Biography as Exorcism of the Subversive Other: Samuel Johnson's Life of Savage
|Keywords:||姜生;薩維吉傳;腐化論;金融革命;惡母親的修辭;傳記;符號持續重組;添補邏輯;機器神;照鏡效果;文本化;Samuel Johnson;Life of Savage;biography;discourse of corruption;financial revolution;semiosis;logic of supplementarity;mirror effect;exorcism||Issue Date:||Sep-2007||Source:||中外文學||Start page/Pages:||133-170||Abstract:||
The essay is a project of reinterpreting Samuel Johnson's Life of Savage. The project attempts to reread the biography in a historical context of social and cultural instability, in which changes in various aspects of life caused discursive wars between the stench defenders of long established values and institutions and the enthusiastic progressive champions of the newly innovated. The reading is to be conducted in light of concepts, such as semiosis, and the logic of supplementarity. It is expected that the reading will bring new light to the fundamental conflicts at issue in the discursive wars, and demonstrate how Johnson employed “biography” as a discursive strategy of exorcism for the benefit of his middling readers in a world in which values had become alarmingly fluid.
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