A Short Residence in Sweden & Memoirs of the Author of 'The by Mary Wollstonecraft, William Godwin

By Mary Wollstonecraft, William Godwin

In those heavily associated works - a go back and forth e-book and a biography of its writer - we witness a relocating come across among of the main bold and unique minds of the past due eighteenth century: a brief place of dwelling in Sweden is the checklist of Wollstonecraft's final trip looking for happiness, into the distant and gorgeous backwoods of Scandinavia. the hunt for a misplaced treasure send, the soreness of a wrecked love affair, thoughts of the French Revolution, and the eager for a few Golden Age, all form this bright narrative, which Richard Holmes argues is among the overlooked masterpieces of early English Romanticism.

Memoirs is Godwin's personal account of Wollstonecraft's existence, written with passionate depth a couple of weeks after her tragic dying. Casting apart literary conference, Godwin creates an intimate portrait of his spouse, startling in its candour and mental fact. obtained with outrage through buddies and critics alike, and nearly suppressed for a century, it may possibly now be famous as one of many landmarks within the improvement of contemporary biography.

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The first is a picture in which we have an inner depth and authenticity that the outer (in this case, the flesh rather than our speech-acts) must represent. This is a model of the self in general (selves as objects with an inner essence) and also of each self in particular (myself as a person with a unique character to which I should be true). As I show, in their different ways both Wittgenstein and Foucault challenge this picture, the former primarily through his so-called private language argument, and the latter through his genealogical method.

Leder briefly considers what he calls “social dys-appearance,” which is “effected by the incorporated gaze of the Other” (96). “Affective disturbance”—not just organic dysfunction—may bring the body to awareness. He uses the example of anxiety precipitated by speaking to a conference crowd: “in this case, my anxiety was first stimulated by the hundreds of pairs of eyes focused upon me. My self-awareness in the face of this Gaze led to nervousness and consequent bodily symptoms . . Conversely, thematizing the body can itself bring about dysfunction” (85; emphasis mine).

Foucault identifies three defining features of disciplinary power in its early historical formation that make this type of contemporary preoccupation possible. First, hierarchical observation is “an apparatus in which the techniques that make it possible to see induce effects of power, and in which, conversely, the means of coercion make those on whom they are applied clearly visible” (DP 170–71). The increasingly precise surveillance that was a product both of a novel architecture organized around institutional function, and of the new types of mutual scrutiny between members of institutions it facilitated, allowed disciplinary power to become an integrated system in which power functions anonymously and no longer requires overt force to have its effects (DP 172–77).

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