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Kundera and modernity

Author: Liisa Steinby
Publisher: West Lafayette, Ind. : Purdue University Press, 2013.
Series: Comparative cultural studies.
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"While a large amount of scholarship about Milan Kundera's work exists, in Liisa Steinby's opinion his work has not been studied within the context of (European) modernity as a sociohistorical and a cultural concept. Of course, he is considered to be a modernist writer (some call him even a postmodernist), but what the broader concept of modernity intellectually, historically, socially, and culturally means for him  Read more...
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Steinby, Liisa.
Kundera and modernity.
West Lafayette, Ind. : Purdue University Press, 2013
(DLC) 2012029233
(OCoLC)777628422
Named Person: Milan Kundera
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Liisa Steinby
ISBN: 9781612492476 1612492479 9781612492483 1612492487
OCLC Number: 835635787
Description: 1 online resource (x, 249 p.)
Series Title: Comparative cultural studies.
Responsibility: Liisa Steinby.

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"While a large amount of scholarship about Milan Kundera's work exists, in Liisa Steinby's opinion his work has not been studied within the context of (European) modernity as a sociohistorical and a cultural concept. Of course, he is considered to be a modernist writer (some call him even a postmodernist), but what the broader concept of modernity intellectually, historically, socially, and culturally means for him and how this is expressed in his texts has not been thoroughly examined. Steinby's book fills this vacuum by analyzing Kundera's novels from the viewpoint of his understanding of the existential problems in the culture of modernity. In addition, his relation to those modernist novelists from the first half of the twentieth century who are most important for him is scrutinized in detail. Steinby's Kundera and Modernity is intended for students of modernism in literary and (comparative) cultural studies, as well as those interested in European and Central European studies"--

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