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Seeing the light : the social logic of personal discovery

Seeing the light : the social logic of personal discovery

Author: Thomas DeGloma
Publisher: Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, [2014]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
The chorus of the Christian hymn "Amazing Grace" reads, "I once was lost, but now am found, / Was blind but now I see." Composed by a minister who formerly worked as a slave trader, the song expresses his experience of divine intervention that ultimately caused him to see the error of his ways. This theme of personal awakening is a feature of countless stories throughout history, where the "lost" and the "blind" are  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
DeGloma, Thomas.
Seeing the Light : The Social Logic of Personal Discovery.
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, ©2014
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas DeGloma
ISBN: 9780226175911 022617591X 022617574X 9780226175744
OCLC Number: 894170800
Description: 1 online resource (254 pages)
Contents: Discovering "truth" --
Awakenings --
Dimensions of autobiographical work --
The awakening-story formula --
The semiotic stricture of awakening stories --
The awakener as a social type of storyteller --
Autobiographical communities and autobiographical fields --
Methods and data --
Outline of the book --
Awakenings: a cultural history --
Zarathustra --
Plato's allegory of the cave --
Foundational religious awakenings --
Foundational political awakenings --
Freud and the psychoanalytic case study --
Late modern awakenings --
Mnemonic revisions and cultural contentions --
Formulaic mnemonic revisions --
Autobiographical memory and cultural contention --
Shaping the collective mnemonic record --
Shaping the cultural milieu for personal memory --
Vocabularies of liminality --
Sociomental express elevators --
Sociomental staircases --
Combining elevators and staircases --
The temporally divided self --
Portraying the temporally divided self --
Culture and autobiographical narrative.
Responsibility: Thomas DeGloma.
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In stories that range from the discovery of a religious truth to remembering a childhood trauma to coming out of the closet, the author reveals a common social pattern: When people escape a place of  Read more...


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"A highly original book that places the performer (historical and contemporary) at the center of scholarly inquiry; it is a virtuosic exercise in historical imagining." (Annette Richards, Cornell Read more...

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