Wolf Solent by John Cowper Powys

By John Cowper Powys

This British novel, lately restored to print, follows a delicate younger Londoner who returns to an insulated village in his local Dorset and turns into romantically entwined with greatly various girls.

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To the more recent poets, the catastrophe is accustomed to present difficulties. ’’45 ‘‘Shrinking Earth’’ The threat, and this is the great confinement, is having in one’s head a reduced mental picture of the Earth—an Earth that is constantly flown over, traversed and violated in its real size. That shrinking Earth is destroying me for that very reason, me, the planet-man who is no longer aware of any expanse at all. Paul Virilio, Politics of the Very Worst ‘‘With technology’s having seized power—a revolution this, planned by no one, totally anonymous and irresistible—the dynamism has taken on .................

For Lyotard, the future anterior is the grammar of the correct ‘‘understanding’’ of the sublime, that understanding he calls the postmodern. ‘‘The postmodern would be that which in the modern invokes the unpresentable in presentation itself, that which refuses the consolation of correct forms, refuses the consensus of taste permitting a common experience of nostalgia for the impossible, and inquires into new presentations—not to take pleasure in them, but to better produce the feeling that there is something unpresentable.

What we want from the catastrophe is always a mixed affair: We want more and no more catastrophe. Perhaps we want for the catastrophe, insofar as it wreaks havoc with the norm, to have changed everything, a messianic turn. Perhaps we want from the catastrophe, insofar as it wreaks havoc with the norm, to deliver only more of the same, not to have changed anything at all. Catastrophe, then, the anticipated but unknown end, the end of catastrophe, catastrophe as its aftermaths. And what, then, of catastrophe as the future of catastrophe?

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