Focuses upon the systematic interest that so many European philosophers take in modernism. In this study, the author answers that the culture of modernism is a kind of anarchist community, where the work of art is apt to be as much an event or experience - or, indeed, an alternative form of life - as a formal object.
Gerald L. Bruns is the William P. & Hazel B. White Professor of English at the University of Notre Dame. His books include: Modern Poetry and the Idea of Language; Inventions: Writing, Textuality and Understanding in Literary History; Heidegger's Estrangements: Language, Truth, and Poetry in the Later Writings; Hermeneutics Ancient and Modern; and Maurice Blanchot: The Refusal of Philosophy. His most recent book is The Material of Poetry: Sketches for a Philosophical Poetics.