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Against the EventThe Everyday and Evolution of Modernist Narrative$
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Michael Sayeau

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199681259

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199681259.001.0001

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Introduction: In the Anteroom of the Event

Introduction: In the Anteroom of the Event

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(p.1) 1 Introduction: In the Anteroom of the Event
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Against the Event
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Michael Sayeau

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199681259.003.0001

This chapter, which serves as the introduction of Against the Event, defines and elaborates upon many of the keywords and theoretical paradigms at work in the project as a whole, in addition to introducing the central figures of focus in the remainder of the study. After a discussion of what the nature of the narrative “event” is in the first place, and its complex relationship to the “everyday,” this chapter discusses the emergence of a literary suspicion of the event and an embrace of the everyday. The chapter further recounts the history of twentieth-century continental philosophy's engagement with the issue of the event—from Heidegger through to Derrida, Deleuze, and Badiou. Finally, this chapter locates the emergence of this “anti-evental” turn in modernist literature within its historical context

Keywords:   Modernism, everyday, event, Walter Benjamin, Alain Badiou, literature, modernity

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