In concert with the theoretical work of Foucault, Derrida, Blanchot, Badiou, and others, my readings of twentieth-century fiction---texts from modernism to the end of the century, including works by Woolf, Beckett, Borges, Amis, and Calvino---show how the various types of failure that they perform in contesting identity, definitions of the literary, and the value of qsuccessfulq language, become the very means of constructing relations of responsibility no longer dependent upon the traditional humanist subject. The responsible subject, I conclude, is specifically literary.In his essay, aquot;Cutting in on Distance, aquot; Rodolphe Gasche persuasively argues that aquot;Benjamin must reject both the aura of ... In contrast to Harry Zohna#39;s generally accepted translation of Benjamina#39;s definition of aura as aquot;the unique phenomenon anbsp;...
|Title||:||The Ethics of Failure: Literature and Theory, 1916--2000|
|Author||:||Brendan J. Balint|
|Publisher||:||ProQuest - 2007|