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Abyss of Reason : Cultural Movements, Revelations, and Betrayals - Daniel Cottom

Abyss of Reason

Cultural Movements, Revelations, and Betrayals

Hardcover Published: 4th July 1991
ISBN: 9780195068573
Number Of Pages: 314

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In this pathbreaking study, the historical relationship between nineteenth-century spiritualism and twentieth-century surrealism is the basis for a general examination of conflicting movements in literature, art, philosophy, science, and other areas of social life. Because spiritualism delved into the world beyond humanity and surrealism was founded on the world within, the two provide a provocative frame for examining the struggles within modern culture. Cottom argues that we must conceive of interpretation in terms of urgency, desire, fierce contention, and impromptu deviation if we want to understand how things come to bear meaning for us. He demonstrates that even when Victorians holding seances and surrealists composing manifestoes were most foolish, they had much that was valuable to say about the life (and death) of reason.

'The horoscope for Cottom's Abyss of Reason seems to be very auspicious: I would issue a contract straight away..... I think this book could find an audience both within and without the academy.'James Longenbach, University of Rochester.

Introductionp. 3
On the Dignity of Tablesp. 22
The Experience of Personationp. 50
The Medium of Reasonp. 78
Wording the Subject of Spiritualismp. 108
The Pathology of Beautyp. 137
Dream Workp. 159
Thinking Thingsp. 192
Purityp. 222
Notesp. 253
Indexp. 295
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ISBN: 9780195068573
ISBN-10: 0195068572
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 314
Published: 4th July 1991
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 15.9  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.64