Scholarly interest in the concept of lateness has experienced a surge in the last couple of years, especially in the European context, following Edward Said's On Late Style (2006). In August 2015, the New German Critique published a special issue entitled Figuring Lateness in Modern German Culture, and Ben Hutchinson's Lateness and Modern Europe represents the culmination of years of his own research in the field. “Lateness” as a heuristic for cultural and literary studies encompasses several subcategories, including lateness as maturity or old age, as tardiness, as epigonality, and as proximity to death. These subcategories are part of the European focus and do not broach the topic of “belated modernity,” a phrase used to express the status of cultures that are technologically, politically, or culturally “late” to modernity (e.g., as represented in studies by Gregory Jusdanis and Suna Ertuğrul et al.). The present book under review will appeal...
Lateness and Modern European Literature
marlo alexandra burks is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin. She is currently working on revisions to her book on art and ethics in the work of Hugo von Hofmannsthal.
Marlo Alexandra Burks; Lateness and Modern European Literature. Comparative Literature Studies 15 May 2018; 55 (2): 431–434. doi: https://doi.org/10.5325/complitstudies.55.2.0431
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