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Anonymous LifeRomanticism and Dispossession$
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Jacques Khalip

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780804758406

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804758406.001.0001

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Introduction “Rien Faire Comme Une Bête”: Of Anonymity and Obligation

Introduction “Rien Faire Comme Une Bête”: Of Anonymity and Obligation

(p.1) Introduction “Rien Faire Comme Une Bête”: Of Anonymity and Obligation
Anonymous Life
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This introductory chapter lays out the theoretical foundations of the present study, which reconsiders romanticism through the concept of anonymity in order to claim that, not only have we yet to fully account for the theoretical complexity of the period's explorations of subjectivity, but the notion of anonymity is a pervasive topic of romanticism: it provokes profound engagements with the ethics and aesthetics of alterity; it rethinks political questions and theories of action which emerge once the romantic subject loses its privileged locus as a “will to power”; and it becomes a site of discord and difference.

Keywords:   romanticism, anonymity, subjectivity, alterity, discord, difference

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