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Without Mastery: Reading and Other Forces

Sarah Wood


Masterful thinking – characterised by belief in what Freud called ‘omnipotence of thoughts’ – has left the Earth in environmental crisis and the university in ruins. This book turns to literature, philosophy, psychoanalysis and film for the words, sentences, ideas, characters, gestures, tropes, states of mind and of body that might loosen the grip of an unfortunate mastery and open up other, more inventive forms of relation and connection. Reading, writing, watching films and listening to music can shake us into thinking beyond the limitations of what is given to us as contemporary reality. Re ... More

Keywords: mastery, deconstruction, literature, climate change, Derrida, Freud, Cixous, thinking, creative criticism, the university in ruins

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780748669974
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748669974.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sarah Wood, author
University of Kent