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Palgrave Studies in Modern European Literature

Nietzsche and Modernism

Nihilism and Suffering in Lawrence, Kafka and Beckett

Authors: Smith, Stewart

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  • Represents the first book to provide a sustained examination of Nietzsche’s writings on nihilism to illuminate readings of modernist literature and drama
  • Engages in dialogue with recent literary-philosophical research examining modernism, affect and feeling
  • Contributes to, and complicates, readings of modernism’s reactionary politics
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Reconfiguring Nietzsche’s seminal impact on modernist literature and culture, this book presents a distinctive new reading of modernism by exploring his sustained philosophical engagement with nihilism and its inextricable tie to pain and sickness. Arguing that modernist texts dramatize the frailty of the ill, the impotent, and the traumatised modern subject unable to render suffering significant through traditional religious means, it uses the Nietzschean diagnoses of nihilism and what he calls 'ressentiment', the entwined feelings of powerlessness and vindictiveness, as heuristic tools to remap the fictional landscapes of Lawrence, Kafka, and Beckett. Lucid, authoritative and accessible, this book will appeal internationally to literature and philosophy scholars and undergraduates as well as to readers in medical and sociological fields.


  

About the authors

Stewart Smith is an independent scholar. He obtained his PhD from the University of Southampton in 2016.

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“By reading these major modern writers in the light of Nietzsche’s theme of undeserved suffering Stewart Smith throws a surprising new light on familiar texts. Above all, his analysis pitched ‘beyond good and evil’ persuasively reveals and resists the gravitational pull of the ethical in much mainstream commentary.” (Emeritus Professor Michael Bell, University of Warwick, UK)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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eBook £63.99
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Hardcover £79.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-75534-2
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover £79.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-09258-0
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Nietzsche and Modernism
Book Subtitle
Nihilism and Suffering in Lawrence, Kafka and Beckett
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Modern European Literature
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-75535-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-75535-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-75534-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-09258-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 236
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