Jeffers, Jennifer M.
The End of Narrative
Year of Publication: 2001
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt/M., Oxford, Wien, 2001. 232 pp., ill.
ISBN 978-0-8204-5510-5 hardback (Hardcover)
Weight: 0.470 kg, 1.036 lbs
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In the twentieth century painters, playwrights, and novelists began to produce non-representational works that eschewed narrative and were entirely devoted to an achromatic colorscape. Uncharted Space: The End of Narrative overturns critical exegesis that interprets these works as negative or as the «end» of art by offering a new way to think about and to articulate works devoid of narrative and color. When understood from a different critical perspective, art and literature produced at the end of narrative challenge our traditional ways of interpreting all art production.
About the author(s)/editor(s)
The Author: Jennifer M. Jeffers is Assistant Professor of English at Cleveland State University. She received her Ph.D. in comparative literature from Emory University. In addition to numerous articles, she has edited Samuel Beckett: A Casebook, co-edited Contextualizing Aesthetics: From Plato to Lyotard, and has a critical study on the contemporary Irish novel forthcoming, Gender, Bodies and Power: The Irish Novel in the Last Decade of the Twentieth Century.
«'Uncharted Space' is an extremely challenging work that effectively deploys a very sophisticated array of theoretical material. Of decisive interest is its exploration of the complex relations that hold between chromaticism and achromaticism not only in modernist visual arts, but also in the context of literature and theatre. In conventional theoretical discourse, the achromatic is seen as a peripheral form. This study clarifies its great significance by exploring some of the conditions of its marginality. The result is an important and provocative book.» (Paul Crowther, Professor of Philosophy, University of Central Lancashire)
Literature and the Visual Arts: New Foundations. Vol. 15
General Editor: Ernest B. Gilman