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Author Szakolczai, Árpád, author
Title Novels and the sociology of the contemporary / Arpad Szakolczai
Imprint New York, NY ; Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon : Routledge, 2016
book jacket
 人文社會聯圖  PN3491 .S93 2016    AVAILABLE    30610020602660
Descript xi, 374 pages ; 24 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Series Routledge studies in social and political thought ; 110
Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 337-350) and indexex
"This book substantiates two claims. First, the modern world was not simply produced by "objective" factors, rooted in geographical discoveries and scientific inventions, to be traced to economic, technological or political factors, but is the outcome of social, cultural and spiritual processes. Among such factors, beyond the Protestant ethic (Max Weber), the rise of the absolutist state and its disciplinary network (Michel Foucault), or court society (Norbert Elias), a prime role is played by theatre. The modern reality is deeply theatricalized. Second, a special access for studying this theatricalized world is offered by novels. The best classical novels not simply can be interpreted as describing a world "like" the theatre, but they capture and present a world that has become thoroughly transformed into a global theatre. The theatre effectively transformed the world, and classical novels effectively analyze this "theatricalized" reality - much better than the main instruments supposedly destined to study reality, philosophy and sociology. Thus, instead of using the technique of sociology to analyze novels, the book will treat novels as a "royal road" to analyze a theatricalized reality, in order to find our way back to a genuine and meaningful life"-- Provided by publisher
Preface -- Introduction: novels and the problem of reality -- The triple origins of the modern novel -- The Don Quixote chronotope: paradoxical paradoxes, or the games of Cervantes -- The Rabelais chronotope: the mysteries of fairground economics -- The English chronotope: the cruel illusionism of realism -- Actors, spectators and critics in the sublime theatre of the public arena -- Sublime confusion: the aesthetics of intensity as an anti-Platonic revolt -- Diderot, the trickster-outsider-critic: the actor as god in an enlightened world -- Lessing, the trickster-outsider-critic: the birth of German enlightenment out of the spirit of theatre -- The Goethe chronotope: in between panopticon and circus -- Johann Wolfgang Goethe: demonic formation and theatrical re-formation -- Wilhelm Meister as Goethe's self-overcoming: from theatrical mission to walking -- Promethean modernity in Faust: from asserting titanic poiesis to diagnosing alchemic technology -- Beneath and beyond romantic enlightenment -- Enlightened romantics: from German titanism to French satanism -- Charles Dickens: retrieving the reasons of the heart -- Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky: standing up again after the demonic splits of reason -- Conclusion: towards the sacrificial carnival
Subject Fiction -- History and criticism
Reality in literature
Life in literature
Literature and society
Civilization, Modern, in literature
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