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Habitations of the Word: Essays

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Author William H. Gass analyzes as though under a microscope the many and varied ways writers carpenter structures with words to house language forms. "Using Freudian concepts, he compares the art of writing to the art of becoming civilized: writing parallels the transformation of raw instinct into shared expression. . . . Gass writes with impassioned concern".--PUBLISHERS WEEKLY. 288 pp.
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Overview

Author William H. Gass analyzes as though under a microscope the many and varied ways writers carpenter structures with words to house language forms. "Using Freudian concepts, he compares the art of writing to the art of becoming civilized: writing parallels the transformation of raw instinct into shared expression. . . . Gass writes with impassioned concern".--PUBLISHERS WEEKLY. 288 pp.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780671527266
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/1/1985
  • Pages: 368

Table of Contents

Emerson and the Essay 9
The Neglect of Ford Madox Ford's Fifth Queen 50
Representation and the War for Reality 73
The Soul Inside the Sentence 113
Tropes of the Text 141
'And' 160
Culture, Self, and Style 185
On Talking to Oneself 206
On Reading to Oneself 217
The Origin of Extermination in the Imagination 229
The Habitations of the Word 243
The Death of the Author 265
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