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Scars of the Spirit: The Struggle Against Inauthenticity Hardcover – August 17, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0312295691 ISBN-10: 0312295693 Edition: 1st

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Longtime Yale professor Hartman is the author of a definitive study of Wordsworth, numerous explanations of deconstruction and trenchant recent writing on the Holocaust. In 13 essays such as "A Short History of the Unreal" and "Aestheticide," Hartman carefully shows how reading can lead us to our authentic selves, and away from a "disenchantment that is final."
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Cofounder and project director of a video archive for Holocaust testimonies at Yale University, literary critic Hartman draws his title from Hegel's magnum opus, Phenomenology of Mind. In the first of 13 essays, he raises the essential question of where we can find the real, or authentic, in today's world. In an ever-erudite and contemplative mode, he goes on to explore the issues that shape our quest for agency, identity, and meaning, covering a wide and interesting set of subjects that range from exploring the fantasy of total information and perfect communication encouraged by the Internet to tell-all talk shows and acts of genocide. Inevitably, his contemplation of the aesthetic in the face of social suffering leads Hartman into a defense of art, particularly poetry, which he feels best resists the shortcut of formula. Hartman successfully recasts some of our basic questions-and it is perhaps through our questions that we understand our human predicament. Recommended for educated readers.
Scott Hightower, Fordham Univ., New York
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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 1st edition (August 17, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312295693
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312295691
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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By Really a Reader on February 11, 2015
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I came to appreciate Hartman years ago as a graduate student in a Ph.D. program and was thoroughly impressed by his scholarly criticism and his interpretation of the English Romantic poets. Forty years later I read the Scars of the Spirit and truly realized the steady and enlightening brilliance of Hartman.
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