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Carnival, Hysteria, and Writing: Collected Essays and Autobiography Allon White

Carnival, Hysteria, and Writing: Collected Essays and Autobiography

Allon White

Published June 1st 1993
ISBN : 9780198122876
Paperback
456 pages
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Before his death from leukaemia at the age of 37, Allon White had become known as one of the most important literary and cultural critics of his generation. Carnival, Hysteria, and Writing represents a summation of the work which, as Stuart HallMoreBefore his death from leukaemia at the age of 37, Allon White had become known as one of the most important literary and cultural critics of his generation. Carnival, Hysteria, and Writing represents a summation of the work which, as Stuart Hall explains in an extended introduction, transformed cultural studies in the 1980s. Allon Whites central concerns - with writing, carnival, the body, hysteria, and memory - recur with differing inflections in the pieces collected here. Wide-ranging in scope, the essays move with fluency from an analysis of the work of Julia Kristeva to a discussion of language and location in Dickenss Bleak House, from a Thomas Pynchon short story to the seriousness of academic language. Other pieces deal with Gilles Deleuze and Francis Bacon, and with Mikhail Bakhtin, a major influence on Allon Whites thinking. Included too is the poignant autobiographical fragment, Too Close to the Bone. An Afterword by Jacqueline Rose deals with the links between theory and autobiography, between the academic and personal writings in the book. A memorial to Allon Whites life and work, Carnival, Hysteria, and Writing will be essential reading for all working within literary and cultural studies.