The Mirror and the Veil: An Overview of American Online Diaries and Blogs

Rodopi, 2004 - 144 頁
The Mirror and the Veil offers a unique perspective on the phenomenon of online personal diaries and blogs. Blending insights from literary criticism, from psychoanalytical theory and from social sciences, Viviane Serfaty identifies the historical roots of self-representational writing in America and studies the original features it has developed on the Internet. She perceptively analyzes the motivations of bloggers and the repercussions their writings may have on themselves and on American society at large. This book will be of interest to specialists in American Studies, to students in literature, communication, psychology and sociology, as well as to anyone endeavoring to understand the new set of practises created by Internet users in America.


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Chapter Five
Gendered selfrepresentation?

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第 45 頁 - Society everywhere is in conspiracy against the manhood of every one of its members. Society is a joint-stock company in which the members agree, for the better securing of his bread to each shareholder, to surrender the liberty and culture of the eater. The virtue in most request is conformity. Self-reliance is its aversion. It loves not realities and creators, but names and customs.
第 49 頁 - We lie in the lap of immense intelligence, which makes us receivers of its truth and organs of its activity. When we discern justice, when we discern truth, we do nothing of ourselves, but allow a passage to its beams.
第 48 頁 - The literature of the poor, the feelings of the child, the philosophy of the street, the meaning of the household life, are the topics of the time.
第 48 頁 - I ask not for the great, the remote, the romantic; what is doing in Italy or Arabia; what is Greek art, or Provengal minstrelsy; I embrace the common, I explore and sit at the feet of the familiar, the low. Give me insight into today, and you may have the antique and future worlds.
第 48 頁 - Give me insight into to-day, and you may have the antique and future worlds. What would we really know the meaning of? The meal in the firkin, the milk in the pan, the ballad in the street, the news of the boat, the glance of the eye, the form and the gait of the body; show me the ultimate reason of these matters; show me the sublime presence of the highest spiritual cause...
第 54 頁 - Whether that defect be in the address, in the fault of good forms, — which, Queen Isabella said, were like perpetual letterscommendatory — or deeper seated in an absence of common sympathies, or even in a levity of the understanding, I cannot tell. But its bitter fruits are a sore uneasiness in the company of most men and women, a frigid fear of offending and jealousy of disrespect, an inability to lead and an unwillingness to follow the current conversation, which contrive to make me second...
第 50 頁 - ... each frontier did indeed furnish a new field of opportunity, a gate of escape from the bondage of the past; and freshness, and confidence, and scorn of older society, impatience of its restraints and its ideas, and indifference to its lessons have accompanied the frontier.

關於作者 (2004)

Viviane Serfaty is an Associate Professor of American Studies at Université de Marne la Vallée in the Paris metropolitan area and at ENA, the French School for Government. She has written extensively about the Internet and has co-written and edited a volume in English and French entitled L'Internet en politique, des Etats-Unis à l'Europe (Strasbourg: Presses Universitaires de Strasbourg, 2002). Her research centers on Internet use in both the public and the private spheres.