Anti-mimesis From Plato To Hitchcock by Tom CohenAnti-mimesis From Plato To Hitchcock by Tom Cohen

Anti-mimesis From Plato To Hitchcock

byTom Cohen

Paperback | September 30, 1994

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The material elements of writing have long been undervalued; but analysis of these elements--sound, signature, letters--can transform our understanding of major texts. Tom Cohen argues in this book that in an era of representational criticism the role of close reading has been overlooked. Through astonishing new readings of writers such as Plato, Bakhtin, Poe, Whitman, and Conrad, Professor Cohen exposes the limitations of new historicism and neo-pragmatism, and demonstrates how the "materiality of language" challenges representational models of meaning imposed by the canon.
Title:Anti-mimesis From Plato To HitchcockFormat:PaperbackDimensions:284 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.63 inPublished:September 30, 1994Publisher:Cambridge University Press

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ISBN - 10:0521465842

ISBN - 13:9780521465847

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Table of Contents

Introduction: the legs of sense; Part I. Dialogue and Inscription: 1. Othello, Bakhtin and the death(s) of dialogue; 2. P.s.: Plato's scene of reading in the Protagoras; Part II. Parables of Exteriority - Materality in 'Classic' American Texts: 3. Too legit to quit: the dubious genealogies of pragmatism; 4. Poe's Foot d'Or: ruinous rhyme and Nietzschean recurrence (sound); 5. Only the dead know Brooklyn ferry (voice); 6. The letters of the law: 'Bartleby' as hypogrammatic romance (letters); Part III. Pre-Posterous Modernisms: 7. Conrad's fault (signature); 8. Miss Emily, c'est moi: the defacement of modernism in Faulkner (inscription and social form); 9. Hitchcock and the death of (Mr.) Memory (technology of the visible); Coda: post-humanist reading.

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Tom Cohen shows how, in an era of representational criticism and cultural studies, the role of close reading has been overlooked.

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"...an excellent book, well worth reading and rereading--in posthumanist or other ways." Cesare Casarino, American Literature