The Right to Narcissism: A Case for an Im-possible Self-love

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Fordham University Press, 2013 - Literary Criticism - 192 pages
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This book aims to wrest the concept of narcissism from its common and pejorative meanings-- egoism and vanity--by revealing its complexity and importance. DeArmitt undertakes the work of rehabilitating "narcissism" by patiently reexamining the terms and figures that have been associated with it, especially in the writings of Rousseau, Kristeva, and Derrida.

These thinkers are known for incisively exposing a certain (traditional) narcissism that has been operative in Western thought and culture and for revealing the violence it has wrought-- from the dangers of amour-propre and the pathology of a collective "one's own" to the phantasm of the sovereign One. Nonetheless, each of these thinkers denounces the naive denunciation of "narcissism," as the dangers of a non-negotiation with narcissism are more perilous. By rethinking "narcissism" as a complex structure of self-relation through the Other, the book reveals the necessity of an im-possible self-love.

 

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Contents

The Right to Narcissism?
1
The Passions of Narcissus
15
The Rebirth of Narcissus
51
The Mourning of Narcissus
89
Afterword NarcissismBy What Right?
139
Notes
141
Bibliography
177
Index
187
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Pleshette DeArmitt is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Memphis. She is co-editor of Sarah Kofman's Corpus.

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