By David Michael Kleinberg-Levin
Probing research of ways literature can redeem the revelatory, redemptive powers of language.
In this probing examine Alfred Döblin’s 1929 novel Berlin Alexanderplatz and the tales of W. G. Sebald, Redeeming Words bargains a philosophical meditation at the strength of language in literature. David Kleinberg-Levin attracts at the serious concept of Benjamin and Adorno; the idealism and romanticism of Kant, Hegel, Hölderlin, Novalis, and Schelling; and the 19th- and twentieth-century considered Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Derrida. He exhibits how Döblin and Sebald—writers with considerably various types operating in several historic moments—have in universal a fight opposed to forces of negativity and an goal to result in in reaction a undeniable redemption of language. Kleinberg-Levin considers the fast moving, staccato, and hard-cut sentences of Döblin and the ghostly, languorous, and depression prose fiction of Sebald to articulate how either writers use language in an try to recuperate and bring this utopian promise of happiness for all times in a time of mourning.
“Redeeming Words is a sublime, hugely discovered, and incisive exploration of ways language—and hence the best literature of our time—both registers the event of the lack of utopia and affirms wish by means of making the loss extra transparent. It takes as its subject matter the main profound reflections at the function of phrases in a time of abandonment and disenchantment. Kleinberg-Levin argues not just that phrases speak this feeling of loss yet represent it by way of failing to accomplish overall mastery and transparency and self-consciously thematizing the corruption and likewise affirmative energy of phrases. on the inner most point, this learn analyzes phrases and what the very lifestyles of phrases can confer to contributors and communities.” — Peter Fritzsche, writer of The Turbulent international of Franz Göll: a normal Berliner Writes the 20th Century
David Kleinberg-Levin is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Northwestern college. His many books contain Gestures of moral existence: studying Hölderlin’s query of degree After Heidegger; Before the Voice of cause: Echoes of accountability in Merleau-Ponty’s Ecology and Levinas’s Ethics, additionally released via SUNY Press; and Redeeming phrases and the Promise of Happiness: A serious concept method of Wallace Stevens and Vladimir Nabokov.