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- DescriptionWhat is a woman? What is a man? How do they-and how should they-relate to each other? Does our yearning for wholeness refer to something real, and if there is a Whole, what is it, and why do we feel so estranged from it? For centuries w, art and literature have increasingly valorized uniqueness and self-sufficiency. The theoreticians who loom so large within contemporary thought also privilege difference over similarity. Silverman reminds us that this is but half the story, and a dangerous half at that, for if we are all individuals, we are doomed to be rivals and enemies. A much older story, one that prevailed through the early modern era, held that likeness or resemblance was what organized the universe, and that everything emerges out of the same flesh. Silverman shows that analogy, so discredited by much of twentieth-century thought, offers a much more promising view of human relations. In the West, the emblematic story of turning away is that of Orpheus and Eurydice, and the heroes of Silverman's sweeping new reading of nineteenth- and twentieth-century culture, the modern heirs to the old, analogical view of the world, also gravitate to this myth. They embrace the correspondences that bind Orpheus to Eurydice and ackwledge their kinship with others past and present. The first half of this book assembles a cast of characters t usually brought together: Friedrich Nietzsche, Sigmund Freud, Marcel Proust, Lou-Andreas Salome, Romain Rolland, Rainer Maria Rilke, Wilhelm Jensen, and Paula Modersohn-Becker. The second half is devoted to three contemporary artists, whose works we see in a moving new light:Terrence Malick, James Coleman, and Gerhard Richter.
- Author BiographyKaja Silverman is Class of l940 Professor of Rhetoric and Film at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of James Coleman (2002); World Spectators (Stanford, 2000); Speaking About Godard (1998); The Threshold of the Visual World (1996); Male Subjectivity at the Margins (1992); The Acoustic Mirror: The Female Voice in Psychoanalysis and Cinema (1988); and The Subject of Semiotics (1983).
- Author(s)Kaja Silverman
- PublisherStanford University Press
- Date of Publication23/10/2009
- SubjectFine Arts / Art History
- Place of PublicationPalo Alto
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintStanford University Press
- Content Note80 illustrations
- Weight612 g
- Width178 mm
- Height254 mm
- Spine330 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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