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Prosaic Desires: Modernist Knowledge, Boredom, Laughter, and Anticipation

Sara Crangle


Exploring a variety of everyday human longings as they arise in modernist fiction, this book poses a direct challenge to psychoanalytic criticism that characterises desire as sexual or powerful in nature. Using continental philosophy as its framework, it contends that human longings are as endless in kind as they are in manifestation. As philosophy moved into the twentieth century, there was a discernible shift in emphasis from individual wilfulness to the role of the other in desire. In examining this historical trajectory, the book considers Schopenhauer, Nietzsche and Heidegger, but relies ... More

Keywords: modernist fiction, psychoanalytic criticism, continental philosophy, human longings, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Levinas, subjective autonomy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780748640850
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640850.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sara Crangle, author