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Subjectivity and Transgression

Jonathan Dollimore

in Sexual Dissidence

Published in print August 1991 | ISBN: 9780198112259
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670732 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112259.003.0018
Subjectivity and Transgression

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This chapter explores how in the post-modern period, issues of transgression and subjectivity are inextricably bound together. The same is true of the earlier period, but with important differences which are often disregarded. In English studies especially the modern and the early modern have been erroneously conflated. In particular, essentialist conceptions of the self which took effective hold only in the Enlightenment, then subsequently developed within Romanticism and modernism, have been retrospectively read into the early modern period. There are far-reaching differences between early modern metaphysics and post-structuralism. The link between subjectivity and subjection, which for the (political) post-modernist has to be disclosed before it can be disarticulated, is, by comparison, both assumed and manifestly endorsed in the Renaissance. The chapter also discusses the Cartesian cogito according to Saint Augustine, René Descartes, and Jacques Lacan.

Keywords: transgression; subjectivity; metaphysics; modernism; Saint Augustine; René Descartes; Jacques Lacan

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