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Scars of the spirit : the struggle against inauthenticity

Author: Geoffrey H Hartman
Publisher: New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2002.
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In this collection of essays, critic Geoffrey Hartman raises the essential question of where we can find the real or authentic in the contemporary world, and how this affects the way we can understand our human predicament. Hartman explores such issues as the fantasy of total and perfect information available on the internet, the biographical excesses of tell-all daytime talk shows, and how we can understand what is  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Hartman, Geoffrey H.
Scars of the spirit.
New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2002
(DLC) 2002020727
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Geoffrey H Hartman
ISBN: 9780312295691 0312295693 9781403965585 1403965587 1281367427 9781281367426
OCLC Number: 84373291
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 260 pages)
Contents: Cover --
Contents --
Acknowledgements --
Foreword --
PART I: TRIPLE OVERTURE --
1 Dangerous Good Words --
2 A Short History of the Unreal --
3 Remnants of Hegel --
PART II --
4 Realism, Authenticity, and the New Biographical Culture --
5 Tele-Suffering and Testimony --
6 Testimony and Authenticity --
PART III --
7 The Letter as Revenant --
8 Text and Spirit --
9 Transparency Reconsidered --
PART IV --
10 Who Needs Goethe? --
11 The Virtue of Attentiveness --
12 Democracys Museum --
13 Aestheticide --
Epilogue --
Notes --
Index --
A --
B --
C --
D --
E --
F --
G --
H --
I --
J --
K --
L --
M --
N --
O --
P --
R --
S --
T --
V --
W --
Y.
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In this collection of essays, critic Geoffrey Hartman raises the essential question of where we can find the real or authentic in the contemporary world, and how this affects the way we can understand our human predicament. Hartman explores such issues as the fantasy of total and perfect information available on the internet, the biographical excesses of tell-all daytime talk shows, and how we can understand what is "true" in biographical and testimonial writing. And, what, he asks, is the ethical point of all this personal testimony? What has it really taught us? Underlying the entire book is a question of how the Holocaust has shaped the possibilities for truth and for the writing of an authentic life story in the contemporary world, and how we can approach the world in a meaningful way. Hartman produces a meditation on how an appreciation of the aesthetic qualities of art and writing may help us to answer these questions of meaning. His idea is that the form of contemplation produced by the aesthetic, and particularly by poetry resists both the fantasy of data delivering up its own final meaning and of ideology delivering us from literature and life.

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