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The Ascetic Imperative in Culture and Criticism (Paperback)
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The Ascetic Imperative in Culture and Criticism (Paperback)

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Paperback 336 Pages / Published: 01/12/1992
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In this bold interdisciplinary work, Geoffrey Galt Harpham argues that asceticism has played a major role in shaping Western ideas of the body, writing, ethics, and aesthetics. He suggests that we consider the ascetic as "the 'cultural' element in culture," and presents a close analysis of works by Athanasius, Augustine, Matthias, Gr newald, Nietzsche, Foucault, and other thinkers as proof of the extent of asceticism's resources. Harpham demonstrates the usefulness of his findings by deriving from asceticism a "discourse of resistance," a code of interpretation ultimately more generous and humane than those currently available to us.

Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226316925
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 566 g
Dimensions: 278 x 154 x 20 mm
Edition: New edition

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