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Open Secrets

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"The greatest merit of Open Secrets is the way in which its attention to the intrinsic sufficiency of minimal experiences allows us to appreciate the continuity between many of the dominant critical paradigms in postmodern thought and Enlightenment models of action-as-production Francois's readings of literature not only reveal a stunning capacity to concentrate on formal details, but also to manage to put forward interpretations that future critics of the works in question will likely have to contend with for a long time to come."

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Anne-Lise François is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley.

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The originality of "Open Secrets" is thus to imagine the non-instrumental without casting it as a heavy ethical burden. The book offers a valuable counterpoint to recent anti-Enlightenment revaluations of passivity that have made non-mastery and non-appropriation the fundamental task of the ethical subject.

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Open Secrets identifies an ethos of affirmative reticence and recessive action in Mme de Lafayette's La Princesse de Clèves (1678), Jane Austen's Mansfield Park (1814), and poems by William Wordsworth, Emily Dickinson, and Thomas Hardy. The author argues that these works locate fulfillment not in narrative fruition, but in grace understood both as a simplicity of formal means and a freedom from work, in particular that of self-concealment and self-presentation. Declining the twin pressures of self-actualization and self-denial defining modernity's call to make good on one's talents, the subjects of the "literature of uncounted experience" do nothing so heroic as renounce ambitions of self-expression; they simply set aside the fantasy of the all-responsible subject. The originality of Open Secrets is thus to imagine the non-instrumental without casting it as a heavy ethical burden. Non-appropriation emerges not as what is difficult to do but as the path of least resistance. The book offers a valuable counterpoint to recent anti-Enlightenment revaluations of passivity that have made non-mastery and non-appropriation the fundamental task of the ethical subject.

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Titre: Open Secrets
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Code EAN: 9780804752534
ISBN: 978-0-8047-5253-4
Format: Livre Relié
Editeur: Ingram Publishers Services
Genre: Linguistique et sciences de la littérature
nombre de pages: 328
Année: 2007
Auflage: New.

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