Transformations in Personhood and Culture after Theory

The Languages of History, Aesthetics, and Ethics

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Christie McDonald, Gary Wihl
Published 18 Aug 2005
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The essays in this collection focus on the essentially moral desire within humanistic inquiry to seek a point of contact between personal experience and intellectual reflection. The book is concerned with the development of a plural vocabulary of transformation that stems from the language of historians, philosophers, feminists, and aestheticians. It delineates a significant and widespread change in intellectual perspective that resists homogenizing the objects of study to abstract conceptual models and structures. What emerges from this volume are personal, responsible, situated languages that engage intellectuals after the waves of abstract theory of the past twenty years.

ContentsChristie McDonald and Gary Wihl/PrefaceNancy F. Partner/History Without Empiricism/Truth Without FactsJudith Schlanger/How Old Is Our Cultural Past?Isabelle Stengers/The Humor of the PresentNancy Austin/Naming the Landscape: Leisure Travel and the Demise of the SalonKarsten Harries/Beauty, Language, and Re-Presentation: Notes Toward a Critique of Aesthetics--With Special Reference to ArchitectureMary Ann Caws/Making Space: For a Poetry of ArchitectureCharles Altieri/Intentionality Without Interiority: Wittgenstein and the Dynamics of Subjective AgencyJacques Schlanger/Changing One's BeliefsRosi Braidotti/Theories of GenderSarah Westphal/Stories of GenderMary Bittner Wiseman/Three Renaissance Madonnas: Freud and the Feminine

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Contents

Christie McDonald and Gary Wihl/Preface

1. Nancy F. Partner/History Without Empiricism/Truth Without Facts

2. Judith Schlanger/How Old Is Our Cultural Past?

3. Isabelle Stengers/The Humor of the Present

4. Nancy Austin/Naming the Landscape: Leisure Travel and the Demise of the Salon

5. Karsten Harries/Beauty, Language, and Re-Presentation: Notes Toward a Critique of Aesthetics—With Special Reference to Architecture

6. Mary Ann Caws/Making Space: For a Poetry of Architecture

7. Charles Altieri/Intentionality Without Interiority: Wittgenstein and the Dynamics of Subjective Agency

8. Jacques Schlanger/Changing One's Beliefs

9. Rosi Braidotti/Theories of Gender

10. Sarah Westphal/Stories of Gender

11. Mary Bittner Wiseman/Three Renaissance Madonnas: Freud and the Feminine

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Christie McDonald is Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard University and author of The Proustian Fabric (1991).

Gary Wihl is Associate Professor of English at McGill University.

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