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Stanzas : The Word and the Phantasm in Western Culture - Giorgio Agamben


The Word and the Phantasm in Western Culture

Hardcover Published: 1st January 1993
ISBN: 9780816620371
Number Of Pages: 192

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"Stanzas" (which means "rooms" in Italian) is a blend of philology, the psychoanalysis of toys, medieval physics and psychology, and contemporary linguistics and philosophy. In this work, Giorgio Agamben attempts to reconfigure the epistemological foundation of Western culture. He rereads Freud and Saussure to discover the impossibility of metalanguage - there is no "superior language" that can read the obscure scenes of the unconscious, and the "symbol" is always the return of the repressed in an improper signifier. This impossibility leads Agamben to the problem of representation. He argues that since language is the locus of the production and storage of phantasms, all real objects are fractured by phantasmic itineraries that in turn divide poetry and philosophy, joy and knowledge. This division is at the origin of Western culture and renders impossible the possession of any object of knowledge. Giorgio Agamben is the author of "Language and Death" (University of Minnesota Press 1991).

List of Illustrations
Notes and Acknowledgments
The Phantasms of Eros
The Noonday Demonp. 3
Melencolia Ip. 11
Melancholic Erosp. 16
The Lost Objectp. 19
The Phantasms of Erosp. 22
In the World of Odradek: The Work of Art Confronted with the Commodity
Freud; or, The Absent Objectp. 31
Marx; or, The Universal Expositionp. 36
Baudelaire; or, The Absolute Commodityp. 41
Beau Brummell; or, The Appropriation of Unrealityp. 47
Mme Panckoucke; or, The Toy Fairyp. 56
The Word and the Phantasm: The Theory of the Phantasm in the Love Poetry of the Duecento
Narcissus and Pygmalionp. 63
Eros at the Mirrorp. 73
Spiritus phantasticusp. 90
Spirits of Lovep. 102
Between Narcissus and Pygmalionp. 111
The "Joy That Never Ends"p. 124
The Perverse Image: Semiology from the Point of View of the Sphinx
Oedipus and the Sphinxp. 135
The Proper and the Improperp. 141
The Barrier and the Foldp. 152
Indexp. 159
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ISBN: 9780816620371
ISBN-10: 0816620377
Series: Theory & History of Literature
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 1st January 1993
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.48
Edition Number: 2

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