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An Eye for An «I»

Attrition of the Self in the Existential Novel


Roseline Intrater

Absurdity, Externality, Nothingness, Freedom, Fragmentation: these five concepts in twentieth-century philosophy combined to revolutionize the way in which we define ourselves in life and literature. They reduce the self to an eye focused on the objective world. This book examines the combined effects of Phenomenology, Existentialism, and the Bergsonian time-construct on the concept of the self and traces the ways in which they have affected fictional characters in the Existential novels of Camus, Sartre, Robbe-Grillet, Barth, Heller and Dennis.
Contents: This book traces the emergence of the «nonegological self» in the novel under the influence of Existentialism, Phenomenology, and the Bergsonian a-temporal time concept.
Its distinction: It places the contemporary dilemma of selfhood in perspective within the larger context of the philosophical and civilizational forces of which it is an outgrowth.