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Literature Suspends Death : Sacrifice and Storytelling in Kierkegaard, Kafka and Blanchot.

Author: Chris Danta
Publisher: London : Continuum International Pub., 2011.
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This is the first book-length study of how three important European thinkers--Kierkegaard, Kafka and Blanchot--use the Binding of Isaac to illuminate the sacrificial situation of the literary writer. Danta shows that literature plays a vital and heretical role in these three writers' highly idiosyncratic accounts of the Akedah. His claim is twofold: firstly, that all three authors choose to respond to the Genesis  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Danta, Chris.
Literature Suspends Death : Sacrifice and Storytelling in Kierkegaard, Kafka and Blanchot.
London : Continuum International Publishing, ©2011
Named Person: Søren Kierkegaard; Franz Kafka; Maurice Blanchot; Abraham, (Biblical patriarch); Abraham, (Biblical patriarch); Maurice Blanchot; Franz Kafka; Søren Kierkegaard
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Chris Danta
ISBN: 9780826444073 0826444075 128330760X 9781283307604
OCLC Number: 758336063
Description: 1 online resource (176 pages)
Contents: Acknowledgements; 1; Testing the Tested; 2; The Melancholic Imagination: Kierkegaard's Abraham; 3; Sarah's Laughter: Kafka's Abraham; 4; 'The absolutely dark moment of the plot': Blanchot's Abraham; 5; Coda: Agnes and the Merman; Notes; Works Cited; Index.

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This is the first book-length study of how three important European thinkers--Kierkegaard, Kafka and Blanchot--use the Binding of Isaac to illuminate the sacrificial situation of the literary writer. Danta shows that literature plays a vital and heretical role in these three writers' highly idiosyncratic accounts of the Akedah. His claim is twofold: firstly, that all three authors choose to respond to the Genesis narrative by manifesting literature; and, secondly, that each heretically endows literature--or fiction--with the power to suspend the sacrifice. Abraham's near-sacrifice of Isaac is tradi.

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