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 America 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 posthuman. Additionally, some essays respond to the current aesthetic turn 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.Your greatest success will be simply to perceive that such things area€ (TJ, 12, 371 , October 4, 1859). ... to you, helping to redeem your life, this end is not so surely accomplished... if youshould ever perceivethe meaningyou would disregard allanbsp;...

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

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