Genealogy and Literature

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Lee Quinby
U of Minnesota Press, 1995 - Literary Criticism - 237 pages

Genealogy and Literature was first published in 1995. Minnesota Archive Editions uses digital technology to make long-unavailable books once again accessible, and are published unaltered from the original University of Minnesota Press editions.

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, José David Saldivar, Malini Johar Schueller.

Lee Quinby is professor of English and American studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. She is the author of Anti-Apocalypse: Exercises in Genealogical Criticism (Minnesota, 1994).

 

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Contents

The Functions of Literature Michel Foucault
3
How Europe Became Deaf in the Eighteenth
9
The Case of Herman Melville
48
Government Death Mimesis
71
A Genealogy of Prospero
96
Arguedass Foxes
116
Genealogical Determinism in Achebes Things Fall Apart
134
Genealogical Inquiries Pedagogical Implications
157
Ntozake
175
Donald H Mengay
193
Guiberts Countermemories
211
Contributors
225
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About the author (1995)

Dr. Lee Quinby is visiting professor at William E. Macaulay Honors College at CUNY. She is author of, among other books, Anti-Apocalypse: Exercises in Genealogical Criticism (Minnesota, 1994).

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