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Indifferent Boundaries: Spatial Concepts of Human Subjectivity (Mappings)

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A provocative and illuminating work, Indifferent Boundaries explores the ways that concepts of subjectivity are vitally grounded in metaphors of and assumptions about space. Kathleen Kirby demonstrates how changes that have taken place in real and conceptual space from the Renaissance to the postmodern era have led to a critical rearticulation of the subject by feminist, psychoanalytic, and poststructuralist theorists, among others. Tracing changing ideas about the self--from the stable form of the Enlightenment individual to the postmodern sujet en proc's appraises both the liberatory possibilities and the everyday cultural implications of the contemporary space of the subject. This tenacious and substantive investigation of the lexicon of space sheds much needed light in previously dark corners of the poststructuralist edifice, and is certain to appeal to a broad, interdisciplinary audience.

The volume opens with a discussion of the proliferation of spatial language in current theoretical discourse. Kirby highlights the reformative powers of representation, proposing that the recent emphasis on space results from the praxis-oriented attempt of theory to reconcile the realms of language and reality. Elegantly reasoned chapters cover topics including:

* Feminist theory and the politics of location

* Renaissance versus postmodern practices of mapping

* Freudian subjectivity and the twentieth century deterioration of space

* Poststructural philosophy and the reconfiguration of the subject

* The physical and psychic contours of gendered subjectivity

Throughout, Kirby critically evaluates the cultural implications of varying representations of subjectivity, skillfully navigating the increasingly permeable boundary between the individual self and the shared social and political landscape.

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Discusses domain decomposition algorithms, their implementation and analysis, the relationship between domain decomposition and multigrid methods, and the implementation of domain decomposition methods on massively parallel super-computers. Addressing non- specialist engineers and scientists, assumes only multivariable calculus and linear algebra, and a basic understanding of finite element discretizations and the iterative solution of linear systems.
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Synopsis:

What does it mean to talk about subjectivity in the language of space, and what are the political implications of doing so? A provocative and illuminating work, Indifferent Boundaries explores the ways that concepts of subjectivity are vitally grounded in metaphors of and assumptions about space. Kathleen Kirby demonstrates how changes that have taken place in real and conceptual space from the Renaissance to the postmodern era have led to a critical rearticulation of the subject by feminist, psychoanalytic, and poststructuralist theorists, among others. Tracing changing ideas about the self--from the stable form of the Enlightenment individual to the postmodern sujet en procès--Kirby appraises both the liberatory possibilities and the everyday cultural implications of the contemporary "space of the subject." This tenacious and substantive investigation of the lexicon of space sheds much needed light in previously dark corners of the poststructuralist edifice, and is certain to appeal to a broad, interdisciplinary audience.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 155-162) and index.

About the Author

Kathleen Kirby graduated from the Modern Studies program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1992. She has taught English and Women's Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Syracuse University, and the University of New Hampshire. Her articles on space, politics and subjectivity have been published in New Orleans Review, American Imago, and boundary 2. She currently lives, writes, and works in New Hampshire.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780898625721
Author:
Kirby, Kathleen M., Ph.D.
Publisher:
Guilford Publications
Author:
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Author:
rby, Kathleen M.
Author:
Kirby, Kathleen M., Ph.D.
Author:
Kirby, Kathleen M.
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Interpersonal Relations
Subject:
Government and political science
Subject:
Political science
Subject:
Mind & Body
Subject:
Human Geography
Subject:
Space and time
Subject:
Feminist theory
Subject:
Subjectivity
Subject:
Psychoanalysis and philosophy
Subject:
Personal space
Subject:
Political science -- Philosophy.
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Mappings: Society/Theory/Space
Publication Date:
19951231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
169
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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What does it mean to talk about subjectivity in the language of space, and what are the political implications of doing so? A provocative and illuminating work, Indifferent Boundaries explores the ways that concepts of subjectivity are vitally grounded in metaphors of and assumptions about space. Kathleen Kirby demonstrates how changes that have taken place in real and conceptual space from the Renaissance to the postmodern era have led to a critical rearticulation of the subject by feminist, psychoanalytic, and poststructuralist theorists, among others. Tracing changing ideas about the self--from the stable form of the Enlightenment individual to the postmodern sujet en procès--Kirby appraises both the liberatory possibilities and the everyday cultural implications of the contemporary "space of the subject." This tenacious and substantive investigation of the lexicon of space sheds much needed light in previously dark corners of the poststructuralist edifice, and is certain to appeal to a broad, interdisciplinary audience.

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