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Sincerity and Authenticity by Lionel Trilling
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Apr 05, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: 2012
Read from April 05 to 11, 2012


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message 1: by Alison (new)

Alison why'dya like it? it caught my eye when i saw it on yr list...

message 2: by Robin (last edited Apr 27, 2012 03:35PM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Robin Oh! Missed this. I don't use this site enough.
Trilling just has a very reasonable approach to understanding literary history, he's polemic without being aggressive. I actually read this for a paper I was writing - but it convinced me that sincerity, as a literary quality, is something we should strive for. He describes this as "a congruence between avowal and actual feeling." And also that authenticity has been overemphasized as a literary virtue throughout the past hundred years.

message 3: by Alison (new)

Alison that makes sense to me. more temporally accurate. i think heidegger made the argument about the authentic self being unutterable because by the time a self is described, it is already in the past, therefore the description is rendered inauthentic.

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