The Ascetic Imperative in Culture and Criticism (Paperback)

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In this bold interdisciplinary work, Geoffrey Galt Harpham argues that asceticism has played a major role in shaping Western ideas of the body, writing, ethics, and aesthetics. He suggests that we consider the ascetic as "the 'cultural' element in culture," and presents a close analysis of works by Athanasius, Augustine, Matthias, Grünewald, Nietzsche, Foucault, and other thinkers as proof of the extent of asceticism's resources. Harpham demonstrates the usefulness of his findings by deriving from asceticism a "discourse of resistance," a code of interpretation ultimately more generous and humane than those currently available to us.

About the Author

Geoffrey Galt Harpham, professor of English at Tulane University, is the author of Getting It Right: Language, Literature and Ethics, also published by the University of Chicago Press, and On the Grotesque: Strategies of Contradiction in Art and Literature.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780226316925
ISBN-10: 0226316920
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication Date: February 15th, 1992
Pages: 344
Language: English