Another feature of open architectonic novels is their essayism
, which manifests itself in their frequent use of lengthy passages of "undisguised philosophical speculation, theoretical discussions on the nature of art", as well as metafictional musings on the creative process and openly autobiographical references on the part of the author--with a view to breaking the frame and blurring the distinction between fiction and non-fiction (52-53).
It is true, however, that Fernandes's polemical critique of essayism
can be seen as part of a strategy for affirming sociology as a scientific discipline, a procedure to a large extent analogous to the subsequent controversy between political science and sociology.
Once again, we see Austen picking away at the received notion that the artistic worth of a novel depends simply on the quantity of overt subject matter that it puts right before us to be consumed, those gobbets of essayism
that lesser writers might anxiously insert in order to underwrite the relevance and intellectual credibility of their main narratives.
In this paper, we explore the aesthetic intricacies of Herzog's documentary essayism
and argue that it is primarily Herzog's subjectivity as a filmmaker and as a cinephile that defines his essayistic approach.
The Politics of Longevity: Hans-Jurgen Syberberg's Essayism
and the Art of Outliving Oneself.
Leo Robson in The New Statesman classifies Barnes's novella as a testimony to his sustained predilection for essayism
The third section then explains the novel's own theoretical self-understanding via explanations of Musil's core concepts: qualitylessness, sense of possibility, and essayism
17) One model for such professional literary and cultural-critical temporization, in the "new stationary states" to come, might be found in a now widely proposed, if nowhere enacted "revaluation of the essay" and of a certain essayism
(18) against a fetishization of rigor as bulk, rather than depth of thought.
Randi Saloman's Virginia Woolf's Essayism
is a valuable, provocative work, both for its theoretical postulates (which, if not wholly convincing to this reader, are highly intriguing) and for its against-the-grain readings of various texts.
literary criticism, political essayism
Lane Kauffmann has observed in his "Nietzschean Traces in the Essayism
of the Generation of 1898" how "[t]he young Maeztu was regarded as "un Nietzsche espanol" (Sobejano 319) and "Fray Candil" .
A Bridge Between Academic Philosophy and free Essayism