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Reading Fragments and Fragmentation in Modernist Literature - by Rebecca Varley-winter (Hardcover)
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As a critical term, 'fragment' is more of a starting-point than a definition. 'Fragment' and 'fragmentation' have been used to describe damaged manuscripts; drafts; notes; subverted grammatical structures; the emergence of vers libre from formal verse; texts without linear plots; translations; quotations; and works titled 'Fragment' regardless of how formally complete they might appear. This book offers a phenomenological reading of modernist literary fragments, arguing that fragments create states of conflicted embodiment in which mind and body cannot cleanly separate. Drawing on the concept of aestheticism as an overstimulated body, each chapter connects fragments to experiences of physical and emotional ambiguity. The author introduces fragmentation as an aspect of what Julia Kristeva and Helene Cixous term 'ecriture feminine', and offers new readings of the texts that Stephane Mallarme struggled to finish.
Number of Pages: 244
Genre: Literary Criticism
Publisher: Paul & Co Pub Consortium
Author: Rebecca Varley-winter
Street Date: July 1, 2018
Item Number (DPCI): 248-04-7486
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