus.
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
5.300 x 7.900 in 0.656 lb

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