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Impersonality: Seven Essays

Sharon Cameron

Abstract

Philosophers have long debated the subjects of person and personhood. This book ushers this debate into the literary realm by considering impersonality in the works of major American writers and figures of international modernism—writers for whom personal identity is inconsequential and even imaginary. In chapters on William Empson, Jonathan Edwards, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Herman Melville, T. S. Eliot, and Simone Weil, the book examines the impulse to hollow out the core of human distinctiveness, to construct a voice that is no one's voice, to fashion a character without meaningful attributes, a ... More

Keywords: personhood, impersonality, modernism, personal identity, William Empson, Jonathan Edwards, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Herman Melville, T. S. Eliot, Simone Weil

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780226091310
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226091334.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sharon Cameron, author