Description - Writing and Madness by Shoshana Felman
This work explores the relations between literature, philosophy, and psychoanalysis through studies of Balzac, Nerval, Flaubert, and James, as well as Lacan, Foucault, and Derrida. It seeks the specificity of literature in its relation to what culture excludes under the label "madness". Why and how do literary writers reclaim the discourse of the madman, and how does this reclaiming reveal something essential about the relation between literature and power, as well as between literature and knowledge? Every literary text continues to communicate with madness - with what has been excluded, decreed abnormal, unacceptable - by dramatizing a revitalized relation between sense and nonsense, reason and unreason, the readable and the unreadable.
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Format: Paperback / softback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Stanford University Press
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Author Biography - Shoshana Felman
Shoshana Felman is Thomas E. Donnelley Professor of French and Comparative Literature at Yale University. Her books include Literature and Psychoanalysis, Testimony, and (most recently) The Juridical Unconscious: Trials and Traumas in the Twentieth Century. Her The Scandal of the Speaking Body: Don Juan with J. L. Austin, or Seduction in Two Languages, is being reissued in a new edition by Stanford University Press, with a Foreword by Stanley Cavell and an Afterword by Judith Butler.