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Futurity: Contemporary Literature and the Quest for the Past

Amir Eshel


When looking at how trauma is represented in literature and the arts, we tend to focus on the weight of the past. This book suggests that this retrospective gaze has trapped us in a search for reason in the madness of the twentieth century's catastrophes at the expense of literature's prospective vision. Considering several key literary works, the book argues that by grappling with watershed events of modernity, these works display a future-centric engagement with the past that opens up the present to new political, cultural, and ethical possibilities—what it calls futurity. Bringing together ... More

Keywords: trauma, search for reason, watershed events, modernity, ethical possibilities, futurity, Anglo-American literature, public sphere, Jewish-Israeli writers, Israel's identity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780226924953
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226924960.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Amir Eshel, author