States of Exception in the Contemporary Novel : Martel, Eugenides, Coetzee, Sebald
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- London : Continuum International Pub., 2012.
- Physical description
- 1 online resource (177 pages)
- De Boever, Arne.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Dedication-- Acknowledgements-- List of Illustrations-- Introduction: Decision Time-- A. September 11 and the Aesthetic Decision-- B. The Chapters-- C. Schmitt, Hobbes, Benjamin, Burnham-- Chapter One: States of Exception in Yann Martel's Life of Pi-- A. Introduction-- B. Political State of Exception-- C. Psychic State of Exception-- D. Theological State of Exception-- E. The Politics of Allegory-- Chapter Two: Autobiography and Human Rights in Jeffrey-- Eugenides' Middlesex-- A. A Failure of Reading-- B. Reading Human Rights-- C. The Political Life of Sex-- D. Sex in Theory-- E/ Autobiography and Messianism-- Chapter Three: Literary Economies in J.M. Coetzee's Disgrace-- A. Disgrace, Once More-- B. The Circular Economy of Violence-- C. Reading Incest-- D. Lucy's Count-- E. Lucy as "the part of those who have no part"-- F. From Animals to Aesthetic Economy-- Chapter Four: Architectures of Exception in W.G. Sebald's Austerlitz-- A. Architecture, Trauma, and the Camps-- B. Reading Fortifications-- C. The Cabinet of Wonder-- D. Architectures of the Uncanny-- E. Moving Testimony-- F. The Novel in Motion-- or: The Politics of Austerlitz's Aesthetic-- Conclusion: From Exception to Care-- A. Crisis and Play-- B. Biopolitics, the Novel, and Care-- Bibliographic References-- Index.
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In the aftermath of the September 11 terror attacks, the political situation in both the United States and abroad has often been described as a "state of exception": an emergency situation in which the normal rule of law is suspended. In such a situation, the need for good decisions is felt ever more strongly. This book investigates the aesthetics, ethics, and politics of various decisions represented in novels published around 9/11: Martel's Life of Pi, Eugenides' Middlesex, Coetzee's Disgrace, and Sebald's Austerlitz. De Boever's readings of the novels revolve around what he calls the aesthetic decision.' Which aesthetics do the characters and narrators in the novels adopt in a situation of crisis? How do these aesthetic decisions relate to the ethical and political decisions represented in the novels? What can they reveal about real-life ethical and political decisions? This book uncovers the politics of allegory, autobiography, focalization, and montage in today's planetary state of exception.
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- 1441102485 (electronic bk.)