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The Resource Regard for the other : autothanatography in Rousseau, De Quincey, Baudelaire, and Wilde, E.S. Burt

Regard for the other : autothanatography in Rousseau, De Quincey, Baudelaire, and Wilde, E.S. Burt

Label
Regard for the other : autothanatography in Rousseau, De Quincey, Baudelaire, and Wilde
Title
Regard for the other
Title remainder
autothanatography in Rousseau, De Quincey, Baudelaire, and Wilde
Statement of responsibility
E.S. Burt
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Although much has been written on autobiography, the same cannot be said of autothanatography, the writing of one's death. This study starts from the deconstructive premise that autobiography is aporetic, not or not only a matter of a subject strategizing with language to produce an exemplary identity but a matter also of its responding to an exorbitant call to write its death. The I-dominated representations of particular others and of the privileged other to whom a work is addressed, must therefore be set against an alterity plaguing the I from within or shadowing it from without. This alterity makes itself known in writing as the potential of the text to carry messages that remain secret to the confessing subject. Anticipation of the potential for the confessional text to say what Augustine calls "the secret I do not know," the secret of death, engages the autothanatographical subject in a dynamic, inventive, and open-ended process of identification. The subject presented in these texts is not one that has already evolved an interior life that it seeks to reveal to others, but one that speaks to us as still in process. Through its exorbitant response, it gives intimations of an interiority and an ethical existence to come. Baudelaire emerges as a central figure for this understanding of autobiography as autothanatography through his critique of the narcissism of a certain Rousseau, his translation of De Quincey's confessions, with their vertiginously ungrounded subject-in-construction, his artistic practice of self-conscious, thorough-going doubleness, and his service to Wilde as model for an aporetic secrecy. The author discusses the interruption of narrative that must be central to the writing of one's death and addresses the I's dealings with the aporias of such structuring principles as secrecy, Levinasian hospitality, or interiorization as translation. The book makes a strong intervention in the debate over one of the most-read genres of our time."--Publisher's website
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Burt, E. S
Dewey number
809/.93592
Index
index present
LC call number
PN452
LC item number
.B87 2009
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Baudelaire, Charles
  • Rousseau, Jean-Jacques
  • De Quincey, Thomas
  • Wilde, Oscar
  • Authors
  • Autobiography
  • Other (Philosophy) in literature
  • Self in literature
  • Identity (Psychology) in literature
  • Death in literature
Label
Regard for the other : autothanatography in Rousseau, De Quincey, Baudelaire, and Wilde, E.S. Burt
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: A clutch of brothers: Alterity and autothanatography. -- Part 1: Autobiography interrupted. Developments in character: "The children's punishment" and "The broken comb" ; Regard for the other: embarrassment in the quatrième promenade ; The shape before the mirror: autobiography and the dandy in Baudelaire. -- Part 2: Writing death, with regard to the other. Hospitality in autobiography: levinas chez De Quincey ; Eating with the other in Les Paradis artifiiciels ; Secrets can be murder: How to write the secret in De Profundis
Control code
314378131
Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
ix, 268 pages
Isbn
9780823230907
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2009008224
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)314378131
Label
Regard for the other : autothanatography in Rousseau, De Quincey, Baudelaire, and Wilde, E.S. Burt
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: A clutch of brothers: Alterity and autothanatography. -- Part 1: Autobiography interrupted. Developments in character: "The children's punishment" and "The broken comb" ; Regard for the other: embarrassment in the quatrième promenade ; The shape before the mirror: autobiography and the dandy in Baudelaire. -- Part 2: Writing death, with regard to the other. Hospitality in autobiography: levinas chez De Quincey ; Eating with the other in Les Paradis artifiiciels ; Secrets can be murder: How to write the secret in De Profundis
Control code
314378131
Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
ix, 268 pages
Isbn
9780823230907
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2009008224
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)314378131

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