Against the Event
The Everyday and Evolution of Modernist Narrative
Table of Contents
Chapter I. Introduction: In the Anteroom of the Event
What is the Everyday?
What is an Event
Literature and the Event
The Emergence of Modernist Narrative
Chapter II: 'The future was a dark corridor': Flaubert's Madame Bovary, The Everyday, and Style
'As though in a grip of a ghastly terror'
A Book About Nothing, an Exercise in Style
The Nouveau and the Genre
Skipping: An Aesthetics of Uneventful Existence
Homais's Cross of Honor: Flaubert and History
Chapter III: The 'Odd Consequence' of Progress: H.G. Wells's The Time Machine and the Fin de Siècle Everyday
The Catastrophic Status-Quo: Empire, Economics, and Sex at the End of the Nineteenth Century
A Universal Tendency to Dissipation: Overproduction and Heat Death
'After the Battle Comes the Quiet': Wells's Ambivalent Modernity
'My Story Slips Away from Me': The Narrative Impulse vs. Social Stasis
Everyday Apocalypse and the Morlocks ex Machina
Chapter IV: 'His Occupation Would Be Gone': Unemployment and Time in Conrad's Heart of Darkness
The Invention of Unemployment: Conrad's Careers
Marlow's Discourse and the Temporality of Work
The 'Helpers': The Belgian Congo, Forced Labor, and the Posthuman
Conrad's Unemployment, the Narrative Event, and Modernism
Chapter V: Joyce's Anti-Epiphanies: The Atomic Form of Fiction
The Manuscript Epiphanies of 1900-1903
Dubliners: The Critique of Pure Epiphany
Portrait and the Temporality of Impersonality
Back to the Strand: 'Nausicaa'
Modernism, the Everyday, and Auerbach's 'Very Simple Solution'