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The speculum and the scalpel: The politics of impotent representation and non -representational terrorism


1999 1999

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Social philosophy at the end of the twentieth century must be prefixed by what it follows. It has become commonplace to describe our moment as postmodern and post-structuralist, perhaps also post-Marxian. While true enough, our situation more specifically must be post-Lacan, post-Althusser, post-Foucault, and post-Critical Theory. A number of theorists highlight the context this dissertation places itself in, but Slavoj Žižek and Judith Butler should be emphasized in this regard.

The positive project of this dissertation begins with radical doubts about the operation of epistemic truth in subjectivity and in language (of a sort first raised by Nietzsche). The dissertation is a series of case studies in the modes of failure of truth, and of the manner in which ideology functions within the void left by the necessary absence of truth. It has a political project of determining what forms counter-hegemony can take absent a traditional assumption of a solid ground for veracity.

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Subject
Philosophy;
Rhetoric;
Composition;
Social research
Classification
0422: Philosophy
0681: Rhetoric
0681: Composition
0344: Social research
Identifier / keyword
Philosophy, religion and theology, Social sciences, Language, literature and linguistics, Butler, Judith, Gender, Ideology, Marxism, Social philosophy, Zizek, Slavoj
Title
The speculum and the scalpel: The politics of impotent representation and non -representational terrorism
Author
Mertz, David Quintyn
Number of pages
305
Publication year
1999
Degree date
1999
School code
0118
Source
DAI-A 60/11, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780599530416, 0599530413
Advisor
Ferguson, Ann
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
9950186
ProQuest document ID
304513120
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304513120
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