Kierkegaard And The Phenomenology Of Repetition In The Nouveau Roman

  • Işil Özcan
Part of the Analecta Husserliana book series (ANHU, volume 101)


This paper will focus on Alain Robbe-Grillet’s literary practices to the extent they seem to traverse the philosophy of Søren Kierkegaard. Taking Kierkegaard’s theories of self-consciousness, historicality, temporality, repetition, and existence, this paper will argue that these theories of Kierkegaard pervade Robbe-Grillet’s novels. A Kierkegaardian analysis of Robbe-Grillet’s nouveau romans hopes to demonstrate that repetition, as difference, as beginning, as the Kierkegaardian instant, and as Robbe-Grillet-like indeterminacy, is nothing but a radical openness toward the future, toward the Other.


Absolute Knowledge Repetitive Account Absolute Negativity Free Indirect Discourse Typological Thinking 
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