Inside Selfhood and History – Cambridge Scholars Publishing

As part of our commitment to showcasing the best collections of academic research and writing, Cambridge Scholars Publishing is delighted to be featuring another well-established and successful series this month. We recognise the growing demand for leading-edge, peer-reviewed research amongst our author community, and are eager to develop and promote both new and existing series.

Selfhood and History is a sequence of ten interrelated volumes by the American poet and philosopher Frederic Will. The titles contained therein, which are the culmination of work undertaken throughout the last ten years, are:

  • Time, Accounts, Surplus Meaning: Settings of the Theophanic (2011)
  • Platonism for the Iron Age: An Essay on the Literary Universal (2014)
  • Historia: Profiles of the Historical Impulse (2015)
  • Essays on the Condition of Inwardness: Pieces of Otherness (2016)
  • Seventy Moral (and Immoral) Polarities of the Everyday (2016)
  • Seventy Moral (and Immoral) Polarities of the Everyday Volume II (2017)
  • The Modernist Impulse and a Contemporary Opus: Replaced by Writing (2017)
  • Downloading The Poetic Self: An Anatomy Of Poetic Character (forthcoming, 2018)

Also forthcoming are:

  • Ryerson and The Almanach de Gotha of Time: Two Novels Turned in on Themselves: the creative process in writing, and the self as its own mirror; two long fictions by the author are read against each other—in running commentary—and the ore of usage each releases is examined.
  • The EverydayEssays on Noticing the Unnoticeable. Vignettes, analyses, narrations of everyday events among everyday people; eating, sleeping, walking, playing, fighting. What started out as ‘exercises’ and ‘practices’ for my online students at the Humanities Institute has become a working whole, practical but virtue-oriented.

Frederic Will, the author of the books within Inside Selfhood and History, explains how the titles interrelate and the principles at the heart of the series:

“It is hard to extract the core from these daring and intimate texts of philosophies as aspect. Writing clearly emerges throughout as the fundamental human act, which marks both the creation of history and a step into history. While writing is itself a thing, and deals with things in the world – what it finds in history – it requires illumination from the noosphere, the sphere of ideation and thought (Platonism is an effort to plot this geography) to illuminate trends in human time. The inside of this entire drama, by which writing opens history to us, is selfhood, the dynamic of consciousness from which writing springs. Selfhood is as everyday as the kitchen sink – it’s us, after all, it’s us as increments to history, mirrors of history – yet from within itself selfhood creates infinite time-space, the Hindu kalpa, or the Greek apeiron, in which the creation of history and the death of history nestle. What is and what will be thus inter-create across the opening powers of writing, which is just us starting out with our consciousness and our signs, to help with the job of giving reality a name.”

Praise for Inside Selfhood and History:

“These are wisdom texts, counterintuitive to today’s craving for managed knowledge. A lifetime’s thinking, learning from every conjunctural change, pondering the questions that need to be asked and answered, again and again—for all that underlies mere politics.”

—Gayatri Spivak, University Professor, Columbia University; founding member of the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society

“As a traveller of geographies and philosophies, Will’s way has always been to tell his story as though he were really living it. Here is the penetration of philosophy by poetry and of poetry by philosophy—the fox’s way—as he leaps on Pegasus and escapes going to ground.”

—David Hamilton, Professor Emeritus, University of Iowa; Editor, The Iowa Review

“Fred Will is one of our most restlessly innovative minds, writers of minds, and minders of rights.”

—Douglas Robinson, Dean, Faculty of Arts; Chair Professor of English, Hong Kong Baptist University

“Fred Will’s writings are a library unto themselves—poetry and prose, history and geography, anecdote and sustained reflection. He is an original even among originals and a writer for all readers.”

—Berel Lang, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, University at Albany-SUNY

“I have known Fred Will and his work for sixty-five years. He and I are among the last survivors of our generation of critics. I have just lost a lifelong friend, the magnificent Angus Fletcher, and before that the wise Geoffrey Hartman. Fred Will is of their company. He is a free spirit of great originality and continuous insight.”

—Harold Bloom, Sterling Professor of the Humanities and English, Yale University

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is offering our readers a 50% discount on the titles in the Inside Selfhood and History series. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code SERIES17 during checkout.  Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 31st July 2017.

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