Thresholds of Western Culture / Edition 1by John Burt Foster, Jr.
Pub. Date: 01/27/2003
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
A monolithic understanding of "the West" obscures constantly shifting tensions within the defined identity on the one hand, and deep influences of cross-cultural contact on the other. Foster (English and cultural studies, George Mason U.) and Froman (philosophy and religious studies, George Mason U.) present 14 contributions for North American, European, African, and… See more details below
A monolithic understanding of "the West" obscures constantly shifting tensions within the defined identity on the one hand, and deep influences of cross-cultural contact on the other. Foster (English and cultural studies, George Mason U.) and Froman (philosophy and religious studies, George Mason U.) present 14 contributions for North American, European, African, and Asian scholars that examine various aspects of "Western" cultural transformation, focusing on issues of identity and related topics of postcoloniality and transnationalism. Specific topics include the reconfiguration of accounts of subjectivity, the impact of Fascism as a specifically Western phenomenon to be discredited, the African "counterculture of modernity," Eastern Europe as a border area, and corresponding traditions between the West and the Far East. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
Table of Contents
General introduction, John B. Foster Jr and Wayne J. Froman Part One: The Crisis of Modern Subjectivity Introduction
1. Interiority, Identity Knowledge: Unravelling the Cartesian Cogito, Robert Strozier, Wayne State University, Detroit
2. Subject, Self, Person: Marcel Mauss and the Limites of Poststructural Critique, Anthony J. Harding, University of Saskatchewan Part Two: Western Culture in the Shadow of Fascism Introduction
3. Aesthetic Fascism and Modern Tragedy: D'Annunzio's Fedra, Mary Ann Frese Witt, North Carolina State University
4. Musical Headings: Toscanini's and Furtwängler's Fifth Symphonies, 1939-54, Herman Rapaport, University of Southampton
5. Holocaust Testimony and Post-Holocaust Fiction: Cynthia Ozick's The Messiah of Stockholm, James Berger, Hofstra University Part Three: Africa at the Passing of White Supremacy Introduction
6. Revisiting the Amistad Revolt in Sierra Leone, Iyunolu Osagie, Pennsylvania State University
7. An Ethical Universal in the Postcolonial Novel?-"A Certain Simple Respect", Michiel Heyns, University of Stellenbosch, SA and Cambridge University
8. Western Classics in the South African State of Emergency: Coetzee's Age of Iron and Gordimer's My Son's Story, Lars Engle, University of Tulsa, Oklahoma Part Four: Eastern Europe After Communism
9. Creator versus Conspirator in the Postcommunist Revolutions, Marcel Cornis-Pope, Virginia Commonwealth University
10. Yugoslavism and its Discontents: A Cultural Post-Mortem, Tomislav Z. Longinovi, University of Wisconsin, Madison
11. Bosnia and the Ethical Limits of Cultural Relativism: Re-auditing Lyotard, Caroline Bayard, McMaster University, Ontario
12. Cultural Coordinates of a Bulgarian Art Hoax: "Drafts" by Virginia, A Tragedia dell'Arte, Nikita Nankov, Indiana University, Bloomington ???
13. Cultural Hermeneutics and Orientalist Discourse: Loti's Self-Reflexive Japonisme, Rolf Goebel, Kiel University, Germany
14. Western Agon/Eastern Ritual: Confrontations and Co-optations in World Views, Eugene Eoyang, Indiana University, Bloomington.
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