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The Art of Being

Poetics of the Novel and Existentialist Philosophy

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$45.00 • £36.95 • €40.50

ISBN 9780674983656

Publication Date: 12/10/2018


304 pages

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

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  • Prologue: The Existence of the Novel in Nabokov’s Diagram
  • Introduction: The Point of View of Existence
  • 1. Toward an Existentialist Poetics of the Novel
  • 2. The Character of Self-Consciousness: Representing Freedom in the Novel of Marriage
  • 3. Detotalized Totality: Situation, World, and Being-in-the-Novel
  • 4. The Novel and the Unfinished Work of Art
  • Conclusion: The Novel and Philosophy
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

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