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- DescriptionIts champions-and its detractors-have often understood the vel as the genre par excellence of truthlessness. The Narrative Shape of Truth counters this widely accepted view. It argues instead that the vel has found new, historically specific configurations of truth and narrative. The nineteenth-century vel, in particular, can be understood as responding to the emerging tendency to view truth as inseparable from, rather than opposed to, time. Ilya Kliger offers a nreductive way of reading the histories of philosophy and the vel side by side. He identifies the crucial moment in the epistemological history of narrative when, at the end of the eighteenth century, a new structural affiliation between truth and time emerged. This book examines vels by four authors-Balzac, Stendhal, Dostoevsky, and Tolstoy-as well as the writings of leading European intellectuals and philosophers. Kliger argues that the realist vel can be conceived as prompting us (and giving us the means) to think of truth differently, as immanent in a temporal shape rather than transcendent in a principle, a fact, or a higher order.
- Author BiographyIlya Kliger is Assistant Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies at New York University.
- Author(s)Ilya Kliger
- PublisherPennsylvania State University Press
- Date of Publication01/01/2011
- Place of PublicationPennsylvania
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintPennsylvania State University Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight381 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine14 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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