Skeptical Selves: Empiricism and Modernity in the French Novel (Figurae: Reading Medieval Culture)

ISBN 10: 0804724652 / ISBN 13: 9780804724654
Used / Quantity Available: 0
Available From More Booksellers
View all  copies of this book

About the Book

We're sorry; this specific copy is no longer available. AbeBooks has millions of books. We've listed similar copies below.

Description:

Skeptical Selves: Empiricism and Modernity in the French Novel (Figurae: Reading Medieval Culture). Bookseller Inventory #

About this title:

Book ratings provided by Goodreads:
0 avg rating
(0 ratings)

Synopsis: This book examines three first-person novels that narrate spectacular failures of self-representation. In an innovative move, the author grounds these failures in the narrators' inability to move beyond Empiricist notions of correspondence between private, nonverbal experience and public expression, an inability that confines them to various forms of solipsism. Russo contends that such Empiricist notions still inform contemporary French novels and criticism. She deftly shows that current forms of linguistic skepticism favored by Blanchot, Sartre, Barthes, and Derrida are in fact the very product of the Empiricist notion of truth these authors claim to have rejected. Instead, she argues for the social and contextual dimension of language and against the illusion of authenticity on which these critics still rely. Her readings recast the debates surrounding postmodernism by placing them in a much-needed historical context.
Through a series of lively close readings of Prevost's Histoire d'une Grecque moderne, Constant's Adolphe, and Des Forets's Le Bavard, Russo establishes the continuous legacy of Empiricism across three centuries. Prevost pins his narrator's interpretive difficulties on an inability to know and categorize Oriental reality, Constant grounds his critique of language on the same ethical and political principles that underlie his liberalism, while Des Forets's extreme solipsism pitches him against the Sartrean notion of engagement.

From the Back Cover: “This is the best book I have read regarding the convergence of language theories, the representation of the self, and the aesthetic of the novel. The general framework ... is a tour de force.” —Josué Harari
Emory University

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Bibliographic Details

Title: Skeptical Selves: Empiricism and Modernity ...
Book Condition: Good

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Russo, Elena
Published by Stanford University Press (1996)
ISBN 10: 0804724652 ISBN 13: 9780804724654
Used First Edition Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Better World Books
(Mishawaka, IN, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Stanford University Press, 1996. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Former Library book. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Bookseller Inventory # GRP76893858

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
US$ 5.93
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Russo, Elena
Published by Stanford University Press (1996)
ISBN 10: 0804724652 ISBN 13: 9780804724654
Used First Edition Quantity Available: 2
Seller
Better World Books
(Mishawaka, IN, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Stanford University Press, 1996. Book Condition: Good. 1st Edition. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP79311517

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
US$ 5.93
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Russo, Elena
Published by Stanford University Press
ISBN 10: 0804724652 ISBN 13: 9780804724654
Used Hardcover Quantity Available: 3
Seller
Rating
[?]

Book Description Stanford University Press. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 0804724652 Crisp, clean, unread book with some shelfwear and a remainder mark to one edge - NICE. Bookseller Inventory # Z0804724652Z2

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
US$ 13.04
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Russo, Elena
Published by Stanford University Press
ISBN 10: 0804724652 ISBN 13: 9780804724654
Used Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Rating
[?]

Book Description Stanford University Press. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. 0804724652 Bumped and creased book with tears to the extremities, but not affecting the text block and a remainder mark to one edge - Good. Bookseller Inventory # Z0804724652Z3

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
US$ 13.04
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Elena Russo
Published by Stanford University Press (1996)
ISBN 10: 0804724652 ISBN 13: 9780804724654
Used Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Stanford University Press, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used: Very Good. Bookseller Inventory # SONG0804724652

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
US$ 9.33
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Elena Russo
ISBN 10: 0804724652 ISBN 13: 9780804724654
Used Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Castle Rock
(Pittsford, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: Good. Book Condition: Good. Bookseller Inventory # 97808047246544.0

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
US$ 11.32
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Elena Russo
ISBN 10: 0804724652 ISBN 13: 9780804724654
Used Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Castle Rock
(Pittsford, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: Very Good. Book Condition: Very Good. Bookseller Inventory # 97808047246543.0

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
US$ 11.43
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Russo, Elena
Published by Stanford University Press, Stanford (1996)
ISBN 10: 0804724652 ISBN 13: 9780804724654
Used Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Theologia Books
(La Charite sur Loire, France)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Stanford University Press, Stanford, 1996. Hard Cover. Book Condition: As New. Dust Jacket Condition: As New. As new hardback copy in as new dustjacket. vii, 225pp. Bookseller Inventory # 019587

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
US$ 26.51
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 6.46
From France to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Elena Russo
Published by -Stanford University Press - (1996)
ISBN 10: 0804724652 ISBN 13: 9780804724654
Used Hardcover First Edition Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Studio Bookshop
(Brighton, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description -Stanford University Press -, 1996. First edition. vii+225 pages with index. Cloth. Fine in dustjacket. This work examines three first-person novels that narrate spectacular failures of self-representation. In an innovative move, the author grounds these failures in the narrators' inability to move beyond empiricist notions of correspondence between private, nonverbal experience and public expression, an inability that confines them to various forms of solipsism. Russo contends that such empiricist notions still inform contemporary French novels and criticism. She deftly shows that current forms of linguistic skepticism favoured by Blanchot, Sartre, Barthes, and Derrida are in fact the very product of the empiricist notion of truth these authors claim to have rejected. Instead, she argues for the social and contextual dimension of language and against the illusion of authenticity on which these critics still rely. Her readings recast the debates surrounding postmodernism by placing them in a much needed historical context. Bookseller Inventory # 10208

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
US$ 33.13
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 18.66
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Russo, Elena
Published by Stanford University Press (1996)
ISBN 10: 0804724652 ISBN 13: 9780804724654
New Quantity Available: > 20
Print on Demand
Seller
Books2Anywhere
(Fairford, GLOS, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Stanford University Press, 1996. HRD. Book Condition: New. New Book. Delivered from our US warehouse in 10 to 14 business days. THIS BOOK IS PRINTED ON DEMAND.Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # IP-9780804724654

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 45.16
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 11.58
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are 10 more copies of this book

View all search results for this book