American Impersonal: Essays with Sharon Cameron

American Impersonal: Essays with Sharon Cameron

By: Branka Arsic (editor)Paperback

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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.

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Branka Arsic is a Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, USA. She is the author of On Leaving, A Reading in Emerson (2010) and The Passive Constitutions, 71/2 Times Bartleby (2007). She has co-edited (with Cary Wolfe) a collection of essays on Emerson, entitled The Other Emerson (2001).


Preface Introduction Chapter 1: James D. Lilley, University at Albany, SUNY, USA - Being Singularly Impersonal: Jonathan Edwards and the Aesthetics of Consent Chapter 2: Colin Dayan, Vanderbilt University, USA - Melville's Creatures, or Seeing Otherwise Chapter 3: Paul Grimstad, Yale University, USA - On Ecstasy: Sharon Cameron's Reading of Emerson Chapter 4: Johannes Voelz, Goethe-Universitat Frankfurt, Germany - The Recognition of Emerson's Impersonal: Reading Alternatives in Sharon Cameron Chapter 5: Vesna Kuiken, Columbia University, USA - On the Matter of Thinking: Margaret Fuller's Beautiful Work Chapter 6: George Kateb, Princeton University, USA - Reading Nature Chapter 7: Branka Arsic, Columbia University, USA - What Music Shall We Have? Thoreau on the Aesthetics and Politics of Listening Chapter 8: Kerry Larson, University of Michigan, USA - Hawthorne's Fictional Commitments: The Early Tales Chapter 9: Theo Davis, Northeastern University, USA - Hawthorne's Rage: On Form and the Dharma Chapter 10: Shira Wolosky, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel - Formal, New, and Relational Aesthetics: Dickinson's Multitexts Chapter 11: Michael Moon, Emory University, USA - Beyond Sense: Portraits and Objects in Henry James's Late Writings Chapter 12: Shari Goldberg, University of Texas at Dallas, USA - Believing in Maud-Evelyn: Henry James and the Obligation to Ghosts Chapter 13: Mark Noble, Georgia State University, USA - The Ends of Imagination: Stevens' Impersonal Note on Contributors Index

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  • publication date: 24/04/2014
  • ISBN13: 9781623564155
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 376
  • ID: 9781623564155
  • weight: 500
  • ISBN10: 1623564158

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