The Ascetic Imperative in Culture and Criticism

The Ascetic Imperative in Culture and Criticism Geoffrey Galt Harpham

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, Gr newald, 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.
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Specificaties

ISBN
9780226316925
Uitgever
The University of Chicago Press
Druk
1e
Verschenen
01-01-1992
Taal
Engels
Bladzijden
336 pp.
Bindwijze
Paperback
Genre
Nederlandstalige literatuur

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