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The Figure of the Road

Deconstructive Studies in Humanities Disciplines

by Christopher Morris (Author)
©2007 Monographs X, 276 Pages

Summary

The Figure of the Road examines the metaphor of the road, way, or path in works of representative humanities disciplines (literature, religion, philosophy, visual art, popular culture) to show how writers and artists anticipated the dilemma known to contemporary deconstruction as the «aporia» or «pathless place.» This tradition exposes the solution advocated in Derrida’s late thought – the search for the «tout autre» – as a negative theology and suppression of writing’s freedom to allegorize these insoluble problems. The Figure of the Road concludes by tracing the bleak, Beckett-like implications of this freedom for curriculum and ethics in a world understood as wholly figural.

Details

Pages
X, 276
Year
2007
ISBN (Hardcover)
9780820488578
Language
English
Keywords
Künste Religion Philosophy Straße Symbol Dekonstruktion Representative humanities discipline Visual art Popular culture Contemporary deconstruction Literature
Published
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2007. X, 276 pp.

Biographical notes

Christopher Morris (Author)

The Author: Christopher D. Morris is Charles A. Dana Professor of English at Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont. His previous books are Models of Misrepresentation: On the Fiction of E. L. Doctorow (1991) and The Hanging Figure: On Suspense and the Films of Alfred Hitchcock (2002).

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