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The essentialist villain : on Leo Bersani

Author: Mikko Tuhkanen
Publisher: Albany, NY : State University of New York Press, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Since his first publications in the late 1950s, Leo Bersani's work has influenced numerous scholarly fields, from studies of French modernism and realist fiction to psychoanalytic criticism and film theory. It has occasionally helped precipitate the emergence of new disciplinary fields, such as queer theory in the late 1980s. The Essentialist Villain is the first book-length study of this impressively rich oeuvre.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Tuhkanen, Mikko, 1967-
Essentialist villain.
Albany, NY : State University of New York, 2018
(DLC) 2018010360
Named Person: Leo Bersani; Leo Bersani
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mikko Tuhkanen
ISBN: 9781438469676 1438469675
OCLC Number: 1009182921
Description: x, 248 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Homomonadology: Proust, Deleuze, Beckett, Blanchot --
2. Wanting being: Freud, Laplanche --
3. Rethinking redemption: Benjamin, Baudelaire, Nietzsche --
4. Simultaneity and sociability: Benjamin, Beckett, Simmel --
5. Narcissus, a cosmology: Luther, Freud, Plato, speculative astronomy.
Responsibility: Mikko Tuhkanen.

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Since his first publications in the late 1950s, Leo Bersani's work has influenced numerous scholarly fields, from studies of French modernism and realist fiction to psychoanalytic criticism and film theory. It has occasionally helped precipitate the emergence of new disciplinary fields, such as queer theory in the late 1980s. The Essentialist Villain is the first book-length study of this impressively rich oeuvre. Mikko Tuhkanen tracks the unfolding of Bersani's onto-ethics/aesthetics, paying particular attention to his persistent references to "essence," a concept central to classical speculative philosophy, which has fallen into distinct disfavor since the emergence of deconstructive thought. Because of his early influences--particularly Gilles Geleuze's philosophy--Bersani remains an ontologist through decades when deconstruction seems to have all but disallowed any thought of being. Tuhkanen also locates Bersani's thought amidst numerous literary, artistic, and philosophical interlocutors, including Deleuze, Freud, Proust, Laplanche, Beckett, Baudelaire, Genet, Leibniz, and others--back cover.

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