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Marginal Modernity: The Aesthetics of Dependency from Kierkegaard to Joyce

Leonardo Lisi


This book argues that two ways of understanding the aesthetic organization of literary works have been inherited from the late 18th century and dominate discussions of European modernism today: the aesthetics of autonomy, associated with the self-sufficient work of art, and the aesthetics of fragmentation, practiced by the avant-gardes. Yet both of these models rest on assumptions about the nature of truth and existence that cannot be treated as exhaustive of modernist form. The present book accordingly traces an alternative aesthetics of dependency that provides a different formal structure, ... More

Keywords: European Modernism, Core/Periphery, Søren Kierkegaard, Henrik Ibsen, Henry James, Hugo von Hofmannsthal, James Joyce, Rainer Maria Rilke, Aesthetics, Philosophy and Literature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780823245321
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823245321.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Leonardo Lisi, author
The John Hopkins University