Thursday, October 31, 2013

A "peculiarly modern preoccupation"...identity...a new book

Martha C. Nussbaum wrote...

Peter Brooks has written a splendid meditation on the search for the self: erudite, illuminating, and eloquent. He shows how this search leads to an obsessive focus on markers of identity and stories of imposture. Rousseau, Balzac, Stendhal, Proust, and Freud are central interlocutors, but Brooks makes reference to a wide range of other texts, and deftly weaves developments in U.S. law into his discussion.

Enigmas of Identity


Peter Brooks

ISBN-10: 069115158X
ISBN-13: 978-0691151588

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