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Idylls of the Wanderer : Outside in Literature and Theory (Hardcover)

Author: Sussman, Henry

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This book is an extended inquiry into the dimension of exteriority constructed by philosophical systems and literary works, both as a condition of their possibility and as an expendable scaffolding. Literature has, since its inception, depended on a rogue's gallery of outsiders--the more outlandish the better, with human attributes optional-- as the impetus to its events and the motive for its developments. Philosophers over the same time span have vacillated between safeguarding the immanent purity and consistency of their systematic projects and embracing the contamination ensuing from alien and intransigent elements.The unsettling encounter between the dimensions and factors of interiority and exteriority is a philosophical and literary sideshow not nearly a frivolous as it might seem. Building upon Nietzsche's fatal confrontation "The Wanderer and His Shadow" and Jacques Derrida's initiation of the current era in critical theory with the forumulation "The outside is the inside," Sussman pursues the vicissitudes of the dimensional frontier in a wide range of artifacts and authors. Among these are James Joyce, Walter Benjamin, James Baldwin, and William Faulkner. A welcome is further extended to the peculiar sublime introduced in the Zohar and remarked in the texts of Georg B?chner, Franz Kafka, Bruno Schulz, and Paul Celan.


Publisher Fordham Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780823227693
SKU 203959741
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0823227693
Release Date 5/1/2007
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0188
Publisher Fordham University Press
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