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Anti-Mimesis from Plato to Hitchcock

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ISBN-10: 0521460131

ISBN-13: 9780521460132

Edition: 1994

Authors: Tom Cohen

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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,…    
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Book details

List price: $104.99
Copyright year: 1994
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 9/8/1994
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 282
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

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