The Geoffrey Hartman Reader / Edition 2

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Geoffrey Hartman is a pivotal figure in twentieth-century literary thinking,especially in literary theory and its transformation into such fields as Holocauststudies, trauma studies, and work on witnessing and testimony. The essays inthis reader, preceded by an important autobiographical introduction, presentthe full range of Hartman's interests, which cover almost the entire field ofcontemporary literature and culture-from poetry through psychoanalysisand trauma studies to midrash and the media revolution.Throughout his career, starting with his earliest books on Romantic literature,Hartman has interrogated the possibility of a healing culture of vision, one thatcould travel from one civilization to another and could satisfy safely rather thanexacerbate self-destructively the repetitive human drive to reverse time andexact apocalyptic vengeance.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823224432
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press
  • Publication date: 12/6/2004
  • Edition description: 2
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 478
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

GEOFFREY HARTMAN is Sterling Professor Emeritus of English and Comparative Literature at Yale and Project Director of its FortunoffVideo Archive for Holocaust Testimonies. His most recent books are The Geoffrey Hartman Reader (Fordham), winner of the Truman Capote Prize for Literary Criticism in Honor of Newton Arvin; Scars of the Spirit; The Longest Shadow; and a new edition of Criticism in the Wilderness.

Daniel T. O'Hara, Mellon Term Professor of English at Temple University, is the author of several books, including Empire Burlesque: The Fate of Critical Culture in Global America.

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Table of Contents

The culture of vision 1
Autobiographical introduction : 'life and learning' 11
1 Christopher Smart's 'Magnificat' : toward a theory of representation 29
2 Evening star and evening land 50
3 Wordsworth's magic mountains 79
4 The use and abuse of structural analysis 93
5 Romance and modernity : Keats's 'Ode to psyche' 118
6 Purification and danger in American poetry 128
7 Pure representation 145
8 The new Perseus 148
9 The heroics of realism 156
10 Literature high and low : the case of the mystery story 164
11 Romanticism and anti-self-consciousness 180
12 Text and spirit 191
13 Midrash as law and literature 205
14 The voice of the shuttle 223
15 Practical criticism 241
16 The sacred jungle 244
17 Radical art and radical analysis 252
18 The critical essay between theory and tradition 258
19 Literary commentary as literature 268
20 Words and wounds 273
21 Reading, trauma, pedagogy 291
22 Defining culture 303
23 The question of our speech 321
24 Pastoral vestiges 348
25 Realism and 'America' 350
26 The reinvention of hate 355
27 Jeanne Moreau's Lumiere 365
28 Spielberg's Schindler's list 369
29 The interpreter's Freud 384
30 Lacan, Derrida, and the specular name 398
31 Public memory and its discontents 415
32 Tele-suffering and testimony 432
33 Poetics after the Holocaust 446
34 Passion and literary engagement 453
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