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dc.contributor.advisor Woods, Timothy Slocombe, Will 2006-09-05T13:50:53Z 2006-09-05T13:50:53Z 2003
dc.description A revised version of this thesis has subsequently been published, with major changes primarily to the "Literature" section, as Nihilism and the Sublime Postmodern: The (Hi) Story of a Difficult Relationship (Routledge, 2006). ISBN: 0415975298 en
dc.description.abstract This thesis examines the relationship between nihilism and postmodernism in relation to the sublime, and is divided into two parts: theory and literature. Beginning with histories of nihilism and the sublime, the Enlightenment is constructed as a conflict between the two. Rather than promote a simple binarism, however, nihilism is constructed as a temporally-displaced form of sublimity that is merely labelled as nihilism because of the dominant ideologies at the time. Postmodernism, as a product of the Enlightenment, is therefore implicitly related to both nihilism and the sublime, despite the fact that it is often characterised as either nihilistic or sublime. Whereas prior forms of nihilism are 'modernist' because they seek to codify reality, postmodernism creates a new formulation of nihilism – 'postmodern nihilism' – that is itself sublime. This is explored in relation to a broad survey of postmodern literature through a series of interconnected themes. These themes – apocalypse, the absurd, absence, and space – arise from the debates presented in the theoretical chapters of this thesis, and demonstrate the ways in which nihilism and the sublime interact within postmodern literature. Because of the theoretical and literary debates presented within it, this thesis concludes that it cannot be a thesis at all. en
dc.description.sponsorship University of Wales Aberystwyth en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University of Wales Aberystwyth en
dc.subject postmodernism en
dc.subject nihilism en
dc.subject sublime en
dc.title Postmodern Nihilism: Theory and Literature en
dc.type Text en
dc.publisher.department English en
dc.type.qualificationlevel doctoral en
dc.type.qualificationname PhD en
dc.type.publicationtype thesis or dissertation

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