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On trust : art and the temptations of suspicion / Gabriel Josipovici
Bib ID 1725537
Format BookBook
Author
Josipovici, Gabriel, 1940-
 
Description New Haven, Conn. ; London : Yale University Press, c1999 
ix,294 p. ; 23 cm. 
ISBN 0300079915 (alkaline paper)
Summary

"In this wide-ranging book, an eminent novelist, playwright, and literary critic explores the question that has troubled artists and philosophers (though not critics) since the time of the Romantics: is it possible to create art today with the freedom of earlier ages and yet produce works that are more than merely decorative or commercial? Such a question, argues Gabriel Josipovici, is not timeless; it has a history, and a relatively short one at that. Why is it only with the Romantics that suspicion, not just of motive but of the very tools of art, language, and form, has become so insistent?"--BOOK JACKET.

"To understand Romantic suspicion, the author argues, we need to understand what it supplanted and why. To that end he turns to the work created in what he calls cultures of trust, to Homer and the Hebrew Bible, to Dante and Shakespeare, before examining the interplay of trust and suspicion in a number of Romantic and post-Romantic writers from Wordsworth to Beckett."--BOOK JACKET.

Full contents
  • 1. The age of suspicion
  • 2. Lightness and gravity
  • Excursus I. A tale of a heel and a hip
  • 3. Dante: trusting the mother tongue
  • 4. Shakespeare: trust and suspicion at play
  • Excursus II. red blood white snow
  • 5. Romantic doubts
  • 6. Proust and the face of true goodness
  • 7. Franz Kafka: the innocent pretence
  • 8. 'Dear incomprehension!': Beckett and trust
 
Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Subjects Trust.  |  Literature -- Philosophy.  |  Authorship -- Moral and ethical aspects.  |  Authority.

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