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Literary Theories of Uncertainty (Hardback)

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As the first study to examine the concept of uncertainty and uncertainty of meaning as it relates to contemporary literature and literary theory, Literary Theories of Uncertainty demonstrates how this notion functions both as literary feature and literary device in twentieth-century Modernist texts. Grounded in Derridian ideas of uncertainty and calling upon theories of interpretation, this exploration is broken down into three sections: Poststructuralist legacies of uncertainty; life-writing and uncertainty; and contemporary literary uncertainties.

Taking into account related terms such as undecidability, indeterminacy, ambiguity, unreadability, and obscurity, the topics examined include: an analysis of suspension; poetry as a point of convergence between logico-mathematical meaning of undecidability and a literary sense of ambiguity; the co-implication of uncertainty and reversibility within and beyond Derrida; the relevance of Robert Antelme and his impact on Mascolo and Blanchot; Proust and temporal uncertainty; how indeterminacy destabilises time in the works of German-Turkish writer Emine Sevgi Ozdamar; and many more.

Literary Theories of Uncertainty collates original and diverse discussions by some of the most prominent, inquiring minds of the fields of literary, cultural and critical theory today to map out the contours of the field surrounding the theory of uncertainty.

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: generalLiterary studies: from c 1900 -Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary theory Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC Publication Date: 23/09/2021 ISBN-13: 9781350146044  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Mette Leonard Hoeg is a third year PhD research fellow in the Department of English and teaches in the department of Comparative Literature at King's College London, UK. She was assisting editor on the critical edition of Isak Dinesen's Anecdotes of Destiny and Last Tales (both ed. Karen Blixen) by the Society for Danish Language and Literature (2016) and published 'Undecidability and Zones of Indistinction in Herta Muller's Atemschaukel' in German Life and Letters special issue. In addition she has had papers appear in the journals Kultur & Klasse (2013) and Spring (2011). Leonard Hoeg organised the international conference for Twilight Zones: Undecidabilities in Literature and Literary Theory.

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