Impersonality: Seven Essays
University of Chicago Press, 2009-11-15 - 272 psl.
Philosophers have long debated the subjects of person and personhood. Sharon Cameron ushers this debate into the literary realm by considering impersonality in the works of major American writers and figures of international modernismwriters for whom personal identity is inconsequential and even imaginary. In essays on William Empson, Jonathan Edwards, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Herman Melville, T. S. Eliot, and Simone Weil, Cameron examines the impulse to hollow out the core of human distinctiveness, to construct a voice that is no ones voice, to fashion a character without meaningful attributes, a being that is virtually anonymous.
To consent to being anonymous, Weil wrote, is to bear witness to the truth. But how is this compatible with social life and its labels? Throughout these essays Cameron examines the friction, even violence, set in motion from such incompatibilityfrom a truth that has no social foundation. Impersonality investigates the uncompromising nature of writing that suspends, eclipses, and even destroys the person as a social, political, or individual entity, of writing that engages with personal identity at the moment when its usual markers vanish or dissolve.
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Jonathan Edwardss The Virtue
Simone Weils Performance of Impersonality
T S Eliots Four Quartets
The Unpersonified Impersonal in Melvilles Billy Budd
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146 psl. - Home is where one starts from. As we grow older The world becomes stranger, the pattern more complicated Of dead and living. Not the intense moment Isolated, with no before and after, But a lifetime burning in every moment And not the lifetime of one man only But of old stones that cannot be deciphered.
57 psl. - There are moods in which we court suffering, in the hope that here, at least, we shall find reality, sharp peaks and edges of truth. But it turns out to be scene-painting and counterfeit. The only thing grief has taught me, is to know how shallow it is.
171 psl. - I have said before That the past experience revived in the meaning Is not the experience of one life only But of many generations - not forgetting Something that is probably quite ineffable: The backward look behind the assurance Of recorded history, the backward half-look Over the shoulder, towards the primitive terror.
87 psl. - The soul gives itself alone, original, and pure, to the Lonely, Original and Pure, who, on that condition, gladly inhabits, leads, and speaks through it. Then is it glad, young, and nimble. It is not wise, but it sees through all things. It is not called religious, but it is innocent. It calls the light its own, and feels that the grass grows, and the stone falls by a law inferior to, and dependent on its nature. Behold, it saith, I am born into the great, the universal mind.
232 psl. - TRULY, my Satan, thou art but a Dunce, And dost not know the Garment from the Man ; Every Harlot was a Virgin once, Nor canst thou ever change Kate into Nan. Tho...
84 psl. - When good is near you, when you have life in yourself, it is not by any known or accustomed way; you shall not discern the footprints of any other; you shall not see the face of man; you shall not hear any name; the way, the thought, the good, shall be wholly strange and new. It shall exclude example and experience.
83 psl. - There is a deeper fact in the soul than compensation, to wit, its own nature. The soul is not a compensation, but a life. The soul is.
53 psl. - WHERE do we find ourselves ? In a series of which we do not know the extremes, and believe that it has none. We wake and find ourselves on a stair ; there are stairs below us, which we seem to have ascended ; there are stairs above us, many a one, which go upward and out of sight.
85 psl. - All goes to show that the soul in man is not an organ, but animates and exercises all the organs; is not a function, like the power of memory, of calculation, of comparison, but uses these as hands and feet ; is not a faculty, but a...