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Culture and Consciousness : Literature Regained

William S Haney II

ISBN 10: 8120827554 / ISBN 13: 9788120827554
Editorial: Motilal Banarsidass, Delhi, 2006
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Contents Preface. Acknowledgement. 1. The science of mind consciousness and literary studies. 2. Models of the self. 3. Deconstruction Indian literary theory and consciousness. 4. Intersubjective phenomenology and performance. 5. Postmodernism and the drama of consciousness. 6. Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five Shell Shock or Hysteria. 7. DeLillo's White Noise the aesthetics of cyberspace. 8. Ethics free will and consciousness reading Philip K. Dick and Stanislaw Lem. Conclusion. Notes. Bibliography. Index. Culture and Consciousness argues that the vast interdisciplinary boom in consciousness research has enormous implications for literary and cultural studies and that the potential benefits of this research in the twenty first century are momentous. Its objective is to show how consciousness studies can help us reassess our approach to key issues and the fundamental assumptions of contemporary theory and criticism. In eight chapters the first three theoretical and the others largely applied major points of contention in the humanities are explored through a perspective that accommodates the full range of mind and consciousness. Haney demonstrates that the debates in theory surrounding the questions of identity truth and language which have so far eluded the mind or reason cannot be resolved without recourse to the structure of consciousness and intersubjectivity an interaction mediated by language and resulting in mutual agreement. Chapters four to eight apply the notion of intersubjectivity to the reading of specific works. A key implication of this book is that questions in literary and cultural theory concerning binaries such as presence and absence pattern and randomness the given and the made the individual and the collective will continue to elude the mind as a reservoir of rational thought. We can only begin to understand these issues by taking into consideration the difference between mind and consciousness. The free play of postmodern culture with its conceptual indeterminacy and lack of depth can help to free awareness from the phenomenal objects of the mind by allowing attention to slip into the spaces between these objects. This slippage is promoted by intersubjectivity a process of relating to the other whether the other is a human being a creative inspiration or a wok of art. Hancy contends that at a certain level the duality of self and other is overcome in an experience of unity. To support this claim the first part of the book suggests how all knowledge domains sensory mental and contemplative can be seen as distinct but integrated. No one sphere can rightfully dominate the others as in the materialist or poststructuralism domination of the subject. Because consciousness cannot be explained by sensory or mental empiricism no theory like poststructuralist or postmodernism can effectively call into question something still beyond third person consensual understanding. What integrates these domains is not language or reason but consciousness understood as the all pervasive ground of knowledge. Access to this ground is enhanced by aesthetic experience and by certain postmodern cultural acts as the second part of the book demonstrates. 198 pp. N° de ref. de la librería 63687

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Título: Culture and Consciousness : Literature ...

Editorial: Motilal Banarsidass, Delhi

Año de publicación: 2006

Encuadernación: Hardbound

Condición del libro:As New

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Culture and Consciousness argues that the vast interdisciplinary boom in consciousness research has enormous implications for literary and cultural studies, and that the potential benefits of this research in the twenty-first century are momentous. Its objective is to show how consciousness studies can help us reassess our approach to key issues and the fundamental assumptions of contemporary theory and criticism. In the first half of the book, major points of contention in the humanities are explored through a perspective that accommodates the full range of mind and consciousness. Haney demonstrates that the debates in theory surrounding the questions of identity, truth and language, which have so far eluded the mind or reason, cannot be resolved without recourse to the structure of consciousness and intersubjectivity - an interaction mediated by language and resulting in mutual agreement. The remaining chapters apply the notion of intersubjectivity to the reading of specific works. A key implication of this book is that questions of literary and cultural theory concerning binaries such as presence and absence, pattern and randomness, the given and the made, the individual and the collective will continue to elude the mind as a reservoir of rational thought. Finally, Haney contends that at a certain level the duality of self and other is overcome in an experience of unity.

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William S. Haney II, a University of California, Davis, Ph.D., is Professor of English and has taught at the University of Maryland, the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany, and Eastern Mediterranean University, North Cyprus. His books and edited collections focus on contemporary British and American literature and culture, often from a consciousness studies perspective. They include Humanism and the Humanities in the Twenty-first Century (Bucknell, 2002), co-edited with Peter Malekin. He is working on two book projects: Sacred Theater (co-authored), and Cybercultures, Cyborgs, and Consciousness.

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