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She answers herself as the owl, and her cry disrupts the Master script or discourse, the symbolic order, yet registers only as a gap in that order, a hollow echo which signifies the failure of her quest for unified selfhood, for passing into a wholly "white" identity.
Having considered selfhood in terms of discourse and narrative, Schrag devotes the subsequent chapters of the book to reflections on the self in action, in community, and in what he calls "transcendence." He appeals to embodied action as "the needed corrective to certain postmodern predilections toward a pantextualism and linguistification of reality" (p.
His only options are loss of selfhood in real madness or to reassume a role which travesties his truth.
As John searches for such knowledge of and by words in Jonah 's Gourd Vine, he illustrates Henry Louis Gates's parallel contention that the quest for selfhood through the medium of language is a signal theme in African-American literature (169).
He Is interested in "Greek patterns of thinking about selfhood and personality" (p.
Jennifer Fitzgerald's "Selfhood and Community: Psychoanalysis and Discourse in Beloved" draws an intriguing parallel between traditional psychoanalytic discourse and the discourse of slavery.
Chapter 2 discusses Renaissance concepts of selfhood, claiming that the Renaissance meeting of Christian and Classical notions of the individual freed autobiography from the constraints of confession.
He begins there, discussing theories of self and nationhood while developing his prospagrapahical selfhood model of that relationship.
Against a mainstream of criticism that reads Milkman as the central "heroic" figure in the novel, Rice posits that Milkman's quest for "selfhood" actually brings into sharper relief the "stationary" status of Pilate, whose ancestral, communal, and familial loyalties are necessarily called in to temper the selfish individualism (a central theme within the American literary tradition) urging Milkman's journey.
From the Epistre to the dosing sonnet, Baker views Labe's volume of writings as a series of "movements from polemics to poetics, from theory to practice, and from public to private discourse" (164), which all contribute to establish female selfhood on the cultural, social and private stage.
It was an effort to elude what Lionel Trilling described as "the characteristic disease of the actor, the attenuation of selfhood that results from impersonation," and arrive at authentic selfhood, but it was, after all, just more theater - impersonation.
It is important to emphasize that for Farrell the disenchantment of subjectivity aims only at loosening the hold on our thinking of the misleading philosophical and theological pictures of mental activity that prevent the recovery of the world; it does not constitute a denial of the meaningfulness of language about selfhood and subjectivity.