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Resisting representation / [electronic resource] Elaine Scarry.

By: Scarry, Elaine.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1994Description: 191 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.ISBN: 0195042700 (acid-free paper); 9780195042702 (acid-free paper); 0195089642 (pbk. : acid-free paper); 9780195089646 (pbk. : acid-free paper).Subject(s): Literature, Modern -- History and criticism | Representation (Philosophy) | Literature Criticism | Representatie (algemeen) | Literatuurkritiek | Littérature -- Histoire et critique | Représentation (philosophie) dans la littérature | Literatur | Sprache | Wirklichkeit | Geschichte | Werbesprache | Schmerz | Werbung | Analgetikum | Darstellung | Englisch | GroßbritannienDDC classification: 809/.91 Other classification: 17.82 Online resources: Publisher description | Contributor biographical information | Free eBook from the Internet Archive
Contents:
Obdurate sensation: pain: Willow bark and red poppies: advertising the remedies for physical pain -- Participial acts: working: Work and the body in Hardy and other nineteenth-century novelists -- Nouns: the realm of things: Six ways to kill a blackbird (or any other intentional object) in Samuel Beckett -- The external referent: history: Untransmissible history in Thackeray's Henry Esmond -- The external referent: cosmic order: The well-rounded sphere: cognition and metaphysical structure in Boethius's Consolation of philosophy.
Summary: "Renowned scholar Elaine Scarry's book, The Body in Pain, has been called by Susan Sontag "extraordinary...large-spirited, heroically truthful." The Los Angeles Times called it "brilliant, ambitious, and controversial." Now Oxford has collected some of Scarry's most provocative writing. This collection of essays deals with the complicated problems of representation in diverse literary and cultural genres--from her beloved sixth-century philosopher Boethius, through the nineteenth-century novel, to twentieth-century advertising. qWe often assume that all areas of experience are equally available for representation. On the contrary, these essays present discussions of experiences and concepts that challenge, defeat, or block representation. Physical pain, physical labor, the hidden reflexes of cognition and its judgments about the coherence or incoherence of the world are all phenomena that test the resources of language. Using primarily literary sources (works by Hardy, Beckett, Boethius, Thackeray, and others), Scarry also draws on painting, medical advertising, and philosophic dialogue to probe the limitations of expression and representation. Resisting Representation celebrates language. It looks at the problematic areas of expression not at the moment when representation is resisted, but at the moment when that resistance is at last overcome, thus suggesting a domain of plenitude and inclusion." http://catdir.loc.gov/catdir/enhancements/fy0604/90022508-d.html.
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1. Obdurate sensation: pain: Willow bark and red poppies: advertising the remedies for physical pain -- 2. Participial acts: working: Work and the body in Hardy and other nineteenth-century novelists -- 3. Nouns: the realm of things: Six ways to kill a blackbird (or any other intentional object) in Samuel Beckett -- 4. The external referent: history: Untransmissible history in Thackeray's Henry Esmond -- 5. The external referent: cosmic order: The well-rounded sphere: cognition and metaphysical structure in Boethius's Consolation of philosophy.

"Renowned scholar Elaine Scarry's book, The Body in Pain, has been called by Susan Sontag "extraordinary...large-spirited, heroically truthful." The Los Angeles Times called it "brilliant, ambitious, and controversial." Now Oxford has collected some of Scarry's most provocative writing. This collection of essays deals with the complicated problems of representation in diverse literary and cultural genres--from her beloved sixth-century philosopher Boethius, through the nineteenth-century novel, to twentieth-century advertising. qWe often assume that all areas of experience are equally available for representation. On the contrary, these essays present discussions of experiences and concepts that challenge, defeat, or block representation. Physical pain, physical labor, the hidden reflexes of cognition and its judgments about the coherence or incoherence of the world are all phenomena that test the resources of language. Using primarily literary sources (works by Hardy, Beckett, Boethius, Thackeray, and others), Scarry also draws on painting, medical advertising, and philosophic dialogue to probe the limitations of expression and representation. Resisting Representation celebrates language. It looks at the problematic areas of expression not at the moment when representation is resisted, but at the moment when that resistance is at last overcome, thus suggesting a domain of plenitude and inclusion." http://catdir.loc.gov/catdir/enhancements/fy0604/90022508-d.html.

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