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The Doppelganger: Literature's Philosophy / Edition 4

The Doppelganger: Literature's Philosophy / Edition 4

by Dimitris Vardoulakis


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ISBN-13: 9780823232987
Publisher: Fordham University Press
Publication date: 07/22/2010
Series: Modern Language Initiative Series
Edition description: 4
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Dimitris Vardoulakis is Associate Professor and deputy chair of philosophy at Western Sydney University.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Preamble, or an Other Opening xi

Introduction, or The Reflections of the Doppelgänger 1

1 The Critique of Loneliness: The Genesis of the Doppelgänger 11

Isolation: Toward a Political Placement of the Doppelgänger 11

Harrington's "Flies": Kant's Madness 16

The Black Nothing and the White Nothing: Jean Paul's Clavis Fitchtiana 23

The Return of Negation: Freud's "The 'Uncanny'" 37

"Double Acts" and Transformation 53

2 The Subject of Modernity: Law and Temporality in Alexandros Papadiamantes 66

…and …: The Doppelgänger as the Subject of Modernity 66

Community with the Dead: Self-Confession in The Murderess 75

The Penumbra: Obligations 90

3 The Task of the Doppelgänger: Jean Paul as Collocutor of Maurice Blanchot 106

4 The Politics of the Doppelgänger: Universal History and Cosmopolitanism 135

Automatism, Autonomy 135

The Subject of History in Walter Benjamin 144

Displacement: Figuring the Cosmopolitan in Alasdair Gray's: Poor Things 165

5 Self-Inscriptions: Failing Kafka and Benjamin 192

The Pure Machine's Gambit: Benjamin's "Thesis I" 192

World Theater and Nature Theater 202

Kafka's "Lost Gesture" 218

Lying with Benjamin 232

Notes 249

Bibligraphy 307

Index 325

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