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The Tremulous Private Body

by Francis Barker

Part of the The Body in Theory: Histories of Cultural Materialism Series

The Tremulous Private Body Synopsis

This ambitious and immensely readable study helped establish Francis Barker's reputation on both sides of the Atlantic, . Now available in paperback with a revised preface from the author, The Tremulous Private Body studies several seventeenth-century texts to document the birth of the modern, self-possessed subject and the consequent waning of the modern body. Francis Barker draws on the theoretical work of Foucault, Derrida, and Lacan and the Marxism of Louis Althusser to interpret the works of Pepys, Shakespeare, Milton, Descartes, Marvell, and Rembrandt. The Tremulous Private Body engages the central themes of postmodernism--discourse, sexuality, textuality, and power--but it is not a poststructuralist work, rejecting many of the positions characteristic of poststructuralism, particularly its tendency to depoliticize discourse. The book's intense and challenging style weaves together its contemporary theoretical preoccupations and its reflection on historical material into a single, penetrating analysis of the structure of modern culture. It suggests how discourse today is complicit in the wider forms of dominance that define our world.

Book Information

ISBN: 9780472065523
Publication date: 26th September 2020
Author: Francis Barker
Publisher: The University of Michigan Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 120 pages
Categories: Western philosophy, from c 1900 -, The arts: general issues,

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