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Commiserating With Devastated ThingsMilan Kundera and the Entitlements of Thinking$
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Jason M. Wirth

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780823268207

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823268207.001.0001

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Caught Looking

Caught Looking

The Universe of the Novel

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Commiserating With Devastated Things
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Jason M. Wirth

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823268207.003.0002

This chapter continues the problematic introduced in the first chapter. How does one speak of what Kundera calls “the universe of the novel,” and how does one distinguish it from what he calls “graphomania” (the aggressive urge to lord one’s ego over others in the form of writing)? Central to this chapter’s discussion is Blanchot’s distinction between works and the Book as well as the poetry of Charles Simic. How do the autonomous universes of philosophy and the novel (in the sense of non-graphomaniacal works) mutually clarify and challenge one another?

Keywords:   Maurice Blanchot, Milan Kundera, Charles Simic, universe of the novel

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