(Chapters forthcoming)

Part One: Eight Novels

Chapter 1: The Cheated Muse (Flaubert’s Madame Bovary)

Chapter 2: Gathered from Coincidence (Dostoevsky’s The Adolescent)

Chapter 3: The Mirror of Exile (James Joyce’s Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man)

Chapter 4: With the Current: Rilke’s The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge

Chapter 5: Oedipa Maas, or The Reader’s Tragedy: Pynchon’s The Crying of Lot 49

Chapter 6. Some Bearings on Kafka’s Castle

Chapter 7. The Symbolic Mother: Proust’s A la Recherche du Temps Perdu

Chapter 8. The Library Is About to Close: Joyce Carol Oates’ them

Part Two: Six Authorities

Chapter 9. The Biology of Ethics: Kropotkin’s Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution

Chapter 10. The Vocabulary of Mercy: Simone Weil’s "Human Personality"

Chapter 11. The Telling and the Tale

Chapter 12. Encounters with Buber’s Hasidim

Chapter 13. A Reception of Black Elk Speaks

Chapter 14. In King Haggard’s Castle: Peter Beagle’s The Last Unicorn


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