The Unbearable Lightness of Being | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by James S. Hans

This literature criticism consists of approximately 27 pages of analysis & critique of The Unbearable Lightness of Being.
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Critical Essay by James S. Hans

SOURCE: "Kundera's Laws of Beauty," in Essays in Literature, Vol. XIX, No. 1, Spring, 1992. pp. 144-58.

In the following essay, Hans analyzes Kundera's conception of beauty and shame in The Unbearable Lightness of Being.

Milan Kundera's novel The Unbearable Lightness of Being provides a serious revision of our conceptions of the nature of beauty, and in so doing it forces us to reconsider the relationship between the aesthetic and our daily lives. At the same time, the novel itself reflects the changes Kundera has brought about via his Nietzschean assessment of forms. Part traditional fiction, part essay, part lyrical exclamation, The Unbearable Lightness of Being is a decidedly impure form, one that celebrates its mixed heritage even as it establishes an essential relationship between shame and beauty. In addressing the linkages between the beautiful and...

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