Cloth $35.00 ISBN: 9780226894812 Published September 2001
Paper $26.00 ISBN: 9780226894805 Published April 2003

The Edge of Meaning

James Boyd White

The Edge of Meaning
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James Boyd White

296 pages | 10 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2001
Cloth $35.00 ISBN: 9780226894812 Published September 2001
Paper $26.00 ISBN: 9780226894805 Published April 2003
Certain questions are basic to the human condition: how we imagine the world, and ourselves and others within it; how we confront the constraints of language and the limits of our own minds; and how we use imagination to give meaning to past experiences and to shape future ones. These are the questions James Boyd White addresses in The Edge of Meaning, exploring each through its application to great works of Western culture—Huckleberry Finn, the Odyssey, and the paintings of Vermeer among them. In doing so, White creates a deeply moving and insightful book and presents an inspiring conception of mind, language, and the essence of living.
Contents
Preface
Introduction: Beyond Words
Part I
1. Thoreau's Walden: Sporting with Proud Reliance in the Fields of Air
2. Huckleberry Finn: Doing Whichever Come Handiest at the Time
3. The Odyssey: Living in a Land Transformed
Part II
4. Reading Greek: Autar ho ek limenos
5. Making Meaning in the Sentence
6. The Phaedrus: Philosophy, Rhetoric, and Love
Part III
7. Frost and Herbert: Poetry as Life
8. The Life of the Law as a Life of Writing
9. The Depth of Meaning in Vermeer
Acknowledgments
Index
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