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The MomentTime and Rupture in Modern Thought$
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Heidrun Friese

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780853239567

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846314179

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Instants of Diminishing Representation: The Problem of Temporal Modalities

Instants of Diminishing Representation: The Problem of Temporal Modalities

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(p.113) Chapter 6 Instants of Diminishing Representation: The Problem of Temporal Modalities
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The Moment
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Karl Heinz Bohrer

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780853239567.003.0007

This chapter provides a reflection by Karl Heinz Bohrer regarding how extraordinary moment has found its place as a central theme in modern literature. Bohrer supports his claim by engaging in topics such as how writers like James Joyce, Virginia Woolf and Robert Musil avoid the usage of metaphysical references in their works, and also, on how Andre Breton conceptualized the surrealist event. Bohrer culminates all the findings for his arguments by indicating that suddenness is the common assumption of literary forms of the instant and a representation of an imaginative dimension.

Keywords:   modern literature, Joyce, Woolf, Musil, Breton, surrealist event, suddenness

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