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Paranoia and modernity : Cervantes to Rousseau

Author: John Farrell
Publisher: Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 2006.
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"How did paranoia come to the center of modern moral and intellectual consciousness? In Paranoia and Modernity, John Farrell brings literary criticism, psychology, and intellectual history to the attempt at an answer. He demonstrates the connection between paranoia and the long history of struggles over the question of agency - the extent to which we are free to act and responsible for our actions. He addresses a  Read more...

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John Farrell
ISBN: 0801444101 9780801444104 9780801474064 080147406X
OCLC Number: 60743159
Awards: Winner of A 2006 Choice Magazine "Outstanding Academic Title.
Description: 341 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Agent and other --
The responsible knight --
The knight errant --
Luther and the devil's world --
The terrors of reform --
The science of suspicion --
The demons of Descartes and Hobbes --
Pascal and power --
The art of polite disguise --
Swift and the satiric absolute --
A flight from humanity --
Invisible agents --
Rousseau's great plot --
An attempted escape --
Epilogue : paranoia and postmodernism.
Responsibility: John Farrell.
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"This ambitious book traces the workings of paranoia through a dizzying variety of texts, not only 'Cervantes to Rousseau,' but Sophocles to Pynchon, including detailed readings of the Gawain Poet, Read more...

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