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Misinterest

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ISBN: 9781950192298 9781950192304 Year: Pages: 166 DOI: 10.21983/P3.0256.1.00 Language: English
Publisher: punctum books
Subject: Psychology --- Social Sciences --- Languages and Literatures
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"The term “interest” lacks a precise antonym. In English, we have “disinterested” and “uninteresting,” but we want for a term that denotes robust opposition to interest. The same appears to hold true in every other language (as far as we know). Interest’s missing antonym reflects not merely a widespread lexical oversight, but a misrecognition of interest’s complete and exact meaning. More importantly, the idea that interest has no opposite expresses a certain refusal to acknowledge the power of the impulse to extinguish interest, for the self and for others. Why then do we foreclose interest’s possibility, degrade our (and others’) capacities to experience interest, and destroy interest’s objects? Why do we decline what interest proffers — which includes creative and subjective being, thinking, and relating — in favor of more primitive modes of survival, thoughtlessness, and nonbeing? Why do relationships — with ourselves, with others, with objects — toward which genuine interest draws us seem sometimes, if not often, unbearable? These questions are difficult. Their answers, even more so. Misinterest: Essays, Pensées, and Dreams attempts to approach them in an honest way, without making them fascinating, mysterious, boring, obscurantist, or fascinatingly mysteriously boringly obscurantist. Outwardly, Misinterest is concerned with dreams and forgetting and Eros and soaring dogs and groups and suicidal suburban teenagers and sex and jury duty and Nazis and fathers and hatred and holy parrots and fundamentalists and plagues and other things that may or may not be interesting. Ultimately, however, it seeks, like Jules Renard, “en restant exact” (in remaining true/real), to shed light on the establishment of misinterest, missingness, and mystery where and when they need not be, and, thus, on the psychic, familial, and political forces that compel us not to be when and where we ought."

Tremefacta quies (Ach. 1, 242): “spazi di transito” nella Tebaide di Stazio e nei Punica di Silio Italico

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Book Series: Testi. Antichità, Medioevo e Umanesimo ISBN: 9788868870621 Year: Pages: 260 DOI: 10.6093/978-88-6887-062-1 Language: Italian
Publisher: FedOA - Federico II University Press
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[Italiano]:Nel ricco campo di studi sull’epica flavia, “Tremefacta quies. Spazi di transito in Stazio e Silio Italico” ha preso le mosse dalla vena di sensibilità postmoderna di testi che parlano pure al nostro orizzonte presente di cultori e cultrici di letteratura e psicoanalisi, testimoni di conflitti (e l’epica flavia è anche una macroscopica narrazione di conflitti). Tra i due autori la ricerca sviluppa il tema del sonno come transito e ossimoro, tra sonno e morte, insonnia, sogni e presagi. Svolgendo un percorso sistematico che mette al centro i testi, l’approccio filologico si apre ad ampi inserti narrativi e insieme alla messa a fuoco di una poetica di sonno/insonnia. Gli spazi di transito vengono a fuoco quindi nello studio di due traduzioni siliane dell’800, translation dei Punica all’interno della cultura classicista coeva a sfondo patriottico./ [English]: This research is built on three different topics, which are interwoven ("spazi di transito"). The first one deals with sleep, sleeplesness and dreams in Statius' Thebaid; secondly, Silius Italicus' treatment of the same themes are analyzed; thirdly, Onorato Occioni's translation of Punica 1 in 'endecasillabi sciolti' in XIXth Century in Italy are compared to the translation by Cesare Beligoni, with the conclusion of a certain amount of plagiarism. It is an original study, text-oriented and innovative, which gives a contribution to the rich scenario of Flavian studies worldwide.

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