Transcendental Homelessness

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What is Transcendental homelessness?

Transcendental homelessness (German: transzendentale Heimatlosigkeit) is a philosophical term coined by George Lukacs in his 1920 work Theory of the Novel. Lukacs describes the term as "the urge to be at home everywhere". He labeled modern novels, especially those of German Romanticism, as the artistic expression of this philosophy of trying to make oneself feel welcomed in any place or situation. The theme is deeply explored in Hermann Broch's acclaimed The Sleepwalkers trilogy.

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