Leo Bersani, chairman of the French Department at Berkeley, interprets “”a future for Astyanax”” freed from the psychological constraints and. Leo Bersani, A Future for Astyanax: Character and Desire in Literature (London: Marion Boyars, ; hardback, £ ISBN 0 1). Show full title. Ohio Wesleyan UniversityBernard Murchland A Future for Astyanax: Character and Desire in Literature, by Leo Bersani; pp. xii & Boston & Toronto: Litde.

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A Future For Astyanax

Sign in to use this feature. Gender, Desire, and Sexuality in T. Such a recognition is “the necessary point of departure” p. In the density of its textual analysis, in its philosophically suggestive account of desire and the self, in its creative use of recent French criticism, and in the clarity and scope of its perspective on the realistic novel, Bersani’s book is very impressive.

Jay Clayton – – Critical Inquiry 16 1: Awtyanax in Create an account. The value of literature, and criticism, is to teach us about desire and its relation to a fragmented or unified self.



Such literature shows, implicidy, ufture recognition of the fundamental deceptions about the self and desire upon which the classical futufe was based.

The adult self A requires a conflict with other adults: The first, drawn from Racine, Flaubert, Stendhal, James, Lawrence, and miscellaneous Realists, dramatizes conflicts between passions and the “”limiting structures”” of sublimation. Leo Bersani – – Oup Usa. Patrick Ffrench – – Film-Philosophy 9 1. The opposition between these two forms of self is the basis for Bersani’s description of the relation of realistic fiction to literature of the “deconstructed” self.

Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Here are two views of the self: We have become accustomed—and certainly most critics do little to upset this expectation—to think fir criticism as of only marginal relevance to philosophy.

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Allying himself loosely with critics of psychoanalysis like Norman O. Character and Desire in Literature, by Leo Bersani; pp. Dialectically, Bersani’s book reveals that each of these views is other than it appears. Paradoxically, the realistic novel offers loe less fully human view of desire than the literature of the “deconstructed” self.

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History of Western Philosophy. To have no bounds to one’s desires is thus to lack definition as a self. Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. David Carrier – – Philosophy and Literature 1 3: Potential Not To Be: One of the many merits of Bersani’s fine new book is his refutation of such expectations.

Shorter Reviews for further discussion. The Culture of Redemption. From the Publisher via CrossRef no proxy euppublishing.