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Life without End : a Thought Experiment in Literature from Swift to Houellebecq.

Author: Karl S Guthke
Publisher: Melton : Boydell & Brewer, 2017.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : German
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A groundbreaking study examining major literary treatments of the idea of earthly immortality, throwing into relief fascinating instances of human self-awareness over the past 300 years.
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Guthke, Karl S.
Life without End : A Thought Experiment in Literature from Swift to Houellebecq.
Melton : Boydell & Brewer, ©2017
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Karl S Guthke
ISBN: 9781787441033 1787441032
OCLC Number: 1004623890
Description: 1 online resource (224 pages)
Contents: Frontcover; Contents; Preface; 1: Immortality in Science and Literature: Dreams and Nightmares; The Desire for Unending Life in "This World"; Second Thoughts on Living Forever; The Chance of Literature: Forays into No-Man's-Land; Preludes: Immortality in Myth and Folklore; The Risk of Literature: Limits of Creative Imagination; Preview: A Literary Theme from Swift to Houellebecq; 2: Literary Thought Experiments: Life Everlasting, from Blessing to Curse; Overview: The Many Faces of Immortality; "Joys All Want Eternity"; Euphoria of Eternal Youth: J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan. Eternity of the All-Too-Human: Italo Calvino, CosmicomicsUtopian Vision: G.B. Shaw, Back to Methuselah; The Living Dead: Adolfo Bioy Casares, The Invention of Morel; Immortals and Their Antagonists; God-Given Finitude: Jonathan Swift, Gulliver's Travels; The Immortal Ape: Aldous Huxley, After Many a Summer Dies the Swan; Immortality, Totalitarian-Style: Walter Besant, The Inner House; Without Death, No Life: Arthur C. Clarke, The City and the Stars; The Scandal of Eternal Beauty: Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray; From God to Caveman: Jorge Luis Borges, "The Immortal." Immortality and Its DiscontentsAlchemy and Gothic Horror: William Godwin and Some English Romantics; Boredom of the Cold Heart: Karel Čapek, The Makropulos Secret; The Wandering Portuguese: J.M. Machado de Assis, "The Immortal"; The View from Sirius: Simone de Beauvoir, All Men Are Mortal; Surviving the End of the World: Martin Amis, "The Immortals"; The Lady in the Machine: Dino Buzzati, Larger than Life; Trouble in Paradise: Michel Houellebecq, The Possibility of an Island; A World without Death: Disasters and Happy Endings; A Village in Turmoil: Iris Barry, The Last Enemy. A Country on the Brink of Ruin: José Saramago, Death at Intervals3: Blessings of Mortality: Limited Time, Limitless Possibilities?; Retrospect; Renunciation and New Horizons; Eternity Nevermore: Salman Rushdie, Grimus; Living on in Memory: Gabi Gleichmann, The Elixir of Immortality; "Limited Time as a Source of Strength"?: Pascal Mercier, Night Train to Lisbon; Epilogue; Notes; Untitled.

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A groundbreaking study examining major literary treatments of the idea of earthly immortality, throwing into relief fascinating instances of human self-awareness over the past 300 years.

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