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Will To Appear

Kraus, Paul LU (2015) LIVR07 20121
Master's Programme: Literature - Culture - Media
English Studies
Abstract
This paper presents an opportunity for the uncertainty that has plagued the novel's criticism to appear as absences in the body of historical knowledge, particularly regarding the notion of life after death. Taking appearance (eg. proof of existence), as opposed to disappearance, as a universally accepted value allows this analysis to interrogate the novel's logic in relation to a variety of conventional systems whose very existence depends on the reproduction of their systems. The ineffectuality of Foucauldian disciplinary institutions in the novel establishes the threat of nonexistence. A significant relationship to Dante's Inferno is rendered, lending the appearance of language an 'enchanted' value through allusions to Dante's... (More)
This paper presents an opportunity for the uncertainty that has plagued the novel's criticism to appear as absences in the body of historical knowledge, particularly regarding the notion of life after death. Taking appearance (eg. proof of existence), as opposed to disappearance, as a universally accepted value allows this analysis to interrogate the novel's logic in relation to a variety of conventional systems whose very existence depends on the reproduction of their systems. The ineffectuality of Foucauldian disciplinary institutions in the novel establishes the threat of nonexistence. A significant relationship to Dante's Inferno is rendered, lending the appearance of language an 'enchanted' value through allusions to Dante's intentional invocation of Augustinian corporeal vision. The novel's metalanguage appears enchanted by the body of historical knowledge, particularly as the product of capitalism, discipline and Judeo-Christianity, and programmed by literary precursors William S. Burroughs, Gertrude Stein and Ernest Hemingway. Foregrounded by this complex network, an analysis of the novel’s first chapter demonstrates how an attention to appearance brings the language to life and draws the narrator, equally invested in appearance, into its realm of representation. (Less)
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This paper presents an opportunity for the uncertainty that has plagued the novel's criticism to appear as absences in the body of historical knowledge, particularly regarding the notion of life after death. Taking appearance (eg. proof of existence), as opposed to disappearance, as a universally accepted value allows this analysis to interrogate the novel's logic in relation to a variety of conventional systems whose very existence depends on the reproduction of their systems. The ineffectuality of Foucauldian disciplinary institutions in the novel establishes the threat of nonexistence. A significant relationship to Dante's Inferno is rendered, lending the appearance of language an 'enchanted' value through allusions to Dante's... (More)
This paper presents an opportunity for the uncertainty that has plagued the novel's criticism to appear as absences in the body of historical knowledge, particularly regarding the notion of life after death. Taking appearance (eg. proof of existence), as opposed to disappearance, as a universally accepted value allows this analysis to interrogate the novel's logic in relation to a variety of conventional systems whose very existence depends on the reproduction of their systems. The ineffectuality of Foucauldian disciplinary institutions in the novel establishes the threat of nonexistence. A significant relationship to Dante's Inferno is rendered, lending the appearance of language an 'enchanted' value through allusions to Dante's intentional invocation of Augustinian corporeal vision. The novel's metalanguage appears enchanted by the body of historical knowledge, particularly as the product of capitalism, discipline and Judeo-Christianity, and programmed by literary precursors William S. Burroughs, Gertrude Stein and Ernest Hemingway. Foregrounded by this complex network, an analysis of the novel’s first chapter demonstrates how an attention to appearance brings the language to life and draws the narrator, equally invested in appearance, into its realm of representation. (Less)
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author
Kraus, Paul LU
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organization
alternative title
Dante's Infernal Vision in Bret Easton Ellis's American Pscyho
course
LIVR07 20121
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
Bret Easton Ellis, American Psycho, Literary Analysis, Critical Analysis, Deleuze, Foucault, Control Society, Discipline, William S. Burroughs, Dante, Augustine
language
English
id
5113984
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2015-06-18 09:05:42
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  abstract     = {This paper presents an opportunity for the uncertainty that has plagued the novel's criticism to appear as absences in the body of historical knowledge, particularly regarding the notion of life after death. Taking appearance (eg. proof of existence), as opposed to disappearance, as a universally accepted value allows this analysis to interrogate the novel's logic in relation to a variety of conventional systems whose very existence depends on the reproduction of their systems. The ineffectuality of Foucauldian disciplinary institutions in the novel establishes the threat of nonexistence. A significant relationship to Dante's Inferno is rendered, lending the appearance of language an 'enchanted' value through allusions to Dante's intentional invocation of Augustinian corporeal vision. The novel's metalanguage appears enchanted by the body of historical knowledge, particularly as the product of capitalism, discipline and Judeo-Christianity, and programmed by literary precursors William S. Burroughs, Gertrude Stein and Ernest Hemingway. Foregrounded by this complex network, an analysis of the novel’s first chapter demonstrates how an attention to appearance brings the language to life and draws the narrator, equally invested in appearance, into its realm of representation.},
  author       = {Kraus, Paul},
  keyword      = {Bret Easton Ellis,American Psycho,Literary Analysis,Critical Analysis,Deleuze,Foucault,Control Society,Discipline,William S. Burroughs,Dante,Augustine},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Will To Appear},
  year         = {2015},
}