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By Andrew W. Hass

Explores the increase of the belief of not anything in Western modernity and the way its figuration is remodeling and providing new possibilities.

In this groundbreaking, interdisciplinary background of rules, Andrew W. Hass explores the ascendency of the concept that of not anything into past due modernity. He argues that the increase of the truth of not anything in faith, philosophy, and literature has taken position in basic terms opposed to the decline of the idea that of 1: a shift from a sovereign realizing of the only (unity, universality) towards the “figure of the O”—a cipher determine that, as nonentity, is however determinant of alternative realities. The figuring of this O culminates in a proliferation of literary expressions of nothingness, void, and shortage from 1940 to 1960, yet via century’s finish, this flow has shifted from linear development to mutation, wherein faith, theology, philosophy, literature, and different serious modes of notion, similar to feminism, merge right into a shared, round task. the author W. H. Auden lends his identify to this O, his lengthy poetic paintings The Sea and the Mirror an exemplary manifestation of its implications. Hass examines this paintings, in addition to that of a number of writers, philosophers, and theologians, to track the innovative hermeneutics and inventive area of the O, and to supply the reasoning of why not anything is now this type of strong strength within the mind's eye of the twenty-first century, and of ways it could stream us via and past our turbulent times.

“The center of the ebook is Hass on The Tempest and, in particular, on Auden’s relaunching of it in The Sea and the Mirror. Any admirer of Auden’s lengthy poem … will locate a lot nourishment right here, from reviews on person lyrics to reflections at the success of the whole.” — Literature and Theology

Andrew W. Hass is Reader in serious faith on the college of Stirling in Scotland. he's the writer of Poetics of Critique: The Interdisciplinarity of Textuality and the coeditor (with David Jasper and Elisabeth Jay) of The Oxford guide of English Literature and Theology.

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