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Author Vicks, Meghan, author.
Title Narratives of nothing in 20th-century literature / Meghan Vicks.
Imprint New York : Bloomsbury Academic, An imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Inc, 2015.

Author Vicks, Meghan, author.
Subject Nabokov, Vladimir Vladimirovich, 1899-1977 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Beckett, Samuel, 1906-1989 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Pelevin, Viktor -- Criticism and interpretation.
Nothing (Philosophy) in literature.
Narration (Rhetoric)
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Description x, 196 pages ; 24 cm
Summary "The concept of nothing has been an enduring concern of the 20th century. As Martin Heidegger and Jean-Paul Sartre each positioned nothing as inseparable from the human condition, essential to the creation or operation of human existence,as Jacques Derrida demonstrated how all structures are built upon a nothing within the structure, and as mathematicians argued that zero - the number that is also not a number - allows for the creation of our modern mathematical system, Narrative of Nothing in 20th-Century Literature suggests that nothing itself enables the act of narration. Focusing on the literary works of Vladimir Nabokov, Samuel Beckett, and Victor Pelevin, Meghan Vicks traces how and why these writers give narrative form to nothing, demonstrating that nothing is essential to the creation of narrative-how our perceptions are conditioned, how we make meaning (or madness) out of the stuff of our existence, how we craft our knowable selves, or how we exist in language"-- Provided by publisher.
"Explores how 20th-century literature gives narrative form to nothing and why nothing is essential to the creation of being, narrative, and other systems of meaning-making"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 175-188) and index.
Contents Introduction : Nothing and the twentieth century -- 1. Theorizing nothing -- 2. Akaky Akakievich and Bartleby -- 3. "Working in a Void" : Vladimir Nabokov and the semiotics of nothing -- 4. Samuel Beckett : Immanence, language, nothing -- 5. Victor Pelevin's void and the post- Soviet condition -- Conclusion : Nothing as the transcendental signified.
ISBN 9781501307218 (HB)
1501307215 (HB)
9781501307225 (ePub)
9781501307232 (ePDF)
OCLC # 898053146