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Against the EventThe Everyday and Evolution of Modernist Narrative$
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Michael Sayeau

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199681259

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199681259.001.0001

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Introduction: In the Anteroom of the Event

Introduction: In the Anteroom of the Event

(p.1) 1 Introduction: In the Anteroom of the Event
Against the Event

Michael Sayeau

Oxford University Press

This chapter, which serves as the introduction of Against the Event, defines and elaborates upon many of the keywords and theoretical paradigms at work in the project as a whole, in addition to introducing the central figures of focus in the remainder of the study. After a discussion of what the nature of the narrative “event” is in the first place, and its complex relationship to the “everyday,” this chapter discusses the emergence of a literary suspicion of the event and an embrace of the everyday. The chapter further recounts the history of twentieth-century continental philosophy's engagement with the issue of the event—from Heidegger through to Derrida, Deleuze, and Badiou. Finally, this chapter locates the emergence of this “anti-evental” turn in modernist literature within its historical context

Keywords:   Modernism, everyday, event, Walter Benjamin, Alain Badiou, literature, modernity

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