We are pleased to give notice of the release of the book The End of Literature, Hegel, and the Contemporary Novel by Francesco Campana (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019).
Below you can find a brief presentation of the book from the back cover:
This book explores the concept of the end of literature through the lens of Hegel’s philosophy of art. In his version of the Hegelian end of art thesis, Arthur C. Danto claimed that contemporary art has abandoned its distinctive sensitive and emotive features to become increasingly reflective. Contemporary art has become a question of philosophical reflection on itself and on the world, thus producing an epochal change in art history. The core idea of this book is that this thesis applies quite well to all forms of art except one, namely literature: literature resists its end.
Unlike other arts, which have experienced significant fractures in the contemporary world, Campana proposes that literature has always known how to renew itself in order to retain its distinguishing features, so much so that in a way it has always come to terms with its own end. Analysing the distinct character of literature, this book proposes a new and original interpretation of the end of art thesis, showing how it can be used as a key conceptual framework to understand the contemporary novel.
For further information, please visit the webpage of the publisher at this link.