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Dislocating the End

Climax, Closure and the Invention of Genre

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Alan Rosen

Dislocating the End examines how two concepts – catastrophe and typology – have reconceived the notion of ending. This innovation in ending has in turn gone hand in hand with innovation in genre. Focusing on Shakespeare’s King Lear, Defoe’s A Journal of the Plague Year, and Gershom Scholem’s theory of catastrophe, this book shows the implications of displaced endings for tragedy, novel, and historiography.