The Observing Self (Routledge Revivals)

The Observing Self (Routledge Revivals)

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First published in 1988, this title is a study of the essay as a literary genre, not just in terms of its general intellectual and literary history, but as an exploration of the creative possibilities of the form. The rise of the essay is discussed in relation to the rise of the novel and the emergence of empiricism in science, but the main focus of Graham Gooda€™s study is on the inner workings of the essay itself. Drawing on criticism by Adorno and Lukacs, Graham Good presents the genre as an expression of individualism, freed from tradition and authority, in which the self constructs itself and its object through independent observation. Through analysis of the work of such essayists as Montaigne, Bacon, Virginia Wolf, T. S. Eliot and George Orwell, the potential of the genre for independence and individualism is illustrated, and the essay is resituated as an intellectually challenging form of creative and critical writing.Cervantesa#39; Book II (1615) is set in a world in which Book I (1605) has been published and widely read and discussed. With Mona€” taigne, also, the later essays comment freely on the earlier ones, and Book III (1588), in particular, several timesanbsp;...

Title:The Observing Self (Routledge Revivals)
Author:Graham Good
Publisher:Routledge - 2014-08-01


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