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Against the Event: The Everyday and Evolution of Modernist Narrative

Michael Sayeau

Abstract

The Everyday and the Evolution of Modernist Narrative investigates how a modernity famed for temporal acceleration—from Benjamin’s “shock” and “distraction” to the postmodern loss of historical consciousness diagnosed by Jameson—generated fictions defined, strangely enough, not just by the “new” but just as forcefully by everyday depletions of stasis and repetition, a flood of sameness in modern life. With close attention to the novels of Flaubert, Wells, Conrad, and Joyce, Against the Event relates this aspect of modernity to modernist and proto-modernist problems of narrative fo ... More

Keywords: Everyday, event, Modernism, Literature, James Joyce, Joseph Conrad, H. G. Wells, Gustave Flaubert, literary form

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199681259
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199681259.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Sayeau, author
Lecturer, Department of English, University College London

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