Subjectivity

Overview

Subjectivity is a complex term that moves between theoretical or philosophical abstractions and the apparently empirical evidence of lived experience. Ruth Robbins examines the diverse factors which shape the self in language. Through readings of autobiographical texts written during the last three centuries, Robbins argues for a concept of subjectivity that takes account of the material world in which selves come into being, placing this psychoanalytic idea in a broader, but ...

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Overview

Subjectivity is a complex term that moves between theoretical or philosophical abstractions and the apparently empirical evidence of lived experience. Ruth Robbins examines the diverse factors which shape the self in language. Through readings of autobiographical texts written during the last three centuries, Robbins argues for a concept of subjectivity that takes account of the material world in which selves come into being, placing this psychoanalytic idea in a broader, but more rigorous, theoretical framework.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780333752791
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 6/11/2005
  • Series: Transitions Series
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Ruth Robbins is Senior Lecturer in English, University College Northampton.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : who do you think you are? 1
1 Pamela, Rousseau and Equiano : trousseaux, confessions and tall tales 24
2 Two romantic egos : Wordsworth's Prelude and De Quincey's Confessions of an English opium eater 50
3 Victorian individualisms and their limitations 73
4 James Joyce and self-portraiture 99
5 In prison and in chains : Oscar Wilde's De profundis and Brian Keenan's An evil cradling 113
6 Talking properly : class acts in Carolyn Steedman and Alan Bennett 140
7 China women : Jung Chang's Wild swans and Maxine Hong Kingston's The woman warrior 164
8 Death sentences : the sense of an ending? : living with dying in narratives of terminal illness 186
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