The End of Literature, Hegel, and the Contemporary Novel

Springer Verlag (2019)
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This book explores the concept of the end of literature through the lens of Hegel's philosophy of art. In his version of Hegel's 'end of art' thesis, Arthur Danto claimed that contemporary art has abandoned its distinctive sensitive and emotive features to become increasingly reflective. Contemporary art has become a question of philosophical reflection on itself and on the world, thus producing an epochal change in art history. The core idea of this book is that this thesis applies quite well to all forms of art except one, namely literature: literature resists its 'end'. Unlike other arts, which have experienced significant fractures in the contemporary world, Campana proposes that literature has always known how to renew itself in order to retain its distinguishing features, so much so that in a way it has always come to terms with its own end. Analysing the distinct character of literature, this book proposes a new and original interpretation of the 'end of art' thesis, showing how it can be used as a key conceptual framework to understand the contemporary novel.



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In my conclusion, I recap the previous chapters and return to the starting problem of the book. I restate the specificity of the thesis of the end of literature, which is based in great part on the theoretical and historical distinction between literature and the other arts. I claim that an analysis... see more

The Contemporary Novel and the End of Literature

In this chapter, I apply and test the theoretical acquisitions of the previous chapters to today’s concrete literary production. The chapter also aims to provide a possible critical understanding of contemporary literature. I introduce the subject with some considerations on how a philosophy of lite... see more

Philosophisation and Ordinariness

Relying on the context provided in Chapters 10.1007/978-3-030-31395-1_2 and 10.1007/978-3-030-31395-1_3, I come back to Hegel and consider the meanings of the thesis of the end of literature with specific reference to his work. I address the multiplicity of interpretations of Hegel’s thesis on the e... see more

The End of Literature

In this chapter, I tackle the thesis of the end of art as far as it is directed to literature. I present the thesis of the end of literature as a theoretical discourse within the more general tradition of the end of art. At the same time, I stress how the discourse on the end of literature has also ... see more

Literature and the Other Arts

In order to understand the peculiarity of literature and enable the later exploration of a possible ‘end of literature’ tradition, in this chapter I tackle the divide between literature and the other arts. The chapter is structured in two parts: the former is theoretical, and the latter is historica... see more

The End of Art and the Resistance of Literature

According to Arthur C. Danto, contemporary art has experienced an epochal shift, which he calls, following Hegel, the ‘end of art’. Art has abandoned what was previously its distinctive feature, namely its sensitive and emotive characteristics, and has become increasingly more reflective. Danto argu... see more

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Francesco Campana
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