The Sense of an Ending

Examining the works of writers from Plato to William Burrows, Kermode shows how they have persistently imposed their "fictions" upon the face of eternity and how these have reflected the apocalyptic spirit.

The Sense of an Ending

The Sense of an Ending

Frank Kermode is one of our most distinguished critics of English literature. Here, he contributes a new epilogue to his collection of classic lectures on the relationship of fiction to age-old concepts of apocalyptic chaos and crisis. Prompted by the approach of the millennium, he revisits the book which brings his highly concentrated insights to bear on some of the most unyielding philosophical and aesthetic enigmas. Examining the works of writers from Plato to William Burrows, Kermode shows how they have persistently imposed their "fictions" upon the face of eternity and how these have reflected the apocalyptic spirit. Kermode then discusses literature at a time when new fictive explanations, as used by Spenser and Shakespeare, were being devised to fit a world of uncertain beginning and end. He goes on to deal perceptively with modern literature with "traditionalists" such as Yeats, Eliot, and Joyce, as well as contemporary "schismatics," the French "new novelists," and such seminal figures as Jean-Paul Sartre and Samuel Beckett. Whether weighing the difference between modern and earlier modes of apocalyptic thought, considering the degeneration of fiction into myth, or commenting on the vogue of the Absurd, Kermode is distinctly lucid, persuasive, witty, and prodigal of ideas.

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The Sense of an Ending
Language: en
Pages: 224
Authors: Frank Kermode
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2000-04-06 - Publisher: Oxford University Press

Frank Kermode is one of our most distinguished critics of English literature. Here, he contributes a new epilogue to his collection of classic lectures on the relationship of fiction to age-old concepts of apocalyptic chaos and crisis. Prompted by the approach of the millennium, he revisits the book which brings
The Sense of an Ending
Language: en
Pages: 150
Authors: Julian Barnes
Categories: Life change events
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012 - Publisher: Random House

Winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 2011 Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they would navigate the girl-less sixth form together, trading in affectations, in-jokes, rumour and wit. Maybe Adrian was a little more serious than the others, certainly
The Sense of an Ending and Other Postmodern Tragedies
Language: en
Pages:
Authors: Rebecca Woodall
Categories: New Zealand fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016 - Publisher:

Author supplied keywords: Tragedy; Short story; Metafiction; Postmodern.
The Sense of an Ending
Language: en
Pages:
Authors: Rebecca Woodall
Categories: New Zealand fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019 - Publisher:

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The Sense of an Ending: Take III.
Language: en
Pages:
Authors: Rebecca Woodall
Categories: New Zealand fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2015 - Publisher:

Julian Barnes's novel, The Sense of an Ending, follows his autobiographical meditation on mortality, Nothing to be Frightened Of, in offering a dystopian view of the meaningfulness of existence ("what it all adds up to") in the face of an ending that amounts to annihilation, for the self and ultimately

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