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Essays on the Modern Identity


William D. Brewer and Carole J. Lambert

Essays on the Modern Identity selectively represents the developing understanding of the modern self from the time of Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778) to the present. This volume contextualizes the late-twentieth-century crisis of the self by exploring the relationships between modern and postmodern conceptions of the human identity. Featuring exemplary analyses of selected texts, paintings, and prints, this collection of essays is offered as a contribution to the ongoing, necessarily interdisciplinary discussion of the place of modern identity in a postmodern world.
Contents: Mira Morgenstern: Self and Other in Rousseau: Love, Equality and Equity in a World of Flux – Ronnie Littlejohn: Rousseau’s Beautiful Soul: A Hegelian Reading – Ann Glenn Crowe: Goya and the Duchess of Alba: A Pictorial Confession Revealed – Anthony John Harding: The Romantic Subject and the Betrayals of the Text – Marjean D. Purinton: The De-Gendered Self in William Blake’s Poetry – Carole J. Lambert: The Postmodern Self: «Decentered», «Shattered», «Autonomous», or What? A Study of Theoretical Texts by Deleuze and Guattari, Glass, Kohut, and Meyers – Sally M. Silk: Discourse, Home, and Travel: The Place of the Self in Modern Travel Writing – Howard Giskin: Lest We Not Forget: Memory in Semprun’s The Long Voyage – Dan Latimer: Piracquo’s Missing Finger, Or, The Utility of the Liberal Arts – Kent Brudney: The Making of the Postmodern Minimal Self: Rousseau and the Denial of Dialogical Politics – W. Jay Reedy: Rousseau and Communitarian Individualism in «Late Modern» America: The Interpretation of Benjamin Barber.