Our August Book of the Month is The End of Meaning: Studies in Catastrophe by Matthew Gumpert.
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Please see below for highlights of the praise this book has received:
“The End of Meaning is a brilliant, disturbing, and important book in which Matthew Gumpert dares to deprive us of one of Western culture’s most cherished (and soothing) pieties: that catastrophe is a rare disruption, something to absorb and assimilate. Gumpert demonstrates that, in fact, the opposite is the case. In powerful, often witty prose, he convinces us that the catastrophic is a commonplace. A classics scholar widely trained in philosophy, psychoanalysis, and literary theory, Gumpert is also completely at home in the realm of popular and mass culture. He reads Sophocles and Kant comfortably alongside the six o’clock news and the shopping mall. The result is a wide-ranging, erudite and potentially transformative rethinking of much of contemporary life and our lamentable political paralysis.”
—Rhonda Garelick, Professor of English and Performing Arts and Director of the Interdisciplinary Arts Symposium, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
“Masterful and erudite, The End of Meaning is a fascinating exploration of the Western concept of catastrophe from Aristotle and Genesis to contemporary American popular culture and political rhetoric. Taking 9/11 as his starting point, Gumpert unravels a central paradox: that the unprecedented nature of catastrophe is always already scripted by preceding cultural narratives; that the sense of apocalyptic rupture repeats itself within historical time. With theoretical acumen, he analyses a rich philosophical tradition to help us better understand our own moment in history.”
—Amy Kaplan, Edward W. Kane Professor of English, University of Pennsylvania