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Scars of the Spirit : The Struggle Against Inauthenticity,9780312295691

Scars of the Spirit : The Struggle Against Inauthenticity

Format: Trade Book
Pub. Date: 8/17/2002
Publisher(s): Palgrave Macmillan
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In this fascinating collection of essays, noted cultural critic Geoffrey Hartman raises the essential question of where we can find the real or authentic in today's world, and how this affects the way we can understand our human predicament. Hartman explores such issues as the fantasy of total and perfect information available on the Internet, the biographical excesses of tell-all daytime talk shows, and how we can understand what is "true" in biographical and testimonial writing. And, what, he asks, is the ethical point of all this personal testimony? What has it really taught us? Underlying the entire book is a question of how the Holocaust has shaped the possibilities for truth and for the writing of an authentic life story in today's world, and how we can approach the world in a meaningful way. Hartman produces a meditation on how an appreciation of the aesthetic qualities of art and writing may help us to answer these questions of meaning.

Author Biography

Geoffrey Hartman is one of America's most renowned literary critics. He is the Sterling Professor (Emeritus) of English & Comparative Literature at Yale University and cofounder and Project Director, Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies.

Table of Contents

Triple Overture: (1) Dangerous Good Words (2) A Short History of the Unreal (3) Remnants of Hegel
Realism, Authenticity, and the New Biographical Culture
Tele-Suffering and Testimony
Testimony and Authenticity
The Letter as Revenant
Text and Spirit
Transparency Reconsidered
Who Needs Goethe?
The Virtue of Attentiveness
Democracy’s Museum

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