In this Book

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This book is an extended inquiry into the dimension of exteriority constructed by philosophical systems and literary works. Literature has, since its inception, depended on a rogue's gallery of outsiders-the more outlandish the better, with human attributes optional-as the impetus to its events and the motive for its developments. Philosophers have also vacillated between safeguarding the purity and consistency of their systematic projects and embracing contamination by alien and intransigent elements.The unsettling encounter between interiority and exteriority is a philosophical and literary sideshow not nearly as frivolous as it might seem. Building upon Nietzsche's fatal confrontation The Wanderer and His Shadowand Jacques Derrida's initiation of the current era in critical theory with the formulation The outside is the inside,the author pursues the vicussitudes of the dimensional frontier in a wide range of artifacts and authors. Among these are James Joyce, Walter Benjamin, James Baldwin, and William Faulkner. A welcome is further extended to the peculiar sublime introduced in the Zohar and in the texts of Georg Bchner, Franz Kafka,Bruno Schulz, and Paul Celan.

Table of Contents

  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xxv
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  1. Chapter 1: Idylls of the Wanderer
  2. pp. 1-42
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  1. Chapter 2: On the Butcher Block: A Panorama of Social Marking
  2. pp. 43-62
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  1. Chapter 3: Exiles in Writing: Joyce and Benjamin
  2. pp. 63-84
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  1. Chapter 4: James Baldwin’s Exile: Theory, Circumstance, and the Real of Language
  2. pp. 85-109
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  1. Chapter 5: William Faulkner and the Romance of the American Drifter
  2. pp. 110-129
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  1. Chapter 6: The Afterlife of Judaism: The Zohar, Benjamin, Miller
  2. pp. 130-151
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  1. Chapter 7: Modernist Night: Distortion, Regression, and Oblivion in the Fiction of Bruno Schulz
  2. pp. 152-177
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  1. Chapter 8: Incarcerated in Amerika: Literature Addresses the Political, with the Help of Ernesto Laclau
  2. pp. 178-204
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 205-230
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 231-236
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780823247974
Print ISBN
9780823227693
MARC Record
OCLC
794702332
Pages
188
Launched on MUSE
2012-02-08
Language
English
Open Access
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