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Futurity : Contemporary Literature and the Quest for the Past

By: Eshel, Amir.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2013Description: 1 online resource (368 p.).ISBN: 9780226924960.Subject(s): German literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism | Hebrew literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism | History in literatureGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Futurity : Contemporary Literature and the Quest for the PastDDC classification: 809.93358 | 809/.93358 LOC classification: PN50PN50 .E84 2013Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
""Contents""; ""Acknowledgments""; ""Introduction: Spelling out Futurity""; ""Part One | Coming to Terms with the Future: German Literature in Search of the Past""; ""1. Between Retrospection and Prospection""; ""2. G�nter Grass: “Nothing Is Pure�""; ""3. Alexander Kluge: Literature as Orientation""; ""4. Martin Walser: Imagination and the Culture of Dissensus""; ""5. The Past as Gift""; ""Part Two | Writing the Unsaid: Hebrew Literature and the Question of Palestinian Flight and Expulsion""; ""6. The Unsaid""; ""7. The Silence of the Villages: S. Yizhar�s Early War Writing""
""8. “Then, Suddenly�Fire�: A. B. Yehoshua�s Facing the Forests""""9. “A Land That Devours Its Inhabitants. Its Lovers Devour Its Lovers�""; ""10. The Threads of Our Story: The Unsaid in Recent Israeli Prose""; ""11. The Past after the “End of History�""; ""12. Arresting Time: W. G. Sebald�s Austerlitz""; ""13. To Do Something, to Begin""; ""14. The Terror of the Unforeseen""; ""15. On This Road: The Improbable Future""; ""Coda: Toward a Hermeneutic of Futurity""; ""Notes""; ""Index""
Summary: When looking at how trauma is represented in literature and the arts, we tend to focus on the weight of the past. In this book, Amir Eshel suggests that this retrospective gaze has trapped us in a search for reason in the madness of the twentieth century's catastrophes at the expense of literature's prospective vision. Considering several key literary works, Eshel argues in Futurity that by grappling with watershed events of modernity, these works display a future-centric engagement with the past that opens up the present to new political, cultural, and ethical possibilities-what he calls futu
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""Contents""; ""Acknowledgments""; ""Introduction: Spelling out Futurity""; ""Part One | Coming to Terms with the Future: German Literature in Search of the Past""; ""1. Between Retrospection and Prospection""; ""2. G�nter Grass: “Nothing Is Pure�""; ""3. Alexander Kluge: Literature as Orientation""; ""4. Martin Walser: Imagination and the Culture of Dissensus""; ""5. The Past as Gift""; ""Part Two | Writing the Unsaid: Hebrew Literature and the Question of Palestinian Flight and Expulsion""; ""6. The Unsaid""; ""7. The Silence of the Villages: S. Yizhar�s Early War Writing""

""8. “Then, Suddenly�Fire�: A. B. Yehoshua�s Facing the Forests""""9. “A Land That Devours Its Inhabitants. Its Lovers Devour Its Lovers�""; ""10. The Threads of Our Story: The Unsaid in Recent Israeli Prose""; ""11. The Past after the “End of History�""; ""12. Arresting Time: W. G. Sebald�s Austerlitz""; ""13. To Do Something, to Begin""; ""14. The Terror of the Unforeseen""; ""15. On This Road: The Improbable Future""; ""Coda: Toward a Hermeneutic of Futurity""; ""Notes""; ""Index""

When looking at how trauma is represented in literature and the arts, we tend to focus on the weight of the past. In this book, Amir Eshel suggests that this retrospective gaze has trapped us in a search for reason in the madness of the twentieth century's catastrophes at the expense of literature's prospective vision. Considering several key literary works, Eshel argues in Futurity that by grappling with watershed events of modernity, these works display a future-centric engagement with the past that opens up the present to new political, cultural, and ethical possibilities-what he calls futu

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At a time when the pace of change seems to have the velocity of a bullet, it is refreshing to read an affirmation of literature's sustained power to transform on a more profound, enduring level. Futurity lauds the sustainable beauty and power of real literature to outstrip the instantaneous and insubstantial veneer of wireless social networks. Eshel (Stanford Univ.) deftly argues that literature brings historical consciousness to the forefront and cements a multidirectional memory that reflects on the past, contemplates the present, and potently imagines the future. Literature not only documents historical events but also creates images and symbols to expand our experience of the world rather than simply representing it. Taking 1945 as the starting point of modernity, Eshel weaves a historical narrative through contemporary literature, demonstrating the fallacies of the West's utopian idealism, which seeks a uniform ideological (i.e., "democratic") social and political norm. The author examines the literature of the "First World" (an archaic phrase connoting Western superiority), and ironic as it sounds, his study lends tremendous credibility to his assertion that one must accept a future that may not be globally balanced. A provocative and stimulating read, even for those who may not agree with all its claims. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty. K. Liu CUNY

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