Literature

Witnessing: Beyond Recognition

$20.00

Philosophy

A new, ethically based theory of identity by a major scholar.

Challenging the fundamental tenet of the multicultural movement-that social struggles turning upon race, gender, and sexuality are struggles for recognition-this work offers a powerful critique of current conceptions of identity and subjectivity based on Hegelian notions of recognition. The author's critical engagement with major texts of contemporary philosophy prepares the way for a highly original conception of ethics based on witnessing.

Central to this project is Oliver's contention that the demand for recognition is a symptom of the pathology of oppression that perpetuates subject-object and same-different hierarchies. While theorists across the disciplines of the humanities and social sciences focus their research on multiculturalism around the struggle for recognition, Oliver argues that the actual texts and survivors' accounts from the aftermath of the Holocaust and slavery are testimonials to a pathos that is "beyond recognition."

Oliver traces many of the problems with the recognition model of subjective identity to a particular notion of vision presupposed in theories of recognition and misrecognition. Contesting the idea of an objectifying gaze, she reformulates vision as a loving look that facilitates connection rather than necessitates alienation. As an alternative, Oliver develops a theory of witnessing subjectivity. She suggests that the notion of witnessing, with its double meaning as either eyewitness or bearing witness to the unseen, is more promising than recognition for describing the onset and sustenance of subjectivity. Subjectivity is born out of and sustained by the process of witnessing-the possibility of address and response-which puts ethical obligations at its heart. Kelly Oliver is professor of philosophy and women's studies at SUNY Stony Brook. She is the author of, among other works, Subjectivity without Subjects (1998) and Family Values (1997).

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9780816636280

Woman, Native, Other: Writing Postcoloniality and Feminism

$16.95

"... methodologically innovative... precise and perceptive and conscious... " ―Text and Performance Quarterly

"Woman, Native, Other is located at the juncture of a number of different fields and disciplines, and it genuinely succeeds in pushing the boundaries of these disciplines further. It is one of the very few theoretical attempts to grapple with the writings of women of color." ―Chandra Talpade Mohanty

"The idea of Trinh T. Minh-ha is as powerful as her films... formidable... " ―Village Voice

"... its very forms invite the reader to participate in the effort to understand how language structures lived possibilities." ―Artpaper

"Highly recommended for anyone struggling to understand voices and experiences of those ‘we’ label ‘other’." ―Religious Studies Review

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9780253205032

The Tragic Abyss

$22.00

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Title: The Tragic Abyss
Author: Arbery, Glenn C. (EDT)
Publisher: Dallas Inst Humanities & Culture
Publication Date: 2003/11/01
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Binding Type: PAPERBACK
Library of Congress: 2003016171

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9780911005417
Publication Date: 
2003-12-31

Rilke on Love and Other Difficulties: Translations and Considerations

$13.95

Combining passion and sensitivity, the poems on love presented here are often not only sensual but sexual as well. Others pursue perennial themes in his work death and life, growth and transformation. The book concludes with Rilke's reflections on wisdom and openness to experience, on grasping what is most difficult and turning what is most alien into that which we can most trust "

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9780393310986
Publication Date: 
1994-01-31
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How Proust Can Change Your Life

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As relevant today as they were at the turn of the century, Proust's life and work are transformed here into a no-nonsense guide to, among other things, enjoying your vacation, reviving a relationship, achieving original and uncliched articulation, being a good host, recognizing love, and understanding why you should never sleep with someone on a first date. It took de Botton to find the inspiration in Proust's essays, letters, and fiction and, perhaps even more surprising, to draw out a vivid and clarifying portrait of the master from between the lines of his work.

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9780679779155
Publication Date: 
1998-03-31
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The Epic Cosmos

$19.95

Larry Allums, editor Louise Cowan, general editor The community of scholar-critics that brought out The Terrain of Comedy has produced the second volume in its studies of the four genres, with Larry Allums as editor. Louise Cowan postulates a culture-generating cosmos as the identifying mark of epic. The essays illustrate the applicability of her theory of genres to major works in the epic tradition. Dallas Institute Publications publishes works concerned with the imaginative, mythic, and symbolic sources of culture.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780911005226
Publication Date: 
2000-01-01

The Descent to the Underworld in Literature, Painting, and Film, 1895-1950: The Modernist Nekyia

$87.95

The study presents the most comprehensive analysis of the descent to the underworld in Modernism. The work shows that the nekyia was the single most important myth for the Modernists writing between 1895 and 1946. It focuses on ‘necrotypes’, symbolic images typically found in association with descent to the underworld. It also takes an interdisciplinary approach to the subject, with chapters on the nekyia in film, science, psychology, and painting. It pays careful attention to the multicultural sources for the myth – Egyptian, Mesopotamian, Greco-Roman, Judeo-Christian, Celtic, Norse, and Native American. “This is a courageous and broadly-sweeping study of many key literary and artistic figures of a crucial half century of creativity in Europe, England, Ireland and the United States . . . . Smith’s study is not simply a survey, but a study in depth, in descent, and in a kind of scholarship that is remarkably free of the current horizontal jargon of literary theory. . . . The book’s interdisciplinary flavor makes such a study an excellent resource not only I showing the confluence of various disciplines but a model for how interdisciplinary studies can be used to see the larger whole of work rather than the narrow confines of a particular agenda.” – Dennis Patrick Slattery

This study presents a comprehensive analysis of the descent to the underworld in Modernism. The book shows that the nekyia was the single most important myth for the Modernists between 1895 and 1946. It focuses on "necrotypes", symbolic images typically found in association with descent to the underworld. It also takes an interdisciplinary approach to the subject, with chapters on the nekyia in film, science, psychology, and painting. It pays careful attention to the multicultural sources for the myth - Egyptian, Mesopotamian, Greco-Roman, Judeo-Christian, Celtic, Norse, and Native American.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780773474925
Publication Date: 
2000-12-31
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The Body of Beatrice

$25.00

Harrison's elegant poems follow in the steps of his work on interpreting the classic Divine Comedyby Dante. (Poetry)

ISBN/SKU: 
9780801866678
Publication Date: 
2000-09-01