Text, Body and Indeterminacy

Text, Body and Indeterminacy
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Format E-Bok
Kopisperre Teknisk DRM
Filformat PDF
Utgivelsesår 2009
Forlag Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Språk Engelsk
ISBN 9781443809061
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The nature of the self is an important point at which philosophy and literature intersect. Text, Body and Indeterminacy acknowledges this connection by forging a link between the philosophical concept of the self and the category of the literary character.The philosophical horizon of Text, Body and Indeterminacy is delineated by the neo-pragmatist debate on selfhood. The book entwines the ideas of Richard Rorty and Richard Shusterman by stressing similarity in their aestheticizing of ethics and by showing the difference in their understanding of the self as textual or bodily. The characters created by Pater and Wilde are freshly assessed within this dual philosophical perspective. Their doppelgaengers are seen as the forerunners of postmodernist concepts: the cerebral flaneur is reflected in Rorty's model "ironist," and the sensuous aesthete returns through Shusterman's notion of the somatic self. Text, Body and Indeterminacy establishes how Pater renders his protagonists through discursive patterns-tropes of Decadence, philosophical theorems, and myths-only to subvert these vocabularies and to emphasize the reality of the body, the extra-textual dimension of the self. It also shows how Wilde's sensuous personae, both bodily and indeterminate, transcend the vocabularies available to the Wildean flaneurs. Through its interpretations, Text Body and Indeterminacy uniquely combines literary portraits by Pater and Wilde, highlights interlocking themes and, in every reading, points to the ethical gains of tilting the idea of selfhood into the somatic realm.


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