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Author Wiggins, Ellwood H., Jr., author.

Title Odysseys of recognition : performing intersubjectivity in Homer, Aristotle, Shakespeare, Goethe, and Kleist / Ellwood Wiggins
Published Lewisburg, Pennsylvania : Bucknell University Press, [2019]
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Description 1 online resource (xvii, 319 pages)
Series New studies in the age of Goethe
New studies in the age of Goethe.
Contents Introduction: Performing recognition -- Part I. Marking the limits of recognition : between Aristotle and the Odyssey. "Just as the name itself signifies" : under the sign of nostalgia ; "Recognition is a change" : performance in motion ; "From ignorance to knowledge" : Penelope's poetological epistemology ; "Into friendship or enmity" : an ethics of authentic deception ; "For those bound for good or bad fortune" : casualties of recognition -- Part II. Outing interiority : modern recognitions. Self-knowledge between Plato and Shakespeare : Alcibiades I and Troilus and Cressida ; Metamorphoses of recognition : Goethe's "fortunate event" ; Epistemologies of recognition : Goethe's Iphigenie auf Tauris and the spectacle of catharsis ; Politics of recognition : friends, enemies, and Goethe's Iphigenie ; The fate of recognition : Kleist's Penthesilea -- Concluding reflections : signifying silence in Blumenberg and Kafka
Summary Literary recognition is a technical term for a climactic plot device. Odysseys of Recognition claims that interpersonal recognition is constituted by performance, and brings performance theory into dialogue with poetics, politics, and philosophy. By observing Odysseus figures from Homer to Kleist, Ellwood Wiggins offers an alternative to conventional intellectual histories that situate the invention of the interior self in modernity. Through strategic readings of Aristotle, this elegantly written, innovative study recovers an understanding of interpersonal recognition that has become strange and counterintuitive. Penelope in Homer's Odyssey offers a model for agency in ethical knowledge that has a lot to teach us today. Early modern and eighteenth-century characters, meanwhile, discover themselves not deep within an impenetrable self, but in the interpersonal space between people in the world. Recognition, Wiggins contends, is the moment in which epistemology and ethics coincide: in which what we know becomes manifest in what we do. Published by Bucknell University Press. Distributed worldwide by Rutgers University Press
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes In English
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Subject Aristotle -- Criticism and interpretation.
Homer -- Criticism and interpretation.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von, 1749-1832 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Kleist, Heinrich von, 1777-1811 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von, 1749-1832.
Kleist, Heinrich von, 1777-1811.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.
Intersubjectivity in literature.
Recognition in literature.
17.76 history of world literature.
Intersubjectivity in literature.
Recognition in literature.
Wiedererkennen Motiv
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1684480396