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Narcissism and the literary libido : rhetoric, text, and subjectivity

Author: Marshall W Alcorn
Publisher: New York : New York University Press, ©1994.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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What is it that makes language powerful? This book uses the psychoanalytic concepts of narcissism and libidinal investment to explain how rhetoric compels us and how it can effect change. The works of Joseph Conrad, James Baldwin, Michael Foucault, Jacques Derrida, Arthur Miller, D.H. Lawrence, Ben Jonson, George Orwell, and others are the basis of this thoughtful exploration of the relationship between language  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Alcorn, Marshall W., 1949-
Narcissism and the literary libido.
New York : New York University Press, ©1994
(DLC) 93025793
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Marshall W Alcorn
ISBN: 9780814707517 0814707513
OCLC Number: 794701109
Description: 1 online resource (xvii, 243 pages)
Contents: Foreword / Jeffrey Berman --
1. Political ties and libidinal ruptures: Narcissism as the origin and end of textual production --
2. Self-structure as a rhetorical device: Modern ethos and the divisiveness of the self --
3. Projection and the resistance of the signifier: A reader-response theory of textual presence --
4. Character, plot, and imagery: Mechanisms that shift narcissistic investments --
5. The narcissism of creation and interpretation: Agon at the Heart of Darkness --
6. Language and the substance of the self: A Lacanian perspective --
7. Conclusion: What do we do with rhetorical criticism?
Responsibility: Marshall W. Alcorn, Jr.

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