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- DescriptionFor centuries, a central goal of art has been to make us see the world with new eyes. Thinkers from Edmund Burke to Elaine Scarry have understood this effort as the attempt to create new forms. But as anyone who has ever worn out a song by repeated listening kws, artistic form is hardly immune to sensation-killing habit. Some of our most ambitious writers-Keats, Proust, Nabokov, Ashbery-have been obsessed by this problem. Attempting to create an image that never gets old, they experiment with virtual, ideal forms. Poems and vels become workshops, as fragments of the real world are scrutinized for insights and the shape of an ideal artwork is pieced together. These writers, voracious in their appetite for any kwledge that will further their goal, find help in unlikely places. The logic of totalitarian regimes, the phemelogy of music, the pathology of addiction, and global commodity exchange furnish them with tools and models for arresting neurobiological time. Reading central works of the past two centuries in light of their shared ambition, Clune produces a revisionary understanding of some of our most important literature.
- Author BiographyMichael Clune is Assistant Professor of English at Case Western Reserve University. He is the author of a previous work of criticism, American Literature and the Free Market, and of a forthcoming memoir, White Out.
- Author(s)Michael Clune
- PublisherStanford University Press
- Date of Publication09/01/2013
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Place of PublicationPalo Alto
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintStanford University Press
- Weight386 g
- Width3895 mm
- Height5830 mm
- Spine458 mm
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