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Seven Modes of Uncertainty

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$58.50 • £46.95 • €52.50

ISBN 9780674729094

Publication Date: 04/30/2014


408 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

1 table


  • Introduction
  • I. Mutual Exclusion
    • 1. Oscillation: Thomas Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49 (1966)
    • 2. Enfolding: Rereading Ian McEwan’s Atonement (2001)
  • II. Multiplicity
    • 3. Adjacency: Toni Morrison, Beloved (1987)
    • 4. Accounting: Interreading William Empson’s Seven Types of Ambiguity (1930), Shirley Jackson’s “Seven Types of Ambiguity” (1943), and Elliot Perlman’s Seven Types of Ambiguity (2003)
  • III. Repetition
    • 5. Vacuity: Bret Easton Ellis, American Psycho (1991)
    • 6. Synchronicity: Metareading Tom McCarthy’s Remainder (2005)
    • 7. Conclusion: Flippancy: Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2005)
  • Appendix 1: The Vagaries of the New Ethics
  • Appendix 2: Seven Modes of Uncertainty
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

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