Genealogy and Literature
U of Minnesota Press - Literary Criticism - 237 pages
Traditionalists insist that literature transcends culture. Others counter that it is subversive by nature. By challenging both claims, Genealogy and Literature reveals the importance of literature for understanding dominant and often violent power/knowledge relations within a given society. The authors explore the ways in which literature functions as a cultural practice, the links between death and literature as a field of discourse, and the possibilities of dismantling modes of bodily regulation. Through wide-ranging investigations of writing from England, France, Nigeria, Peru, Japan, and the United States, they reinvigorate the study of literature as a means of understanding the complexities of everyday experience. Contributors: Claudette Kemper Columbus, Lennard J. Davis, Simon During, Michel Foucault, Ellen J. Goldner, Tom Hayes, Kate Mehuron, Donald Mengay, Imafedia Okhamafe, Lee Quinby, Jose David Saldivar, and Malini Johar Schueller.
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Let us give the term genealogy to the union of erudite knowledge and local
memories which allows us to establish a historical knowledge of struggles and to
make use of this knowledge tactically today. Michel F oucault1 Regimes of
And even though genealogical fiction may employ postmodern narrative
techniques in order to break with the narrative coherence of conventional
historical fiction, it does not promulgate a postmodernist sense of crisis. In its
performance of ...
The point I do want to stress is that, even though both disciplinary history and
genealogy are necessarily fiction, they are different kinds of fiction in several
important ways. Whereas disciplinary history denies its own masquerade by
insisting on ...
Skeptical about all three of these sacralizing stances, genealogical literary
studies is nonetheless vitally interested in how they came to be established in
European and American societies and what the consequences of such power/
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