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The Resource Tough enough : Arbus, Arendt, Didion, McCarthy, Sontag, Weil, Deborah Nelson

Tough enough : Arbus, Arendt, Didion, McCarthy, Sontag, Weil, Deborah Nelson

Label
Tough enough : Arbus, Arendt, Didion, McCarthy, Sontag, Weil
Title
Tough enough
Title remainder
Arbus, Arendt, Didion, McCarthy, Sontag, Weil
Statement of responsibility
Deborah Nelson
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
This book focuses on six brilliant women who are often seen as particularly tough-minded: Simone Weil, Hannah Arendt, Mary McCarthy, Susan Sontag, Diane Arbus, and Joan Didion. Aligned with no single tradition, they escape straightforward categories. Yet their work evinces an affinity of style and philosophical viewpoint that derives from a shared attitude toward suffering. What Mary McCarthy called a "cold eye" was not merely a personal aversion to displays of emotion: it was an unsentimental mode of attention that dictated both ethical positions and aesthetic approaches. 'Tough Enough' traces the careers of these women and their challenges to the pre-eminence of empathy as 'the' ethical posture from which to examine pain. Their writing and art reveal an adamant belief that the hurts of the world must be treated concretely, directly, and realistically, without recourse to either melodrama or callousness. As Deborah Nelson shows, this stance offers an important counter-tradition to the common postwar poles of emotional expressivity on the one hand and cool irony on the other. Ultimately, in its insistence on facing reality without consolation or compensation, this austere "school of the unsentimental" offers new ways to approach suffering in both its spectacular forms and all of its ordinariness
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
ICU/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1962-
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Nelson, Deborah
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Weil, Simone
  • Arendt, Hannah
  • Sontag, Susan
  • MacCarthy, Mary
  • Arbus, Diane
  • Didion, Joan
  • Arbus, Diane
  • Arendt, Hannah
  • Didion, Joan
  • MacCarthy, Mary
  • Sontag, Susan
  • Weil, Simone
  • Toughness (Personality trait)
  • Aesthetics
  • Suffering in literature
  • Suffering in art
  • Aesthetics
  • Suffering in art
  • Suffering in literature
  • Toughness (Personality trait)
Label
Tough enough : Arbus, Arendt, Didion, McCarthy, Sontag, Weil, Deborah Nelson
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: tough enough -- Simone Weil: thinking tragically in the age of trauma -- Hannah Arendt: irony and atrocity -- Mary McCarthy: the aesthetic of the fact -- Susan Sontag: an-aesthetics and agency -- Diane Arbus: a feeling for the camera -- Joan Didion: the question of self-pity
Control code
958780855
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
208 pages
Isbn
9780226457802
Lccn
2016054300
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)958780855
Label
Tough enough : Arbus, Arendt, Didion, McCarthy, Sontag, Weil, Deborah Nelson
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: tough enough -- Simone Weil: thinking tragically in the age of trauma -- Hannah Arendt: irony and atrocity -- Mary McCarthy: the aesthetic of the fact -- Susan Sontag: an-aesthetics and agency -- Diane Arbus: a feeling for the camera -- Joan Didion: the question of self-pity
Control code
958780855
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
208 pages
Isbn
9780226457802
Lccn
2016054300
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)958780855

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