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The Resource Death's following : mediocrity, dirtiness, adulthood, literature, John Limon

Death's following : mediocrity, dirtiness, adulthood, literature, John Limon

Label
Death's following : mediocrity, dirtiness, adulthood, literature
Title
Death's following
Title remainder
mediocrity, dirtiness, adulthood, literature
Statement of responsibility
John Limon
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Almost all twentieth-century philosophy stresses the immanence of death in human life-as drive (Freud), as the context of Being (Heidegger), as the essence of our defining ethics (Levinas), or as language (de Man, Blanchot). In Death's Following, John Limon makes use of literary analysis (of Sebald, Bernhard, and Stoppard), cultural analysis, and autobiography to argue that death is best conceived as always transcendentally beyond ourselves, neither immanent nor imminent. Adapting Kierkegaard's variations on the theme of Abraham's near-sacrifice of Isaac while refocusing the emphasis onto Isaac, Limon argues that death should be imagined as if hiding at the end of an inexplicable journey to Moriah. The point is not to evade or ignore death but to conceive it more truly, repulsively, and pervasively in its camouflage: for example, in jokes, in logical puzzles, in bowdlerized folk songs. The first of Limon's two key concepts is adulthood: the prolonged anti-ritual for experiencing the full distance on the look of death. His second is dirtiness, as theorized in a Jewish joke, a logical exemplum, and T.S. Eliot's "Ash Wednesday": In each case, unseen dirt on foreheads suggests the invisibility of inferred death. Not recognizing death immediately or admitting its immanence and imminence is for Heidegger the defining characteristic of the "they," humanity in its inauthentic social escapism. But Limon vouches throughout for the mediocrity of the "they" in its dirty and ludicrous adulthood. Mediocrity is the privileged position for previewing death, in Limon's opinion: practice for being forgotten. In refusing the call of twentieth-century philosophy to face death courageously, Limon urges the ethical and aesthetic value of mediocre anti-heroism."--Project Muse
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Cataloging source
E7B
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Limon, John
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Civilization, Western
  • Civilization, Western
  • Death
  • Mediocrity
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • Civilization, Western
  • Death
  • Mediocrity
Label
Death's following : mediocrity, dirtiness, adulthood, literature, John Limon
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Don Rickles's Rant
  • Too Late, My Brothers
  • Re: Barth
  • Text and Doctrine: Adulthood and Dirtiness
  • Preliminary Expectoration
  • Alas a Dirty Third: The Logic of Death
  • Reasons: Mediocrity, Melancholy, and Play
  • Thomas Bernhard's Rant
  • Following Sebald
  • Tickling the Corpse: Tom Stoppard's Memento Mori
  • Uses: Coming to Death in Autobiography and Culture
Control code
ocn802059667
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (196 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780823246311
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt1c5db8v
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)802059667
Label
Death's following : mediocrity, dirtiness, adulthood, literature, John Limon
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Don Rickles's Rant
  • Too Late, My Brothers
  • Re: Barth
  • Text and Doctrine: Adulthood and Dirtiness
  • Preliminary Expectoration
  • Alas a Dirty Third: The Logic of Death
  • Reasons: Mediocrity, Melancholy, and Play
  • Thomas Bernhard's Rant
  • Following Sebald
  • Tickling the Corpse: Tom Stoppard's Memento Mori
  • Uses: Coming to Death in Autobiography and Culture
Control code
ocn802059667
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (196 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780823246311
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt1c5db8v
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)802059667

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