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Lateness and Modern European Literature

Ben Hutchinson

Abstract

Lateness and Modern European Literature proposes a major new reading of modern literature understood not as that which is new, but as that which is ‘late’. If this basic premise is strikingly simple, its consequences are immense. Exploring the ways in which European literature repeatedly defines itself through a sense of senescence or epigonality, the book argues that lateness can be understood as an expression of modernity’s continuing quest for legitimacy. It explores a wide range of authors—from Mary Shelley, Chateaubriand, and Immermann, via Baudelaire, Henry James, and Nietzsche, to Valér ... More

Keywords: lateness, late style, modern European literature, romanticism, decadence, modernism, comparative literature, modernity, Nietzsche, Adorno

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198767695
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198767695.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ben Hutchinson, author
Professor of European Literature, University of Kent

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