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Marginal Modernity
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Two ways of understanding the aesthetic organization of literary works have come down to us from the late 18th century and dominate discussions of European modernism today: the aesthetics of autonomy, associated with the self-sufficient work of art, and the aesthetics of fragmentation, practiced by the avant-gardes. In this revisionary study, Leonardo Lisi argues that these models rest on assumptions about the nature of truth and existence that cannot be treated as exhaustive of modern experience. Lisi traces an alternative aesthetics of dependency that provides a different formal structure, philosophical foundation, and historical condition for modernist texts. Taking Europe's Scandinavian periphery as his point of departure, Lisi examines how Kierkegaard and Ibsen imagined a response to the changing conditions of modernity different from those at the European core, one that subsequently influenced James, Hofmannsthal, Rilke, and Joyce. Combining close readings with a broader revision of the nature and genealogy of modernism, Marginal Modernity challenges what we understand by modernist aesthetics, their origins, and their implications for how we conceive our relation to the modern world.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Note on Citations
  2. pp. xiii-xvi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-20
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  1. Part One: Philosophical Foundations
  2. pp. 21-22
  1. 1. Presuppositions and Varietiesof Aesthetic Experience
  2. pp. 23-54
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  1. Part Two: Aesthetic Forms at theScandinavian Periphery
  2. pp. 55-56
  1. 2. Johan Ludvig Heibergand the Autonomy of Art
  2. pp. 57-86
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  1. 3. Aesthetics of Fragmentation in Henrik Ibsen’s Peer Gynt
  2. pp. 87-113
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  1. 4. Nora’s Departure and theAesthetics of Dependency
  2. pp. 117-166
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  1. Part Three: Modernism and Dependency
  2. pp. 167-168
  1. 5. Henry James and the Emergence of the Major Phase
  2. pp. 169-203
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  1. 7. Hugo von Hofmannsthal and the Language of the Future
  2. pp. 204-219
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  1. 7. Conflict and Mediationin James Joyce’s “The Dead
  2. pp. 220-246
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  1. 8. Intransitive Love in Rainer Maria Rilke’s The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge
  2. pp. 247-268
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 269-272
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 273-300
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 301-330
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 331-334
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