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The Ascetic Imperative in Culture and Criticism - Geoffrey Galt Harpham

The Ascetic Imperative in Culture and Criticism

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Published: 15th February 1992
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In this bold interdisciplinary work, Geoffrey Galt Harpham argues that asceticism has played a major role in shaping Western ideas of the body, writing, ethics, and aesthetics. He suggests that we consider the ascetic as "the 'cultural' element in culture," and presents a close analysis of works by Athanasius, Augustine, Matthias, Grunewald, Nietzsche, Foucault, and other thinkers as proof of the extent of asceticism's resources. Harpham demonstrates the usefulness of his findings by deriving from asceticism a "discourse of resistance," a code of interpretation ultimately more generous and humane than those currently available to us.

ISBN: 9780226316925
ISBN-10: 0226316920
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 15th February 1992
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 27.8 x 15.4  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.57
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition