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On Lightness in World Literature

Authors: Scott, B.

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Despite the apparent ubiquity of light literature, and despite the greater cultural prestige it has been afforded in recent decades, very little has been written on the adjective that actually defines this category. What, precisely, does it signify, and what are some of the key strategies by which the effect of lightness is achieved within literary discourse? In this original and engaging study, Bede Scott explores the aesthetic quality of lightness as demonstrated by a diverse range of narratives - spanning four different centuries and five different countries. In each case he focuses on a specific 'type' of lightness, whether it be the refined triviality of Sei Shonagon's Pillow Book, the ludic tendencies of Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis' Posthumous Memoirs of BrĂ¡s Cubas, or the 'exhilarating and primitive vitality' of Voltaire's Candide. By bringing together such disparate sources, Scott makes a strong case for the universality of this particular aesthetic value, while also subjecting to close critical scrutiny its underlying structural features.

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Bede Scott is an Assistant Professor of World Literature at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

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"Scott's selection of writers, slender but representative, makes clear that the convention of 'lightness' has global authority . . . Recommended." - CHOICE


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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
On Lightness in World Literature
Authors
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-34684-1
DOI
10.1057/9781137346841
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-35255-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-46930-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 174
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