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Saul Bellow and Imagination

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Authors
Kim, Young-Moo
Issue Date
1985
Publisher
서울대학교 미국학연구소
Citation
미국학, Vol.8, pp. 103-115
Abstract
As this quotation indicates clearly, Saul Bellow (1915~) definitely rejects the modernist's common assumption that "humankind has reached a terminal point." He insists that however dismal and bleak the contemporary situation may be, the novlist cannot and should not give the "apocalyptic interpretation" of human history. Indeed, there are misery and wretchedness; the ultimate nihilistic belief beckons the novelist. But it is a temptation which should be overcome. Declaration of "the last word," that man is finished, is a reckless exaggeration. It is "misrepresenting ourselves to ourselves."2l One of the surest ways to tell the truth probably lies in the realization that man is neither so great nor so insignificant. The deepest truth is to be found in the correct understanding of "being human." Bellow urges the novelist to cast away "a conventional unearned wretchedness, a bitterness about existence which is mere fashion." The novelist should "trust his own sense of life." Thisis the fundamental position of Bellow the novelist.
ISSN
1229-4381
Language
English
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10371/88412
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