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Personal Identity and Literature

1st Edition

By Patrick Colm Hogan


224 pages

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Paperback: 9780367210687
pub: 2019-06-05
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In Personal Identity and Literature, Hogan examines what makes an individual a particular, unique self. He draws on cognitive and affective science as well as literary works - from Walt Whitman and Frederick Douglass to Dorothy Richardson, Alice Munro, and J. M. Coetzee. His scholarly analyses are also intertwined with more personal reflections, such as his mother’s memory loss. The result is a work that examines a complex topic by drawing on a unique range of resources, from empirical psychology and philosophy to novels, films, and biographical experiences. The book provides a clear, systematic account of personal identity that is theoretically strong, but also unique and engaging.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Shame Introduction: Know Thyself 1. Basic Principles 2. Kinds of Self 3. Becoming Oneself: Society and Identity 4. Understanding Ourselves: On Empathy 5. Shame, Guilt, and Trauma 6. Subjectivity and Loneliness Afterword: A Question of Dignity Works Cited

About the Author

Patrick Colm Hogan is Professor of English at the University of Connecticut, USA.

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