Body and Story
The Ethics and Practice of Theoretical Conflict
By (author) Richard Terdiman
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Body and Story by Richard Terdiman
Book DescriptionThe title Body and Story refers to the division of categories which establishes one axis of this book: that which lies between the world understood in corporeal or material terms and the world understood as text. Richard Terdiman studies this contest between bodies and language--epistemological foundations for the Enlightenment and Postmodernity respectively--through the works of eighteenth-century encyclopedist Denis Diderot and of contemporary philosopher-icon Jacques Derrida. Terdiman argues that despite their very real and irreconcilable opposition, a constant negotiation or mutual interrogation has always taken place between these two domains of theory, even as the balance at times shifts to one side or the other. In analyzing these shifts at the center of the past few centuries' evolving understanding of human experience, he seeks also to develop a new model for understanding how theories can and do legitimately coexist in our intellectual conception of the world, and to offer a new ethics for managing this coexistence.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780801885433
(229mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publish Date: 6-Oct-2006
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Richard Terdiman
Dialogues on Cultural Studies, Paperback (October 2002)
A collection of interviews with some of North America's foremost cultural critics & theorists, including Frederic Jameson, J Hillis Miller, Hayden White. It covers topics such as culture, ideology, history, modernity, post-modernity, post-colonialism, globalisation, the role of the university & the role of the intellectual in today's society.
Present Past, Paperback (November 1993)
This book is about memory-about how the past persists into the present, and about how this persistence has been understood over the past two centuries. Since the French Revolution, memory has been the source of an intense disquiet. Fundamental...
Discourse/Counter-Discourse, Paperback (November 1989)» View all books by Richard Terdiman
Discourse/Counter-Discourse is situated on the border between cultural history and literary criticism: combining the insights of Marxism and semiotics, it attempts to delineate the cultural function of texts. Focusing on France during a period of...
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Author Biography - Richard Terdiman
Richard Terdiman is a professor of literature and the history of consciousness at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
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