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Publisher: Includes bibliographical references and index..
Date: 2003.
Place: Urbana
Edition description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 10: 0252071271
ISBN 13: 9780252071270

Number of pages: 366
Language: English

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Stupidity In Literature, Literature, Modern > History And Criticism,

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There is something about stupidity that is untrackable; it evades our cognitive scanners and turns up as the uncanny double of mastery or intelligence. The political and social implications of stupidity have been articulated by Marx, Nietzsche, Deleuze, among others. Urgent yet recalcitrant, stupidity provokes a crisis in our understanding of politics, ethics, and psychoanalysis. The dilemma posed by the limited subject involves national identity, masochism and sexual politics, as well as the relation of poetic utterance to the stammer in which it originates. Essentially linked to the philosophical primal scene of stupor, stupidity also points to what has been historically inappropriable, as when Hannah Arendt considers Eichmann in terms of not only the banality but also the stupidity of evil. In Stupidity Avital Ronell explores the fading empire of cognition, modulating stupidity into idiocy, puerility, and the figure of the ridiculous philosopher instituted by Kant. Drawing on a range of writers including Dostoevsky, Schlegel, Musil, and Wordsworth, Stupidity investigates ignorance, dumbfoundedness, and the limits of reason, while probing the pervasive practice of theory-bashing and related forms of paranoid aggression. A section on prolonged and debilitating illness pushes the text to the edge of a corporeal hermeneutics, at the limits of what the body knows and tells.--BOOK JACKET

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