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The dark side of reason : fictionality and power

Author: Luiz Costa Lima
Publisher: Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 1992.
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This compelling, many-faceted work argues that Western culture has always found something profoundly unsettling about imaginative writing and that it has devised various ways of "containing" such writing or at least making it less dangerous. The historical record of censorship and other forms of the containment of literature is relatively well known, though it has been analyzed more often in terms of its effects on  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Luiz Costa Lima
ISBN: 0804719764 9780804719766
OCLC Number: 24067137
Language Note: Translation of selected chapters from Sociedade e discurso ficcional and O fingidor e o censor; contains an additional chapter never published before.
Notes: Translation of selected chapters from Sociedade e discurso ficcional and O fingidor e o censor; contains an additional chapter never published before.
Description: xi, 342 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Foreword: Passion for the unnameable : history and the aesthetic dimension in the work of Luiz Costa Lima / by Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht --
History of a ban --
The religious control of imagination --
The joys and sorrows of the self --
Literature and society in Hispanic America : nineteenth and early twentieth centuries --
Diderot : philosopher and art critic --
An approach to Jorge Luis Borges --
A proscribed concept : mimesis and avant-garde theory --
Oblique fiction and The tempest.
Other Titles: Works.
Responsibility: Luiz Costa Lima ; translated by Paulo Henriques Britto.
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