9780199683611-0199683611-Repetition and Identity: The Literary Agenda

Repetition and Identity: The Literary Agenda

ISBN-13: 9780199683611
ISBN-10: 0199683611
Edition: 1
Author: Pickstock, Catherine
Publication date: 2014
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Paperback 240 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780199683611
ISBN-10: 0199683611
Edition: 1
Author: Pickstock, Catherine
Publication date: 2014
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Paperback 240 pages

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Acknowledged authors Pickstock, Catherine wrote Repetition and Identity: The Literary Agenda comprising 240 pages back in 2014. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0199683611 and 9780199683611. Since then Repetition and Identity: The Literary Agenda textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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The Literary Agenda is a series of short polemical monographs about the importance of literature and of reading in the wider world and about the state of literary education inside schools and universities. The category of 'the literary' has always been contentious. What is clear, however, is how increasingly it is dismissed or is unrecognised as a way of thinking or an arena for thought. It is sceptically challenged from within, for example, by the sometimes rival claims of cultural history, contextualized explanation, or media studies. It is shaken from without by even greater pressures: by economic exigency and the severe social attitudes that can follow from it; by technological change that may leave the traditional forms of serious human communication looking merely antiquated. For just these reasons this is the right time for renewal, to start reinvigorated work into the meaning and value of literary reading.


Repetition and Identity offers a theory of the existing thing as such. A thing only has identity and consistency when it has already been repeated, but repetition summons difference and the shadow invocation of a connecting sign. In contrast to the perspectives of Post-structuralism, Catherine Pickstock proposes that signs are part of reality, and that they truthfully express the real. She also proposes that non-identical repetition involves analogy, rather than the Post-structuralist combination of univocity and equivocity, or of rationalism with scepticism. This proposal, which is happy for reality to make sense, involves, however, a subjective decision which is to be poetically performed. A wager is laid upon the possibility of a consistency which sustains the subject, in continuity with the elusive consistency of nature. This wager is played out in terms of a performative argument concerning the existential stances open to human beings. It is concluded that the individual sustains this quest within the context of an inter-subjective search for an historical consistency of culture. But can ethical consistency, and the harmonisation of this with an aesthetic surplus of an 'elsewhere', invoked by the sign, be achieved without a religious gesture? And can this gesture avoid a tragic tension between ethical commitment and religious renunciation? Pickstock suggests a Kierkegaardian re-reading of the Patristic categories of 'recapitulation' and 'reconstitution' can reconcile this tension. The quest for the identity and consistency of the thing leads us from the subject through fiction and history and to sacred history, to shape an ontology which is also a literary theory and a literary artefaction.

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