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The Impertinent Self: A Heroic History of Modernity - Cultural Memory in the Present (Hardback)
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The Impertinent Self: A Heroic History of Modernity - Cultural Memory in the Present (Hardback)

(author), (translator)
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Hardback 272 Pages / Published: 18/09/2009
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The Impertinent Self provides a philosophical and cultural theory of modernity by constructing a parallel between the philosophical self and the hero figure found in certain cinematic genres. Fruchtl argues that modernity is not unified and should be conceived as a phenomenon consisting of three strata: the classical, the agonist, and the hybrid. He demonstrates this by following a dual trajectory: the shift in the concept of the self from German idealism to Romanticism and so-called postmodernism, and the evolution of the hero figure in the Western and in crime and science fiction movies. Fruchtl takes a clear position within the ongoing discussion in the humanities and social sciences about modernity, a discussion that, in light of the work of Foucault, Lyotard, and Habermas, has too often neglected the importance of Romanticism. Similarly, he embraces the role of film and popular culture in modern society.

Publisher: Stanford University Press
ISBN: 9780804757355
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 531 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 534 mm


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"Much negative (and sometimes positive) excitement was triggered by a pseudo-philosophical phrase about "the Death of the Subject" during the final decades of the 20th century. Today, we tend to see similar transformations in the ways that humans think and speak about themselves, in more sober-and sometimes even more sarcastic-terms. If Gianni Vattimo's "weak Subject" functioned for a long time as a modest alternative to a discourse of self-reflexive negativity, Josef Fruchtl's "Impertinent Self" now offers a both realistic and entertaining option of Nietzschean flavor. His combination of profound scholarship and intellectual provocation will certainly appeal to the American reader." -- Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht * Stanford University *
"In this interesting book, Fruchtl argues that the impertinent self collapses the distinction between the private and public, feeling free to announce publicly matters that once were considered intensely private. He is referring to the self as presented in memoirs, so-called reality shows, and talk shows.... The Impertinent Self will be useful for those with interests in cultural studies, film, and/or philosophy.... Recommended." -- J. M. Fritzman

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