The Cult of the Ego: The Self in Modern Literature

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Goethe once remarked that -every emancipation of the spirit is pernicious unless there is a corresponding growth of control.- This remark may be taken as a motto for Eugene Goodheart's study of an aspect of the cultural history of the past two hundred years. In separate chapters on Rousseau, Stendhal, Goethe and Carlyle, Dostoevsky, Whitman, Lawrence, and Joyce, Goodheart discovers a community of concern which he calls the cult of the ego. All these writers examined here in one way or another deal with -the emancipation of ...

The Cult of the Ego: The Self in Modern Literature 2005, Routledge, New Brunswick, NJ

ISBN-13: 9781412804813

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