Agonistics: Arenas of Creative Contest

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Janet Lungstrum, Elizabeth Sauer
SUNY Press, Jan 1, 1997 - Philosophy - 359 pages
This book examines the ambiguities inherent in the concept of the agon as a motivating, conflictual force behind creative and social expression. The notion of agonistics extends far beyond the literary fame lent it by Harold Bloom to embrace all aspects of culture. The editors blend theoretical sophistication with an interdisciplinary approach and reposit the agon in a new, broad context for postmodern inquiry. Taking their inspiration from Friedrich Nietzsche's essay "Homer's Contest," Lungstrum and Sauer trace the evolution of the agon: from its vital function in ancient Greece, through modernity, and onward.

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Contents

An Introduction Janet Lungstrum and Elizabeth Sauer
1
Friedrich Nietzsche Translated by Jordan Dieterich and Janet Lungstrum
35
Nietzsche the Greeks Eternal Recurrence Benjamin C Sax
46
Hegel Derrida and the Closure of Philosophy Arkady Plotnitsky
70
The Prophets War against Prophecy Marcus Paul Bullock
92
Agonistics in Psychoanalysis Volney P Gay
109
Lorna Martens
127
Freud and the Jewishness of the Creative Sander L Gilman
150
Miltons Discourses of the Divided Self Elizabeth Sauer
224
Preordained Rivalry in Joyces Finnegans Wake Andrew Schmitz
238
Henry Jamess Backward Glance at the Agon of Composition Cecile MazzuccoThan
254
Lisabeth During
273
John Hoberman
291
Cynthia Willett
303
Arendt and Le Guin on World Creation George A Trey
323
Notes on Contributors
345

The Question of Race in Detection Nancy A Harrowitz
175
On the Agon and the Creative Impulse John A McCarthy
197
Index
349
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Janet Lungstrum is Assistant Professor of German Literature at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Elizabeth Sauer is Associate Professor of English Literature at Brock University. She is the author of Barbarous Dissonance and Images of Voice in Milton's Epics.

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