Elaine Scarry Resisting Representation

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Resisting Representation

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This collection of essays displays the author's developing concern with the problematics of representation as exemplified in literary texts that deal with such concepts as work, pain, time, and the cosmos. Through her readings of texts by Thomas Hardy, Samuel Beckett, Boethius, William Thackeray and others, Scarry demonstrates the difficulties and the complexities of the ways in which language and imagery attempt, and fail, to make present some aspects of the "real."

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Author of the renowned The Body in Pain (Oxford, 1985), noted scholar Elaine Scarry is Professor of English and American Literature at Harvard University.

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"[Scarry's] thesis evokes instant recognition (`I should have thought of that!'), and her readings of Hardy, Beckett, Thackeray, and Boethius are elegant and convincing. Resisting Representation made me see in a new way not only the works Scarry discusses, but also other literature; for a book of criticism, I can think of no higher praise."--Harvard Review


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