Resisting Representation / Edition 1

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Renowned scholar Elaine Scarry celebrates language as she deals with the complicated problems of representation in diverse and cultural genres--from her beloved sixth-century philosopher Boethius through the 19th-century novel to 20th-century advertising.
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"[Scarry's] thesis evokes instant recognition ('I should have thought of that!'), and her readings of Hardy, Beckett, Thackeray, and Boethius are elegant and convincing. Resisting Representation made me see in a new way not only the works Scarry discusses, but also other literature; for a book of criticism, I can think of no higher praise."--Harvard Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195089646
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/28/1994
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 6.03 (w) x 9.19 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Author of the renowned The Body in Pain (Oxford, 1985), noted scholar Elaine Scarry is Professor of English and American Literature at Harvard University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 3
1 Obdurate Sensation: Pain - Willow Bark and Red Poppies: Advertising the Remedies for Physical Pain 13
2 Participial Acts: Working - Work and the Body in Hardy and Other Nineteenth-Century Novelists 49
3 Nouns: The Realm of Things - Six Ways To Kill a Blackbird (or Any Other Intentional Object) in Samuel Beckett 91
4 The External Referent: History - Untransmissible History in Thackeray's Henry Esmond 101
5 The External Referent: Cosmic Order - The Well-Rounded Sphere: Cognition and Metaphysical Structure in Boethius's Consolation of Philosophy 143
Acknowledgments 181
Index 183
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