Empirical Truths and Critical Fictions: Locke, Wordsworth, Kant, Freud

Empirical Truths and Critical Fictions: Locke, Wordsworth, Kant, Freud

by Cathy Caruth
     
 

Cathy Caruth reconsiders the role of experience in philosophical, literary, and psychoanalytic texts by tracing the path of its haunting, moving, and often unsettling recurrence across four major writers. Beginning with the figure of the child and the surprising scene of endless mourning in Locke’s text, she addresses his writing not only as philosophical

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Cathy Caruth reconsiders the role of experience in philosophical, literary, and psychoanalytic texts by tracing the path of its haunting, moving, and often unsettling recurrence across four major writers. Beginning with the figure of the child and the surprising scene of endless mourning in Locke’s text, she addresses his writing not only as philosophical doctrine but also as a narrative in which experience plays an unexpected and uncanny role. Caruth rediscovers traces and transformations of this narrative in Wordsworth, Kant, and Freud and argues that these authors must not be read simply as rejecting or overcoming empirical doctrine but also as reencountering in their own texts the complex and difficult relations among language, experience, and death.

"Exciting and tenacious."— Comparative Literature Studies

"Her aim is nothing less than to rethink the place of experience in the texts which constitute our transcendental and Romantic self-understanding. Caruth's reexamination of the enigma of experience proceeds through painstakingly close readings of some major texts of our modernity."— Wordsworth Circle

"Caruth's absorbing book is powerful enough to challenge and engage one's own predispositions, and to continue very lively debates."— Modern Language Review

"Reanimates this region of the critical terrain... Caruth's book belongs to that special category of works in literary theory that are not only intellectually stimulating but affectively moving."— Modern Language Notes

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Modern Language Review
Caruth's absorbing book is powerful enough to challenge and engage one's own predispositions, and to continue very lively debates.

— Keith Hanley

Choice

A very thoughtful and valuable contribution to understanding empiricism's critical resistance to its own theory.

Modern Language Notes

Reanimates this region of the critical terrain... Caruth's book belongs to that special category of works in literary theory that are not only intellectually stimulating but affectively moving.

Wordsworth Circle
Her aim is nothing less than to rethink the place of experience in the texts which constitute our transcendental and Romantic self-understanding. Caruth's reexamination of the enigma of experience proceeds through painstakingly close readings of some major texts of our modernity.

— Heesok Chang

Comparative Literature Studies
Presumably one of the last publications we shall receive that will be able to acknowledge the personal influence of Paul de Man's teaching... Exciting and tenacious.

— John Baker

Studies in English Literature

Its reminder of a critical style now apparently sidelined by various modes of historicist inquiry could not be timelier.

Comparative Literature Studies - John Baker

Presumably one of the last publications we shall receive that will be able to acknowledge the personal influence of Paul de Man's teaching... Exciting and tenacious.

Wordsworth Circle - Heesok Chang

Her aim is nothing less than to rethink the place of experience in the texts which constitute our transcendental and Romantic self-understanding. Caruth's reexamination of the enigma of experience proceeds through painstakingly close readings of some major texts of our modernity.

Modern Language Review - Keith Hanley

Caruth's absorbing book is powerful enough to challenge and engage one's own predispositions, and to continue very lively debates.

Booknews
Caruth (English, Yale U.) reinterprets some of the questions at the core of empiricism by looking at Locke's doctrine of self- understanding as a narrative in which experience plays an uncanny role. She also identifies similar themes in other writers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801892691
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
08/27/2009
Pages:
182
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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