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- DescriptionPolitical Monsters and Democratic Imagination explores the democratic thought of Spiza and its relation to the thought of William Blake, Victor Hugo, and James Joyce. As a group, these visionaries articulate: a concept of power founded t on strength or might but on social cooperation; a principle of equality based t on the identity of individuals with one ather but on the difference between any individual and the intellectual power of society as a whole; an understanding of thought as a process that operates between rather than within individuals; and a theory of infinite truth, something individuals only partially glimpse from their particular cultural situations. For Blake, God is the constellation of individual human beings, whose collective imagination produces revolutionary change. In Hugo's vel, Jean Valjean learns that the greatest truth about humanity lies in the sewer or among the lowest forms of social existence. For Joyce, Leopold and Molly Bloom are everybody and body, singular beings whose creative power and truth is beyond categories and social hierarchies.
- Author BiographyPatrick McGee is Professor Emeritus of English at Louisiana State University, USA. He currently lives in Seattle, Washington, where he continues his research and writing. He is the author of eight books, including Cinema, Theory and Political Responsibility in Contemporary Culture (1997), Joyce beyond Marx: History and Desire in Ulysses and Finnegans Wake (2001), and Theory and the Common from Marx to Badiou (2009).
- Author(s)Patrick McGee
- PublisherBloomsbury Publishing Plc
- Date of Publication08/09/2016
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintBloomsbury Academic USA
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight548 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine18 mm
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