By Lecia Rosenthal
Mourning Modernism: Literature, disaster, and the Politics of comfort examines the writing of disaster, mass demise, and collective loss in 20th-century literature and feedback. With specific concentrate on texts through Virginia Woolf, Walter Benjamin, and W.G. Sebald, Mourning Modernism engages the century's sign preoccupation with world-ending,a combined rhetoric of totality and rupture, finitude and survival, the top and its posthumous remainders. enthusiastic about the specter of apocalypse, the century proliferates the spectacle of world-ending as a sort of wish, an ambivalent compulsion to devour and outlive the top of all.In dialog with fresh discussions of the century's ardour for the true, and taking up the century's past due aesthetics of subtraction, Mourning Modernism reads the century's obsession with adverse kinds of finishing and end result. Drawing connections among the present curiosity within the classification of trauma and the culture of the chic, Mourning Modernism reframes the phrases of the modernist scan and its aesthetics of the breaking-point from the lens of a past due sublime.