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Impersonal Passion: Language as Affect

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Denise Riley is renowned as a feminist theorist and a poet and for her remarkable refiguring of familiar but intransigent problems of identity, expression, language, and politics. In Impersonal Passion, she turns to everyday complex emotional and philosophical problems of speaking and listening. Her provocative meditations suggest that while the emotional power of language ...more
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Published April 8th 2005 by Duke University Press Books (first published January 28th 2005)
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It's often said that what is most familiar to us can in fact be what is most enigmatic to us. Nowhere is this better illustrated than in the intimate perplexities of language, the folds of which envelop us even while we ply and pleat it as if at will, in the ease in which words tumble out of us. The signal achievement of Denise Riley’s Impersonal Passion is to forcefully remind us of just these bewitching charms of language, the uncanny strangeness of which insinuates itself in the very tissue o ...more
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Denise Riley (born 1948, Carlisle) is an English poet and philosopher who began to be published in the 1970s.

Her poetry is remarkable for its paradoxical interrogation of selfhood within the lyric mode. Her critical writings on motherhood, women in history, "identity", and philosophy of language, are recognised as an important contribution to feminism and contemporary philosophy. She was, until re
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