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By Sharon Cameron

Philosophers have lengthy debated the themes of individual and personhood. Sharon Cameron ushers this debate into the literary realm by means of contemplating impersonality within the works of significant American writers and figures of foreign modernism—writers for whom own id is inconsequential or even imaginary. In essays on William Empson, Jonathan Edwards, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Herman Melville, T. S. Eliot, and Simone Weil, Cameron examines the impulse to hole out the center of human strong point, to build a voice that's no one’s voice, to type a personality with no significant attributes, a being that's nearly anonymous.

“To consent to being anonymous,” Weil wrote, “is to endure witness to the reality. yet how is that this appropriate with social existence and its labels?” all through those essays Cameron examines the friction, even violence, set in movement from such incompatibility—from a “truth” that has no social beginning. Impersonality investigates the uncompromising nature of writing that suspends, eclipses, or even destroys the individual as a social, political, or person entity, of writing that engages with own id in the interim whilst its ordinary markers vanish or dissolve.

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