Eternity's Ennui: Temporality, Perseverance and Voice in Augustine and Western Literature

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Augustine articulates temporality as focus rather than duration. It encompasses the shift from the future through the present to the past. Yet this a-causal, free-floating concept of time has never been applied to the shape of Augustine's own narrative in the Confessions, or to that other vintage Augustinian problem: predestination. This book examines Augustinian temporality by experimentally projecting it onto modern(ist) authors (Kleist, Henry James, Kafka, Beckett) who are less dependent on sequential narrative and more ...

Eternity's Ennui: Temporality, Perseverance and Voice in Augustine and Western Literature 2010, Brill, Leiden

ISBN-13: 9789004189362

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