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p. 1098. Identity, identification, and the subjectlocked

  • Jonathan Culler


‘Identity, identification and the subject’ examines the debate in literary and cultural theory concerning the identity and function of the subject or self. Two basic questions underlie modern thinking here: first, is the self something given or something made and, second, should it be conceived in individual or in social terms? The dominant modern tradition in the study of literature has treated the individuality of the individual as something given, a core expressed in word and deed and an explanation for action. ‘Theory’ has contested not just this model of expression, where acts or words work by expressing a prior subject, but also the priority of the subject itself.

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