Cultural Semantics: Keywords of Our Time (Critical Perspectives on Modern Culture)

Jay, Martin

Editore: University of Massachusetts Press, 1998
ISBN 10: 1558491155 / ISBN 13: 9781558491151
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A selection of Martin Jay's recent writings on contemporary thought and culture, this is a book about ideas that matter -- and about why ideas matter. Borrowing from Flaubert's notion of a dictionary of "received ideas" and Raymond Williams's explorations of the "keywords" of the modern age, Jay investigates some of the central concepts by which we currently organize our thoughts and lives. His topics range from "theory" and "experience" to the meaning of "multiculturalism" and the dynamics of cultural "subversion." Among the thinkers he engages are Bataille and Foucault, Adorno and Lacoue-Labarthe, Walter Benjamin, Christa Wolf, and Jean-François Lyotard.

By looking closely at what "words do and perform," Jay makes us aware of the extent to which the language we use mediates and shapes our experience. By helping to distance us from much that we now take for granted, he makes it difficult for us to remain comfortably certain about what we think we know.

Elegantly written and richly insightful, this is a work of cultural criticism and intellectual analysis of the first order.

Sinossi: In this account of some of the central concepts in modern life and thought, Professor Jay investigates how language cannot fail to change and mediate experience. The topics he treats range from "theory" and "experience" to the meaning of "multiculturalism" and the dynamic of "cultural subversion", and among the thinkers he engages are Bataille, Foucault, Adorno, Walter Benjamin and Lyotard.

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Titolo: Cultural Semantics: Keywords of Our Time (...
Casa editrice: University of Massachusetts Press
Data di pubblicazione: 1998
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Editore: University of Massachusetts Press (1998)
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Descrizione libro University of Massachusetts Press, 1998. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. No wear except slight cock/twist of the spine. Beautiful copy. Cloth boards with gold and copper-colored titles. No jacket (unclear if one issued). Codice libro della libreria 048720

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