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By Ilai Rowner

What is an occasion? From a philosophical standpoint, occasions are abnormal occurrences—moments of switch and interruption—categorized through human conception, language, and proposal. whereas philosophers have pored over the topic of occasions greatly in recent times, The occasion: Literature and Theory seeks to floor it: what's literature’s method of the development? How does literature produce and provides testimony to events?
Ilai Rowner’s research not just revisits one of the most very important thinkers of our time, together with Maurice Blanchot, Gilles Deleuze, Jacques Derrida, and Martin Heidegger, it additionally develops a serious method of literature that questions the which means of the literary occasion via examinations of literary works by way of Marcel Proust, Louis-Ferdinand Céline, and T. S. Eliot.
Rowner bargains a brand new approach to puzzling over the actual features of the development inside literary works and defines the inventive worth of literature because the aspiration towards the un-happening in the happening. during this research the adventure of literature—as an act of either writing and reading—becomes the fight to seize the over the top circulation of the development whereas additionally revealing the artistic power inside that paintings of literature.


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The immanence of the event is, therefore, an infinite flow within the finite and real happening, a finite infinity that does not correspond, for example, to the incarnation of the divine or to the way the Idea protects the representation of the whole. Deleuze's event resembles the non-image of the underlying unconscious, the violent and elusive movement of an impersonal and pre-individual entity that undermines the real as it breaks out from beneath or "from behind the back" and creates an ongoing dissymmetrical interaction between the series of sense and things, language and life.

Semiconductor and semi-misleader, the nonlinguistic experience must become the "being of the text:' as Genette would put it, for it cannot be perceived unless it yokes itself to the experience of the written movement of style. 54 If the eventness of the event is a factor that goes beyond the text, while being dependent on the text all the same, this leads us to dwell midways between "life" and "writing:' Event analysis focuses on the articulation between what is roughly and commonly distinguished as "experience" versus "expression:' The objective of this proposaI is to follow, as closely as possible, the singular tension that is at work in the happening.

The muthas has to construct itself upon the succession of distinct sections that forms an organic unity of action: the action has been completed (téléias) for long enough (megethas) and constitutes a sum total (hales) (sob). 35 In other words, the poet never allows for chance to decide: in composing the plot, the poet must remove aIl accidentaI circumstance that does not agree with the "probability" and the "necessity" that organize the logic of the action. Hence the plot that does not abide by the coherence of its logic and that exposes a succession of acts lacking narrative reason is poetically condemned as an ''episodic plot" or as "simple action" (S1b; Ch.

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