The Sense of a Beginning

Theory of the Literary Opening

Niels Buch Leander

The Sense of a Beginning

Niels Buch Leander

Distributed for Museum Tusculanum Press

240 pages | 10 halftones | 6 x 9 1/2
Cloth $40.00 ISBN: 9788763543866 Will Publish December 2017 NFS UK, IRELAND, AND SCANDINAVIA
The Sense of a Beginning is the first comprehensive exploration of the openings of novels. With a title that deliberately echoes Frank Kermode’s famous book on endings, the book addresses the formal challenge of opening lines, especially in modernism, and illustrates their significance to both literary creation and literary criticism. Niels Buch Leander’s approach is wide-ranging, examining how beginnings in fiction relate to beginnings in nature, how they work from a formal and narrative point of view, how modernist self-awareness plays out in openings, and how openings have altered criticism itself through intertextuality. Drawing on examples from D. H. Lawrence, Thomas Mann, Paul Valery, and more, as well as appraisals by critics like Roland Barthes and Edward Said, Leander fills a truly surprising gap in literary scholarship.
 
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