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The Doppelgsnger : Literature's Philosophy (Paperback)

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The DoppelgSnger presents literature as the double of philosophy. This relation is historically rooted in the genesis of the doppelgSnger as literature's response to the philosophical focus on subjectivity: The term doppelgSnger was coined by the German author Jean Paul in 1796 as a critique of Idealism's assertion of subjective autonomy, individuality, and human agency. This critique prefigures late-twentieth-century extrapolations of the subject as decentered. From this perspective, the doppelgSnger has a family resemblance to current conceptualizations of subjectivity. It becomes the emblematic subject of modernity.

This is the first significant study of the doppelgSnger's influence on philosophical thought. Reading literature philosophically and philosophy as literature, Vardoulakis examines authors such as Franz Kafka, Maurice Blanchot, and Alexandros Papadiamantes and philosophers such as Immanuel Kant, Walter Benjamin, and Jacques Derrida to show how the doppelgSnger emerges as a hidden and unexplored element both in conceptions of subjectivity and in philosophy's relation to literature.


Publisher Fordham Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780823232994
SKU 213648065
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0823232999
Release Date 6/15/2010
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0329
Publisher Fordham University Press
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