Risking Who One Is: : Encounters with Contemporary Art and Literature

Risking Who One Is: : Encounters with Contemporary Art and Literature

by Susan Rubin Suleiman
     
 

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To write about your contemporaries, whose work is enmeshed in the stuff of your life, is risky business. But as Susan Suleiman demonstrates in this lively and personal book, that risk is what makes such a critical encounter worthwhile. "Risking Who One Is" shows how the process of self-recognition in the reading or viewing of contemporary work can lead to larger

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To write about your contemporaries, whose work is enmeshed in the stuff of your life, is risky business. But as Susan Suleiman demonstrates in this lively and personal book, that risk is what makes such a critical encounter worthwhile. "Risking Who One Is" shows how the process of self-recognition in the reading or viewing of contemporary work can lead to larger considerations about culture and society--to increased historical awareness and collective action.

Through subtle and incisive readings of Simone de Beauvoir, Mary Gordon, Julia Kristeva, Richard Rorty, Helene Cixous, Leonora Carrington, Max Ernst, Angela Carter, Elie Wiesel, and others, Suleiman engages in a fascinating dialogue with those who have shared her place and time, and whose preoccupations meet her own. Through Suleiman's encounter with them, these writers and artists enter an exchange with each other, and with us as readers. These encounters open new perspectives on motherhood and its conflicts, on creativity and love, on the intersections of history, memory, and autobiography, and on the politics and poetics of postmodernism. In "Risking Who One Is," Suleiman offers us a new way of looking at issues that are both personal and historical, defining the life of our times.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Readers of Suleiman's earlier works ( Subversive Intent: Gender, Politics, and the Avant-Garde , Harvard Univ. Pr., 1990) will find in this book an engaging collection of 12 essays already published since 1985. In them she discusses fundamental themes such as creation and love, the relations between aesthetics and politics, and the place of beauty in contemporary art. Her book is to be read as a ``mediated, fragmented, nontotalized, postmodern, and fortunately still unfinished autobiography''; the unifying thread is Suleiman's autobiographical insights woven into her literary evaluations of contemporary works. Her fundamental concerns are tightly imbricated in the epilog. This well-orchestrated collection of essays highlights Suleiman's very personal views on contemporary artistic and literary expression. For informed lay readers and specialists.-- Danielle Mihram, Univ. of Southern California, Los Angeles
Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism
Suleiman offers an arresting vantage point on the progress of postmodern thought as it grapples with its own proscriptions.
— Estella Lauter

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781482612707
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
03/23/2013
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.65(d)

Meet the Author

Susan Rubin Suleiman is the Dillon Professor of the Civilization of France and Professor of Comparative Literature, Harvard University.

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