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Möbian Nights : reading literature and darkness

Author: Sandor Goodhart
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Academic, 2017.
Series: Violence, desire, and the sacred, 6
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Möbian Nights: Literary Reading in a Time of Crisis develops a new understanding of literary reading: that in the wake of disasters like the Holocaust, death remains a premise of our experience rather than a future. Challenging customary "aesthetic" assumptions that we write in order not to die, Sandor Goodhart suggests (with Kafka) we write to die. Drawing upon analyses developed by Girard, Foucault, Blanchot,
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Goodhart, Sandor.
Möbian Nights.
New York : Bloomsbury Academic, 2017
(DLC) 2017002516
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Sandor Goodhart
ISBN: 9781501326943 1501326945
OCLC Number: 985966839
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: FC ; Half title; Violence, Desire, and the Sacred; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Preface and Acknowledgments; Introduction: Möbian Turns: Difference as Continuity; 1 After The Tragic Vision: Krieger and Criticism, Lentricchia and Crisis; 2 Disfiguring de Man: Literature, History, and Collaboration; 3 Witnessing the Impossible: Laub, Felman, and the Testimony of Trauma; 4 Documenting Fiction: Kolitz, van Beeck, Levinas, and Holocaust Witness; 5 "And darkness upon the face of the deep": Counter-Redemptive Hermeneutics in Wiesel, Mauriac, Blanchot, Levinas, and Genesis 1. 6 "All the story of the night": Criticism, Literature, and the Möbian7 "I died in Auschwitz": Literary Reading, the Möbian, and the Posthumous; Conclusion: Versions of Night: Reading Literature and Darkness; Works Cited; Index.
Series Title: Violence, desire, and the sacred, 6
Responsibility: Sandor Goodhart.

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"Möbian Nights: Literary Reading in a Time of Crisis develops a new understanding of literary reading: that in the wake of disasters like the Holocaust, death remains a premise of our experience rather than a future. Challenging customary "aesthetic" assumptions that we write in order not to die, Sandor Goodhart suggests (with Kafka) we write to die. Drawing upon analyses developed by Girard, Foucault, Blanchot, and Levinas (along with examples from Homer to Beckett), Möbian Nights proposes that all literature works "autobiographically", which is to say, in the wake of disaster; with the credo "I died; therefore, I am"; and for which the language of topology (for example, the "Möbius strip") offers a vocabulary for naming the "deep structure" of such literary, critical, and scriptural sacrificial and anti-sacrificial dynamics."--

"Utilizing insights drawn from mathematical topology, from French critical theory and literature, and from Holocaust studies, Sandor Goodhart articulates a new understanding of the relation of literary reading to disaster"--

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In this beautifully written and strikingly original contribution to post-Holocaust literature, Sandor Goodhart locates in the Moebian structure first described by 19th-century mathematician August Read more...

 
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