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Dr. Jil Larson
Dr. Mark Richardson
In all of Kundera's writing there is the search, the yearning, to understand more of the world around us~specifically around Kundera. His fiction deals both with the lives of people caught up in this world, some happily, some miserably, each undeniably held by human constraints, and also with how these people are affected by their natural constraints. His critical writing offers further examination and theory about these constraints: what they are, specifically, how they work, and how they affect people. With this comes a detailed assessment of our epoch, which he calls "The Modern Era," and the phenomena that characterize it, most notably the "terminal paradox."
Plavnick, Matt, "The Art of the Novel: How Kundera Helps Us Read The Unbearable Lightness of Being" (1998). Honors Theses. 852.
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