Rewriting the Self: Histories From the Middle Ages to the Present

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Rewriting the Self is an exploration of ideas of the self in the western cultural tradition from the Renaissance to the Present. The contributors analyse differing religious, philosophical, psychological, political, psychoanalytical and literary models of personal identity. They examine these models from a number of viewpoints, including the history of ideas, contemporary gender politics, and post-modernist literary theory.
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Overview

Rewriting the Self is an exploration of ideas of the self in the western cultural tradition from the Renaissance to the Present. The contributors analyse differing religious, philosophical, psychological, political, psychoanalytical and literary models of personal identity. They examine these models from a number of viewpoints, including the history of ideas, contemporary gender politics, and post-modernist literary theory.
Rewriting the Self offers a challenge to the received version of the 'ascent of western man'. Lively and controversial, the book broaches big questions in an accessible way.
Rewriting the Self arises from a seminar series held at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. The contributors include prominent academics from a range of disciplines.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415142793
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/28/1996
  • Pages: 296
  • Lexile: 1440L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

List of plates
Notes on contributors
Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 Representations of the Self from Petrarch to Descartes 17
2 Self and Selfhood in the Seventeenth Century 29
3 Self-Reflection and the Self 49
4 Religious Experience and the Formation of the Early Enlightenment Self 61
5 The European Enlightenment and the History of the Self 72
6 The Death and Rebirth of Character in the Eighteenth Century 84
7 'Another Self in the Case': Gender, Marriage and the Individual in Augustan Literature 97
8 Feelings and Novels 119
9 Romantic Travel 135
10 '...As a Rule, I does not mean I': Personal Identity and the Victorian Woman Poet 156
11 Mapping the Self: Gender, Space and Modernity in Mid-Victorian London 167
12 Stories of the Eye 186
13 The Modern Auditory 1 203
14 Assembling: The Modern Self 224
15 Death and the Self 249
16 Self-Undoing Subjects 262
Index 270
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