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Anti-Mimesis from Plato to Hitchcock : Literature, Culture, Theory - Tom Cohen

Anti-Mimesis from Plato to Hitchcock

Literature, Culture, Theory

By: Tom Cohen

Paperback Published: 7th November 1994
ISBN: 9780521465847
Number Of Pages: 284

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The material elements of writing have long been undervalued, and have been dismissed by recent historicising trends of criticism; but analysis of these elements - sound, signature, letters - can transform our understanding of literary texts. In this book Tom Cohen shows how, in an era of representational criticism and cultural studies, the role of close reading has been overlooked. Arguing that much recent criticism has been caught in potentially regressive models of representation, Professor Cohen undertakes to counter this by rethinking the 'materiality' of the text itself. Through a series of revealing new readings of the work of writers including Plato, Bakhtin, Poe, Whitman and Conrad, Professor Cohen exposes the limitations of new historicism and neo-pragmatism, and demonstrates how 'the materiality of language' operates to undo the representational models of meaning imposed by the literary canon.

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"...the quixotic and often breathtaking combination of erudition and creativity that characterized de Man's work appears throughout Anti-Mimesis, lending Cohen's work a kind of paradigmatic authority." MLN "...an excellent book, well worth reading and rereading--in posthumanist or other ways." Cesare Casarino, American Literature

Introduction: the legs of sense
Dialogue and Inscription
Othello, Bakhtin and the death(s) of dialogue
P.s.: Plato's scene of reading in the Protagoras
Parables of Exteriority - Materality in 'Classic' American Texts
Too legit to quit: the dubious genealogies of pragmatism
Poe's Foot d'Or: ruinous rhyme and Nietzschean recurrence (sound)
Only the dead know Brooklyn ferry (voice)
The letters of the law: 'Bartleby' as hypogrammatic romance (letters)
Pre-Posterous Modernisms
Conrad's fault (signature)
Miss Emily, c'est moi: the defacement of modernism in Faulkner (inscription and social form)
Hitchcock and the death of (Mr.) Memory (technology of the visible); Coda: post-humanist reading
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ISBN: 9780521465847
ISBN-10: 0521465842
Series: Literature, Culture, Theory
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 284
Published: 7th November 1994
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.35