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Fascination with quotidian experience in modern art, literature, and philosophy promotes ecstatic forms of reflection on the very structure of the everyday world. Gosetti-Ferencei examines the ways in which modern art and literature enable a study of how we experience quotidian life. She shows that modernism, while exhibiting many strands of development, can be understood by investigating how its attentions to perception and expectation, to the common quality of things, or to childhood play gives way to experiences of ecstasis—the stepping outside of the ordinary familiarity of the world. While phenomenology grounds this study (through Husserl, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, and Bachelard), what makes this book more than a treatise on phenomenological aesthetics is the way in which modernity itself is examined in its relation to the quotidian. Through the works of artists and writers such as Benjamin, Cézanne, Frost, Klee, Newman, Pollock, Ponge, Proust, Rilke, Robbe-Grillet, Rothko, Sartre, and Twombly, the world of quotidian life can be seen to harbor a latent ecstasis. The breakdown of the quotidian through and after modernism then becomes an urgent question for understanding art and literature in its capacity to further human experience, and it points to the limits of phenomenological explications of the everyday.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. ix
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-11
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  1. 1. The Quotidian and Literary-Phenomenological Departures from Everydayness
  2. pp. 13-40
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  1. 2. Sources of Ecstasis in Childhood Experience
  2. pp. 41-85
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  1. 3. Literary Phenomenology from the Natural Attitude to Recognition
  2. pp. 87-121
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  1. 4. The Mysterious and Poetry of the World’s Inner Horizons
  2. pp. 123-150
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  1. 5. The Painterly and the Poetic Image Between Rilke and C
  2. pp. 151-182
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  1. 6. The Silent Ecstasis of Vision
  2. pp. 183-218
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  1. 7. Ecstatic Mimesis in Trompe l’Œil
  2. pp. 219-241
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 243-248
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  1. References
  2. pp. 249-258
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 259-268
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780271053059
Print ISBN
9780271032283
MARC Record
OCLC
233855532
Pages
280
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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