American Impersonal: Essays with Sharon Cameron

American Impersonal: Essays with Sharon Cameron

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American Impersonal brings together some of the most influential scholars now working in American literature to explore the impact of one of Americaa€™s leading literary critics: Sharon Cameron. It engages directly with certain arguments that Cameron has articulated throughout her career, most notably her late work on the question of impersonality. In doing so, it provides responses to questions fundamental to literary criticism, such as: the nature of personhood; the logic of subjectivity in depersonalized communities; the question of the human within the problematic of the impersonal; how impersonality relates to the a€œposthuman.a€ Additionally, some essays respond to the current a€œaesthetic turna€ in literary scholarship and engage with the lyric, currently much debated, as well as the larger questions of poetics and the logic of genre. These crucial issues are addressed from the perspective of an American literary and philosophical tradition, and progress chronologically, starting from Melville and Emerson and moving via Dickinson, Thoreau and Hawthorne to Henry James and Wallace Stevens. This historical perspective adds the appeal of revisiting the American nineteenth-century literary and philosophical tradition, and even rewriting it.In the words ofJoseph Goldstein, an American Dharma teacher, If someone holds up his or hand and asks what we see, most likely we would say, a#39;A hand.a#39; Actually , though, we dona#39;t see a hand at all. What the eye sees is color and form andanbsp;...

Title:American Impersonal: Essays with Sharon Cameron
Author:Branka Arsic
Publisher:Bloomsbury Publishing USA - 2014-02-27


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