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By Dominick LaCapra

Perhaps the best Western highbrow of his time, Jean-Paul Sartre has written hugely influential works in a various variety of topic parts: philosophy, literature, biography, autobiography, and the idea of background. The concise and lucidly-written A Preface to Sartre discusses the French philosopher's contributions in all of those fields.

Making innovative use of the insights of a few of crucial modern French thinkers (notably Jacques Derrida), Dominick LaCapra seeks to result in an lively disagreement among Sartre and his critics in phrases that go beyond the competition among existentialism and structuralism. Referring at any place applicable to big occasions in Sartre's lifestyles, he illuminates such tricky works as Being and Nothingness and the Critique of Dialectical Reason, and locations Sartre in terms of the traditions that he has explicitly rejected. LaCapra additionally deals shut and delicate interpretations of Nausea, of the autobiography, The Words, and of Sartre's biographical reports of Baudelaire, Genet, and Flaubert.

"I envision highbrow history," writes laCapra, "as a severe, educated, and stimulating dialog with the prior during the medium of the texts of significant thinkers. Who else in our contemporary earlier is a extra interesting interlocutor than Sartre?"

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