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Title:Rules of Engagement: Modernism's Impersonal Interior
Author(s):Rives, Rochelle Lea
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Janet Lyon
Department / Program:English
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Women's Studies
Abstract:This study begins by elaborating what I understand to be the ethical paradox impersonality poses, particularly in the dissolution of individuality it supports. As shown in Wyndham Lewis' command that we impersonally "substitute ourselves everywhere for the animal world," the potential collectivity established by an impersonal engagement may in fact end up subsuming the object of that connection into the subject who initiates it, thereby reaffirming personality in its most authoritative dimension. Yet variants of modernist impersonality found in work by writers such as H.D., Elizabeth Bowen and Mary Butts discern the ethical dangers of this impersonal collapse of subject and object by engaging the question of how to preserve meaningful aesthetic space. The answers often lie in the realm of affective attachments to aesthetic objects. By examining these variants of impersonality, "Rules of Engagement" identifies the junctures where the politically progressive, empathic logic of impersonality slips into authoritarian fantasies of invasion and control.
Issue Date:2004
Description:356 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2004.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3153414
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:2004

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