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Author Ritivoi, Andreea Deciu, 1970- author.

Title Intimate strangers : Arendt, Marcuse, Solzhenitsyn, and Said in American political discourse / Andreea Deciu Ritivoi.

Publication Info. New York : Columbia University Press, [2014]


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 Manchester, Main Library - Non Fiction  320.973 RITIVOI    Check Shelf
Description xii, 304 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents The stranger persona -- Hannah Arendt : the thinker and the American republic -- Herbert Marcuse's German revolution in America -- Cold war prophesies : Alexander Solzhenitsyn and mythological America -- Edward Said and the clash of identities -- Conclusion : friendship with strangers.
Summary "Hannah Arendt, Herbert Marcuse, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, and Edward Said each steered major intellectual and political schools of thought in American political discourse after World War II, yet none of them was American, which proved crucial to their ways of arguing and reasoning both in and out of the American context. In an effort to convince their audiences they were American enough, these thinkers deployed deft rhetorical strategies that made their cosmopolitanism feel acceptable, inspiring radical new approaches to longstanding problems in American politics. Speaking like natives, they also exploited their foreignness to entice listeners to embrace alternative modes of thought. Intimate Strangers unpacks this "stranger ethos," a blend of detachment and involvement that manifested in the persona of a prophet for Solzhenitsyn, an impartial observer for Arendt, a mentor for Marcuse, and a victim for Said. Yet despite its many successes, the stranger ethos did alienate many audiences, and critics continue to dismiss these thinkers not for their positions but because of their foreign point of view. This book encourages readers to reject this kind of critical xenophobia, throwing support behind a political discourse that accounts for the ideals of citizens and noncitizens alike." -- Publisher's description.
Subject Arendt, Hannah, 1906-1975 -- Influence.
Marcuse, Herbert, 1898-1979 -- Influence.
Solzhenit︠s︡yn, Aleksandr Isaevich, 1918-2008 -- Influence.
Said, Edward W. -- Influence.
Arendt, Hannah, 1906-1975. (OCoLC)fst01427224
Marcuse, Herbert, 1898-1979. (OCoLC)fst00060911
Said, Edward W. (OCoLC)fst00035281
Solzhenit︠s︡yn, Aleksandr Isaevich, 1918-2008. (OCoLC)fst01716925
Chronological Term 1900 - 1999
Subject Arendt, Hannah, 1906-1975. (NL-LeOCL)068394659
Politics and culture -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Marcuse, H. (Herbert), 1898-1979. (NL-LeOCL)068403933
Intellectuals -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Solženicyn, Aleksandr (Aleksandr Isaevič), 1918-2008. (NL-LeOCL)068219032
Rhetoric -- Political aspects -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.) (OCoLC)fst00972484
Intellectual life. (OCoLC)fst00975769
Intellectuals. (OCoLC)fst00975799
Politics and culture. (OCoLC)fst01069952
Rhetoric -- Political aspects. (OCoLC)fst01096959
Said, Edward (Edward William), 1935-2003. (NL-LeOCL)068749244
United States -- Intellectual life -- 20th century.
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
United States. (NL-LeOCL)078939836
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
ISBN 9780231168687 (cloth: alkaline paper)
0231168683 (cloth: alkaline paper)
9780231537919 (e-book)
Standard No. 40024021335
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