The blossom which we are: the novel and the transience of cultural worlds

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The Blossom Which We Are traces the emergence of a distinctly modern form of human vulnerability—our intimate dependence on the fragile and time-bound cultural frameworks that we inhabit—as it manifests in the realm of the novel. Nir Evron juxtaposes seminal works from diverse national literatures to demonstrate that the trope of cultural extinction offers key insights into the emotional and ideological work performed by the realist novel. With an analysis that ranges from the works of Maria Edgeworth and Walter Scott, Edith Wharton's Age of Innocence and Joseph Roth's Radetzky March and Yaakov Shabtai's Past Continuous, and finally to the current state of the humanities, this book seeks to recover literary criticism's humanistic mission, bringing the best that has been thought and said to bear on urgent contemporary concerns.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAlbany, NY
PublisherSUNY Press
Number of pages223
ISBN (Print)1438480687, 9781438480688
StatePublished - 2020

Publication series

NameSUNY series, literature ... in theory
PublisherSuny Press


  • Social change in literature
  • Culture in literature
  • Literature and society
  • Fiction

ULI Keywords

  • uli
  • Fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism
  • Literature and society -- History -- 20th century
  • Social change in literature
  • סיפורת -- המאה ה-20 -- היסטוריה וביקורת
  • الخيال (الأدب) -- القرن ٢٠ -- تاريخ ونقد
  • ספרות וחברה -- היסטוריה -- המאה ה-20
  • الأدب والمجتمع -- التاريخ -- القرن ٢٠


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