Fear, Truth, Writing

From Paper Village to Electronic Community

By Alison Leigh Brown

Subjects: Postmodernism
Series: SUNY series in Postmodern Culture
Paperback : 9780791425329, 145 pages, October 1995
Hardcover : 9780791425312, 145 pages, October 1995

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Table of contents




1. Truth, Fear, and Writing

2. When Writing is Not

3. Thought Speaking Then Writing Itself

4. Writing Ourselves That Are Not

Chapter One. Truth

1. Truth as Vivid Imagination

2. Aletheia: Zoon Anthropon: Life Becomes Us

3. Phenomenological Imaging

4. Truth Becomes Us: Literally

5. Letting Sleeping Dogs Lie

6. All is not Lost

Chapter Two. Fear

1. Uncovering Fear Involves Using Up Fear

2. But Fear Cannot Be Used Up

3. Overcoming Fear in Moments

4. Impediment to Political Action: Fear

Chapter Three. Writing

1. Writing through to Fiction

2. Anarchy in the UK/USA

3. Alternate Sexualities; Living

4. We Need Language(s) for Analysis

5. Academic Tension: Re-Writing

Chapter Four. From Paper Village to Virtual Community

1. Kierkegaard's Paper Village

2. Cixous Writing Herself to Herself for Herself

3. Electronic Communities




This book describes and examines the fear of exposure one faces when creating for cultural consumption. Examining the work of Cixous, Foucault, Irigaray, Spinoza, Hegel, Hakim Bey, Heidegger, Kathy Acker, Derrida, and Kierkegaard, the author finds spaces where fear and anxiety give way to connection and community.

Alison Leigh Brown is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Northern Arizona State University. She is currently at work on a book about deception.


"The book will both inspire further investigation into questions of identity, gender, 'anarchy', and new ways of formulating these questions, especially through the incorporation of narrative. Indeed, this text brings into contact, in a way that none other that I have read has, the idea of 'fictional' narrative as theoretical method with more 'straightforward' philosophical analyses. " — Bill Martin, DePaul University of Chicago"

The questions that this book raises about the relations between 'popular' culture and 'high' culture, theory and practice, philosophy and fiction, are important to contemporary social theory. Brown's analysis is original and creative. In her loose weave, she strings together philosophy, cultural analysis, and fiction to create a colorful pastiche of contemporary thought. " — Kelly Oliver, University of Texas at Austin