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The End of Literature, Hegel, and the Contemporary Novel

Authors: Campana, Francesco

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  • Explores the concept of the end of literature through the lens of Hegel's philosophy of art
  • Proposes a new and original interpretation of the 'end of art' thesis
  • Presents a cross-disciplinary hypothesis that engages both philosophical and literary studies
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This book explores the concept of the end of literature through the lens of Hegel's philosophy of art. In his version of Hegel's 'end of art' thesis,  Arthur Danto claimed that contemporary art has abandoned its distinctive sensitive and emotive features to become increasingly reflective. Contemporary art has become a question of philosophical reflection on itself and on the world, thus producing an epochal change in art history. The core idea of this book is that this thesis applies quite well to all forms of art except one, namely literature: literature resists its 'end'.
Unlike other arts, which have experienced significant fractures in the contemporary world, Campana proposes that literature has always known how to renew itself in order to retain its distinguishing features, so much so that in a way it has always come to terms with its own end. Analysing the distinct character of literature, this book proposes a new and original interpretation of the 'end of art' thesis, showing how it can be used as a key conceptual framework to understand the contemporary novel. 

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Francesco Campana is a postdoctoral fellow at the Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Filosofici in Naples, Italy, and a research assistant at the University of Padua, Italy. He has studied and worked in Padua, Jena, Bochum, New York, and Berlin.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The End of Literature, Hegel, and the Contemporary Novel
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-31395-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-31395-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-31394-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 265
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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