A Guide to Philosophy in Six Hours and Fifteen Minutes by Witold Gombrowicz

By Witold Gombrowicz

In a small literary gem choked with sardonic wit, great insights, and provocative feedback Witold Gombrowicz discusses Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Kierkegaard, Sartre, and Heidegger in six "one-hour" essays—and addresses Marxism in a "fifteen-minute" piece.

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On one hand, it causes modernists to ask whether the multitude might evolve all the powers of critique, direction, and self-suspension embodied in the vanguard party, even without the centralized, bureaucratic agents who are supposed to personify these powers. On the other, it causes them to worry that this political ideal is nothing but a fantasy — one that all too easily conceals the process whereby popular leaders who are bent on accumulating power consolidate and centralize their rule. Because of its concern with modernism’s relationship to mass parties and mass movements, Michael Tratner’s Modernism and Mass Politics is a particularly important forerunner to this book.

Thy whole soul stands in me,”72 or the Russian Futurists’ vanguardist proclamation, “We alone are the face of our time,”73 has no equivalent in the works I analyze, whose moments of cosmic rhetoric are so tenuous and awkward that they immediately mobilize forms of self-consciousness and critique. No doubt this signals Anglo-American modernism’s distance from the continental vanguard parties of both the right and the left, whose rhetorical forms and modes of organization saturated experimental writing in much of Europe.

INTRODUCTION . 19 The Literature of the Multitude The works I analyze in this book all share this figural ambition, the desire to make visible spontaneous patterns of collective existence that contain the elements of social and artistic order. Williams’s epic poem Paterson, Lewis’s closet drama Enemy of the Stars, Riding’s lyric poems “Disclaimer of the Person” and “I Am,” and Stevens’s long poem “Owl’s Clover” all represent these virtual orders as implicit in the multitude. As such, these works belong to a subtradition of modernism that might be called the literature of the multitude.

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