Sign In
 
Forgot password?
Enter your username or email to reset and email yourself your password
Forgot your username? Click here
Sign In
Welcome . For your security, please choose your password.
Sign In
For privacy concerns, please view our Privacy Policy
Sign up
for saving your wish list, viewing past orders
receiving discounts and lots more...
Subscribe for Newsletters and Discounts
Be the first to receive our thoughtfully written
religious articles and product discounts.
By registering, you may receive account related information, our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
.
Share
Share our website with your friends.
Email this page to a friend
By subscribing, you will receive our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. All emails will be sent by Exotic India using the email address info@exoticindia.com.

Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
|6
Your Cart (0)
Books > Language and Literature > Culture and Consciousness Literature Regained
Displaying 3870 of 4262         Previous  |  NextSubscribe to our newsletter and discounts
Culture and Consciousness Literature Regained
Culture and Consciousness Literature Regained
Description
From the Jacket

Culture and Consciousness argues that the vast interdisciplinary boom in consciousness research has enormous implications for literary and cultural studies, and that the potential benefits of this research in the twenty-first century are momentous. Its objective is to show how consciousness studies can help us reassess our approach to key issues and the Fundamental assumptions of contemporary theory and criticism. In eight chapters, the first three theoretical and the others largely applied, major points of contention in the humanities are explored through a perspective that accommodates the full range of mind and consciousness. Haney demonstrates that the debates in theory surrounding the questions of identity, truth, and language, which have so far eluded the mind or reason, cannot be resolved without recourse to the structure of consciousness and intersubjectivity-an interaction mediated by language and resulting in mutual agreement. Chapters four to eight apply the notion of intersubjectivity to the reading of specific works.

A key implication of this book is that questions in literary and cultural theory concerning binaries such as presence and absence, pattern and randomness, the given and the made, the individual and the collective will continue to elude the mind as a reservoir of rational thought. We can only begin to understand these issues by taking into consideration the difference between mind and consciousness. The free play of postmodern culture with its conceptual indeterminacy and lack of depth can help to free awareness from the phenomenal objects of the mind by allowing attention to slip into the spaces between these objects. This slippage is promoted by intersubjectivity, a process of relating to the other," whether the other is a human being, a creative inspiration, or a work of art. Hancy contends that at a certain level the duality of self and other is overcome is an experience of unity. To support this claim, the first part of the book suggests how all knowledge domains-sensory, mental, and contemplative-can be seen as distinct but integrated. No one sphere can rightfully dominate the others, as in the materialist or poststructuralist domination of the subject. Because consciousness cannot be explained by sensory or mental empiricism, no theory like poststructuralism or postmodernism can effectively call into question something still beyond third-person, consensual understanding. What integrates these domains is not language or reason but consciousness, understood as the all-pervasive ground of knowledge. Access to this ground is enhanced by aesthetic experience and by certain postmodern cultural acts, as the second part of the book demonstrates.

William S. Haney II, a University of California, Davis, Ph. D., is professor of English and has taught at the University of Maryland, the Johannes Gutenberg University is Mainz, Germany, and Eastern Mediteranean University, North Cyprus. His books and edited collections focus on contemporary British and American literature and culture, often from a consciousness studies perspective. They include Humanism and the Humanities in the Twenty-first Century (BUP), co-edited with Peter Malekin. He is currently working on two book projects: Sacred Theater (co-authored), and Cybercultures, Cyborgs, and Consciousness.

Preface

Culture and Consciousness Argues That the Vast Interdisciplinary boom in consciousness research has enormous implications for literary and cultural studies, and that the potential benefits of this research in the twenty-first century are momentous and "will be ignored at our great peril" - to repeat Howard Mancing's words regarding cognitive science (1999,167). My objective in this book is to show how consciousness studies can help us reassess our approach to key issues and the fundamental assumptions of contemporary theory and criticism. I indicate how major points of contention in the humanities can be elucidated through a perspective that accommodates the full range of mind and consciousness. Debates in recent theory surrounding the two basic questions about identity and truth-whether they are given or made, individual or social-cannot be resolved solely on the basis of the mind or reason, which is a fragmentary and partial content of consciousness.

My argument unfolds in eight chapters, the first three theoretical and the others largely applied. In the first three chapters I lay the foundations for a definition of intersubjectivity that includes yet goes beyond Habermas's idea of an interaction mediated by language and resulting in mutual understanding and agreement (1987, 294-326). In chapters 4 to 8 I apply the notion of intersubjectivity to the reading of specific works of literature. Chapter 1 traces the history of modern research into consciousness and indicates how the theory and praxis of consciousness in the East can provide a model or the cooperation scientists propose between phenomenology and cognitive science. It explains that the Western mind and body comprise the material building b locks of experience as distinct from consciousness (Purusha or Atman). Chapter 2 compares the views of the self formulated by modern literary theory and Shankara's Advaita (nondual) Vedanta, and suggests that the reconditioning of the mind and disburdening of the personality in postmodern culture can induce something akin to the empting of consciousness describe by Vedanta. This process can be seen operating in supermo-dernity as defined by Marc Auge and in cultural hybridity as defined by Homi Bhabha-both of which are forms of intersubjectivity. Supporting these observations, chapter 3 compares Indian literary theory and deconstruction, illustrating how both approaches point to the silent meaning of an aesthetic work. This meaning, which reception theorists describe in terms of ostranenie (Shklovsky), verfremdung (Brecht), and gaps (Iser), is attainable as the mind expands towards what Indian aesthetics describes as the transpersonal, transcultural state of witnessing awareness.

Chapter 4, which is pivotal in defining intersubjectivity as an unmediated subject-to-subject communication, should be read before the ensuing chapters. It argues that social drama and stage drama increasingly interpenetrate with the effect that an aesthetics of presence complements and even embraces our everyday experience within a intersubjective unity of differences. Chapter 5 examines how the plays of Beckett and Pinter, in dramatizing the relative, nonuniversal nature of the mind as conceptual content, have the performative effect of expanding the subject's awareness beyond conceptuality altogether. These plays give performers and audience a taste of intersubjective presence after discursive thought has run its course. In chapter 6 I explore how disturbing memories in Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five can drive the protagonist and reader toward lashes of being-the pure awareness underlying the social construction of the self and the basis of interconnectedness. Shifting from an historical to a virtual context in chapter 7, I demonstrate how the postindustrial environment-as-electronic-medium in De Lillo's white Noise swings our awareness from the physical to the metaphysical, from temporal boundaries to the aestheticized reality of cyberspace. This move takes us from object awareness (mind) to a virtual intersubjectivity. Finally in chapter 8 I bring the above issues to bear in the analysis of the relation between intersubjectivity and the human-machine interface. I conclude that a true intersubjectivity involves the human attributes of volition and ethics, that these attributes are not explainable by any presently known physical laws, and that the posthuman "man-machine" as a material construct may not have access to the full range of intersubjectivity.

The freeplay of postmodern culture with its conceptual indeterminacy and lack of depth can help to free awareness from its objects by allowing attention to slip into the spaces between the mind's conceptual content. This slippage is promoted by intersubjectivity, a process of "relating to the other," whether the other is a human being, a creative inspiration, or a work of art. I suggest that at a certain level the duality of self and other is overcome in an experience of unity. To support this claim, the first part of the book indicates how all knowledge domains-sensory, mental, and contemplative-can be seen as distinct yet integrated. No one sphere can rightfully dominate the others, as in the attempted poststructuralist domination of the subject. That which integrates these domains ultimately is not language or reason but consciousness, the all-pervasive ground of knowledge. Access to this ground is enhanced by aesthetic experience and by certain postmodern cultural activities. Because consciousness cannot be explained by sensory or mental empiricism, no theory like poststructuralism can effectively call into question something still beyond our consensual, third-person understanding.

CONTENTS
Preface7
Acknowledgments11
1The Science of Mind, Consciousness, and Literary Studies15
2Models of the Self46
3Deconstruction, Indian Literary Theory, and Consciousness67
4Intersubjective Phenomenology and Performance89
5Postmodernism and the Drama of Consciousness105
6Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-five: Shell Shock or Hysteria126
7Delillo's Slaughterhouse-Five: Shell Shock or Hysteria126
8Ethics, Free Will, and Consciousness: Reading Philip K. Dick and Stanislaw Lem156
Conclusion174
Notes177
Bibliography181
Index193

Culture and Consciousness Literature Regained

Item Code:
IDJ337
Cover:
Hardcover
Edition:
2006
Publisher:
Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Private Limited
ISBN:
8120827554
Size:
8.6 X 5.6"
Pages:
197
Price:
$30.00   Shipping Free
Add to Wishlist
Send as e-card
Send as free online greeting card
Culture and Consciousness Literature Regained

Verify the characters on the left

From:
Edit     
You will be informed as and when your card is viewed. Please note that your card will be active in the system for 30 days.

Viewed 3386 times since 2nd Oct, 2008
From the Jacket

Culture and Consciousness argues that the vast interdisciplinary boom in consciousness research has enormous implications for literary and cultural studies, and that the potential benefits of this research in the twenty-first century are momentous. Its objective is to show how consciousness studies can help us reassess our approach to key issues and the Fundamental assumptions of contemporary theory and criticism. In eight chapters, the first three theoretical and the others largely applied, major points of contention in the humanities are explored through a perspective that accommodates the full range of mind and consciousness. Haney demonstrates that the debates in theory surrounding the questions of identity, truth, and language, which have so far eluded the mind or reason, cannot be resolved without recourse to the structure of consciousness and intersubjectivity-an interaction mediated by language and resulting in mutual agreement. Chapters four to eight apply the notion of intersubjectivity to the reading of specific works.

A key implication of this book is that questions in literary and cultural theory concerning binaries such as presence and absence, pattern and randomness, the given and the made, the individual and the collective will continue to elude the mind as a reservoir of rational thought. We can only begin to understand these issues by taking into consideration the difference between mind and consciousness. The free play of postmodern culture with its conceptual indeterminacy and lack of depth can help to free awareness from the phenomenal objects of the mind by allowing attention to slip into the spaces between these objects. This slippage is promoted by intersubjectivity, a process of relating to the other," whether the other is a human being, a creative inspiration, or a work of art. Hancy contends that at a certain level the duality of self and other is overcome is an experience of unity. To support this claim, the first part of the book suggests how all knowledge domains-sensory, mental, and contemplative-can be seen as distinct but integrated. No one sphere can rightfully dominate the others, as in the materialist or poststructuralist domination of the subject. Because consciousness cannot be explained by sensory or mental empiricism, no theory like poststructuralism or postmodernism can effectively call into question something still beyond third-person, consensual understanding. What integrates these domains is not language or reason but consciousness, understood as the all-pervasive ground of knowledge. Access to this ground is enhanced by aesthetic experience and by certain postmodern cultural acts, as the second part of the book demonstrates.

William S. Haney II, a University of California, Davis, Ph. D., is professor of English and has taught at the University of Maryland, the Johannes Gutenberg University is Mainz, Germany, and Eastern Mediteranean University, North Cyprus. His books and edited collections focus on contemporary British and American literature and culture, often from a consciousness studies perspective. They include Humanism and the Humanities in the Twenty-first Century (BUP), co-edited with Peter Malekin. He is currently working on two book projects: Sacred Theater (co-authored), and Cybercultures, Cyborgs, and Consciousness.

Preface

Culture and Consciousness Argues That the Vast Interdisciplinary boom in consciousness research has enormous implications for literary and cultural studies, and that the potential benefits of this research in the twenty-first century are momentous and "will be ignored at our great peril" - to repeat Howard Mancing's words regarding cognitive science (1999,167). My objective in this book is to show how consciousness studies can help us reassess our approach to key issues and the fundamental assumptions of contemporary theory and criticism. I indicate how major points of contention in the humanities can be elucidated through a perspective that accommodates the full range of mind and consciousness. Debates in recent theory surrounding the two basic questions about identity and truth-whether they are given or made, individual or social-cannot be resolved solely on the basis of the mind or reason, which is a fragmentary and partial content of consciousness.

My argument unfolds in eight chapters, the first three theoretical and the others largely applied. In the first three chapters I lay the foundations for a definition of intersubjectivity that includes yet goes beyond Habermas's idea of an interaction mediated by language and resulting in mutual understanding and agreement (1987, 294-326). In chapters 4 to 8 I apply the notion of intersubjectivity to the reading of specific works of literature. Chapter 1 traces the history of modern research into consciousness and indicates how the theory and praxis of consciousness in the East can provide a model or the cooperation scientists propose between phenomenology and cognitive science. It explains that the Western mind and body comprise the material building b locks of experience as distinct from consciousness (Purusha or Atman). Chapter 2 compares the views of the self formulated by modern literary theory and Shankara's Advaita (nondual) Vedanta, and suggests that the reconditioning of the mind and disburdening of the personality in postmodern culture can induce something akin to the empting of consciousness describe by Vedanta. This process can be seen operating in supermo-dernity as defined by Marc Auge and in cultural hybridity as defined by Homi Bhabha-both of which are forms of intersubjectivity. Supporting these observations, chapter 3 compares Indian literary theory and deconstruction, illustrating how both approaches point to the silent meaning of an aesthetic work. This meaning, which reception theorists describe in terms of ostranenie (Shklovsky), verfremdung (Brecht), and gaps (Iser), is attainable as the mind expands towards what Indian aesthetics describes as the transpersonal, transcultural state of witnessing awareness.

Chapter 4, which is pivotal in defining intersubjectivity as an unmediated subject-to-subject communication, should be read before the ensuing chapters. It argues that social drama and stage drama increasingly interpenetrate with the effect that an aesthetics of presence complements and even embraces our everyday experience within a intersubjective unity of differences. Chapter 5 examines how the plays of Beckett and Pinter, in dramatizing the relative, nonuniversal nature of the mind as conceptual content, have the performative effect of expanding the subject's awareness beyond conceptuality altogether. These plays give performers and audience a taste of intersubjective presence after discursive thought has run its course. In chapter 6 I explore how disturbing memories in Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five can drive the protagonist and reader toward lashes of being-the pure awareness underlying the social construction of the self and the basis of interconnectedness. Shifting from an historical to a virtual context in chapter 7, I demonstrate how the postindustrial environment-as-electronic-medium in De Lillo's white Noise swings our awareness from the physical to the metaphysical, from temporal boundaries to the aestheticized reality of cyberspace. This move takes us from object awareness (mind) to a virtual intersubjectivity. Finally in chapter 8 I bring the above issues to bear in the analysis of the relation between intersubjectivity and the human-machine interface. I conclude that a true intersubjectivity involves the human attributes of volition and ethics, that these attributes are not explainable by any presently known physical laws, and that the posthuman "man-machine" as a material construct may not have access to the full range of intersubjectivity.

The freeplay of postmodern culture with its conceptual indeterminacy and lack of depth can help to free awareness from its objects by allowing attention to slip into the spaces between the mind's conceptual content. This slippage is promoted by intersubjectivity, a process of "relating to the other," whether the other is a human being, a creative inspiration, or a work of art. I suggest that at a certain level the duality of self and other is overcome in an experience of unity. To support this claim, the first part of the book indicates how all knowledge domains-sensory, mental, and contemplative-can be seen as distinct yet integrated. No one sphere can rightfully dominate the others, as in the attempted poststructuralist domination of the subject. That which integrates these domains ultimately is not language or reason but consciousness, the all-pervasive ground of knowledge. Access to this ground is enhanced by aesthetic experience and by certain postmodern cultural activities. Because consciousness cannot be explained by sensory or mental empiricism, no theory like poststructuralism can effectively call into question something still beyond our consensual, third-person understanding.

CONTENTS
Preface7
Acknowledgments11
1The Science of Mind, Consciousness, and Literary Studies15
2Models of the Self46
3Deconstruction, Indian Literary Theory, and Consciousness67
4Intersubjective Phenomenology and Performance89
5Postmodernism and the Drama of Consciousness105
6Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-five: Shell Shock or Hysteria126
7Delillo's Slaughterhouse-Five: Shell Shock or Hysteria126
8Ethics, Free Will, and Consciousness: Reading Philip K. Dick and Stanislaw Lem156
Conclusion174
Notes177
Bibliography181
Index193
Post a Comment
 
Post Review
Post a Query
For privacy concerns, please view our Privacy Policy

Related Items

RABINDRANATH TAGORE AND PATRICK GEDDES: The Ecological Cultural Visionaries
by Arunendu Banerjee
Hardcover (Edition: 2005)
The Asiatic Society
Item Code: IDF984
$22.50
Advaita Vedanta: History of Science, Philosophy and Culture in Indian Civilization
by R. Balasubramanian
Hardcover (Edition: 2010)
Center for Studies in Civilizations
Item Code: NAD329
$75.00
Time in Indian Culture –Diverse Perspectives
by PriyadarshiPatnaik, Suhita Chopra Chatterjee, Damodar Suar
Hardcover (Edition: 2009)
D. K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Item Code: IHF063
$31.00
Aestheticians: Cultural Leaders of India
Paperback (Edition: 2013)
Publications Division, Government of India
Item Code: IDE221
$15.00
Culture and Modernity (Historical Explorations)
by K.N. Ganesh
Paperback (Edition: 2004)
Publication Division University of Calicut
Item Code: NAH463
$20.00
Work Culture and Efficiency (With Special Reference to Indriyas)
by Prof. M.L. Narasimha Murthy, and Dr. Rani Sadasiva Murty
Hardcover (Edition: 2004)
Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha
Item Code: IDK880
$27.50
The Cultural Heritage of India (Volume III - The Philosophies)
by Ed. Haridas Bhattacharyya
Hardcover (Edition: 2000)
The Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture Kolkata
Item Code: IDE596
$45.00
The Science of Emotion's Culture (Bhakti Yoga)
by Dr. H. R. Nagendra
Paperback (Edition: 2012)
Swami Vivekananda Yoga Prakashana
Item Code: IDF702
$18.50
States of Sentiment (Exploring the Cultures of Emotion)
by Shiv Visvanathan
Hardcover (Edition: 2011)
Orient Blackswan Pvt. Ltd
Item Code: NAF837
$35.00
The Indian Night: Sleep and Dreams In Indian Culture (Conquering the Internal Nature)
by Claudine Bautze Picron
Paperback (Edition: 2009)
Rupa Publication Pvt. Ltd.
Item Code: IHE037
$35.00
SOLD
Confucius (Ethics, Culture and Politics)
by Dr. Meeta Nath
Hardcover (Edition: 2011)
Vidyanidhi Prakashan, Delhi
Item Code: NAB944
$30.00
Kriya Yoga: The Scientific Process of Soul-Culture and The Essence of All Religions
by Paramahamsa Hariharananda
Hardcover (Edition: 2011)
Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Private Limited, Delhiq
Item Code: IDI720
$40.00

Testimonials

I'm so happy to have discovered your website. You've such a bountiful variety of lovely, fun, yet tasteful things. Your fair pricing and free shipping allowed me to get not only gifts for my mother, as well as my sister, I could afford to buy myself a beautiful gift too. Plus, you take PayPal, which is the ONLY way I pay online. I'm very blessed. Thank you, all.
Karen, Chicago
PERFECT DELIVERY OK
Alain, Belgium
The Krishna statue was delivered today afternoon. It's so beautiful...thank you so much. It's exactly what I wanted.
Dipti
Very satisfied with all the books I bought from Exotic India. Easy access and browsing, and prompt delivery. Thank you.
Alberto Garcia, Spain
Thank you kindly for your ceaseless and tireless work and service for the whole world interested in the immense realm of indian culture and more....the many so various and different items impresse me every time and again.
Silja, Switzerland
I wanted to let you know how much I appreciated your prompt shipping of my recent order of the Devi Mahatmyam. It made me so happy to receive it before Navratri ended! I am very grateful to have found your website. You have a fantastic selection of books and the prices are very reasonable.
Karen, USA
All of the shawls that I have purchased so far, have been lush and lovely. Thank you for selling such nice products in the USA.
Linda
I am delighted to confirm this is a trusted website to purchase from. I ordered on of the books which arrived in the UK within 10days. I did not use paypal and the transition from payment to delivery was smooth running, and I am impressed with the content and qualty of the book.
Lee-ann, London, UK
You have helped my sadhana in ways I could never imagine - Bless You.
J Kali Ananda Swami, USA
I have been buying several statues and things from Exotic India for years with my wife Roma Mukherjee Melrose. We really appreciate what we got from them. They are very polite, they have excellent customer satisfaction ratings from us and will go a long way to make customers happy with their very exotic quality products. Tom and Roma Melrose Colorado USA
Tom Melrose
TRUSTe online privacy certification
Language:
Currency:
All rights reserved. Copyright 2016 © Exotic India