Discrepant Solace

Contemporary Literature and the Work of Consolation
 
 
Oxford University Press
  • erschienen am 23. Mai 2019
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  • 320 Seiten
 
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Consolation has always played an uncomfortable part in the literary history of loss. But in recent decades its affective meanings and ethical implications have been recast by narratives that appear at first sight to foil solace altogether. Illuminating this striking archive, Discrepant Solace considers writers who engage with consolation not as an aesthetic salve but as an enduring problematic, one that unravels at the centre of emotionally challenging works of late twentieth- and twenty-first-century fiction and life-writing. The book understands solace as a generative yet conflicted aspect of style, where microelements of diction, rhythm, and syntax capture consolation's alternating desirability and contestation. With a wide-angle lens on the contemporary scene, David James examines writers who are rarely considered in conversation, including Sonali Deraniyagala, Colson Whitehead, Cormac McCarthy, W.G. Sebald, Doris Lessing, Joan Didion, J. M. Coetzee, Marilynne Robinson, Julian Barnes, Helen Macdonald, Ian McEwan, Colm Tóibín, Kazuo Ishiguro, Denise Riley, and David Grossman. These figures overturn critical suppositions about consolation's kinship with ideological complaisance, superficial mitigation, or dubious distraction, producing unsettling perceptions of solace that shape the formal and political contours of their writing. Through intimate readings of novels and memoirs that explore seemingly indescribable experiences of grief, trauma, remorse, and dread, James demonstrates how they turn consolation into a condition of expressional possibility without ever promising us relief. He also supplies vital traction to current conversations about the stakes of thinking with contemporary writing to scrutinize affirmative structures of feeling, revealing unexpected common ground between the operations of literary consolation and the urgencies of cultural critique. Discrepant Solace makes the close reading of emotion crucial to understanding the work literature does in our precarious present.
  • Englisch
  • Oxford
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  • Großbritannien
  • 1,59 MB
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David James is a Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham, before which he was Reader in Modern and Contemporary Literature at Queen Mary, University of London. Author, most recently, of Modernist Futures (Cambridge University Press, 2012), his edited volumes include The Legacies of Modernism (Cambridge University Press, 2012), The Cambridge Companion to British Fiction since 1945 (Cambridge University Press, 2015), and Modernism and Close Reading (Oxford University Press, forthcoming). He is Associate Editor for the journal Contemporary Literature, and for Columbia University Press he co-edits the book series 'Literature Now'.
  • Cover
  • Discrepant Solace: Contemporary Literature and the Work of Consolation
  • Copyright
  • Copyright
  • Acknowledgements
  • Contents
  • Introduction: Consolation's Discrepant Forms
  • READING FOR SOLACE
  • THE PROBLEM WITH FEELING REDEEMED
  • SIMULATING THE UNSPEAKABLE
  • CONSOLATORY FORM
  • LITERARY STYLE AND THE ETHICS OF SOLACE
  • CONSOLATION IN CRITICAL PRACTICE
  • 1: Fetched from Oblivion
  • STYLE AS ARGUMENT
  • WOUNDING IMPRESSIONISM
  • IMMEDIACY AND EXPIATION
  • WRITING AGAINST OBLIVION
  • CONSOLING BLEAKNESS
  • DELIBERATING SOLACE
  • 2: Description as Redress
  • DESCRIPTION AS DEFECTION
  • DEPICTING AND OVERCOMING
  • CONFRONTING RESUSCITATION
  • METADESCRIPTION AND THE SPECTACLE OF HISTORY
  • PARABLES OF SOLACE
  • 3: Elegy Unrestored
  • SALVAGING THE GRIEF-STRUCK
  • UNDOING ELEGIAC ISOLATION
  • FEELING NOTHING POETIC
  • THE SOLACE OF SCRUPULOUS MEANNESS
  • RELINQUISHING ELEGY
  • 4: The Religion of Style
  • CONFESSING CONSOLEMENT
  • COETZEE'S MOTILE SOULS
  • SAD MIRACLES
  • GRACEFUL REMAINS
  • LOVING GRIEF
  • FAITH IN RECALCITRANT FORMS
  • LESSONS IN DISSONANCE
  • 5: Life-Righting and Magical Thinking
  • LIFE-RIGHTING WITH A STOIC
  • RECKONING WITH RECUPERATION
  • SURVIVAL TACTICS
  • RECOLLECTION AS REPOSSESSION
  • STORIES TO LIVE BY
  • 6: Apprehensive Alleviation
  • CARING ABOUT APPREHENSION
  • THE SYNTAX OF AMELIORATION
  • PHRASING COUNTERLIVES
  • 7: Walking with the Unconsoled
  • RECUPERATING THE TRAGEDY OF THE ONE
  • PARTICULARISM'S REDRESS
  • REFUSING THE LUXURY OF DESPAIR
  • REALITY'S ECHO: THE UNANTICIPATED ELEGY
  • SCALES OF CRITICAL SOLACE
  • Epilogue: Bribes of Aesthetic Pleasure?
  • Notes
  • INTRODUCTION
  • CHAPTER 1
  • CHAPTER 2
  • CHAPTER 3
  • CHAPTER 4
  • CHAPTER 5
  • CHAPTER 6
  • CHAPTER 7
  • EPILOGUE
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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