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Control of the Imaginary

Reason and Imagination in Modern Times

1988
Author:

Luiz Costa Lima
Translated by Ronald W. Sousa
Introduction by Ronald W. Sousa
Afterword by Jochen Schulte-Sasse

Control of the Imaginary

Draws on English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish literary traditions to examine the relationship between Western notions of reason and subjectivity from the Renaissance to the first decade of the twentieth century.

Draws on English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish literary traditions to examine the relationship between Western notions of reason and subjectivity from the Renaissance to the first decade of the twentieth century.

Control of the Imaginary

Luiz Costa Lima is a full professor of Comparative Literature, at Pontificia Universidade Catolica, in Rio de Janeiro. He has taught at the University of Minnesota (1984-6), and has been a visiting professor at Stanford University, Johns Hopkins University, Montreal, Paris VIII, Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico). He has also been a research at the Zenter fur literarische Forschung (Berlin). In 1992, he received the Humboldt Preis for his work as a foreign researcher in Humanities. His books are originally published in Portuguese. Three of them are translated into English: Control of the imaginary: Reason and imagination in modern times, University of Minnesota Press, Minn, 1988. The Dark side or reason: Fictionality and power, Stanford University Press, Stanford, 1992. The Limits of voice: Montaigne, Schlegel, Kafka, Stanford University Press, Stanford, 1996. His most recent book, Historia. Ficao: Literature, won a prize for the best theoretical book on literature published in Brazil during 2006.

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