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The Work of Difference
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The Work of Difference

Audrey Wasser


This book mounts a critique of persistently romantic assumptions in contemporary literary criticism in order to develop an original theory of literary production. Beginning with a study of German romanticism in its philosophical context, it argues that a model of the literary work emerged at the turn of the nineteenth century that tasked literature with the burden of solving the thorniest of philosophical problems: the problem of reconciling the demand for systematicity with the freedom and newness of the creative act. The book follows this romantic impasse into the twentieth century, examinin ... More

Keywords: Samuel Beckett, Gilles Deleuze, individuation, modernism, modernist novel, newness, Marcel Proust, rhetorical figures, romanticism, Gertrude Stein

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780823270057
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823270057.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Audrey Wasser, author
Miami University