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Enigmas of Identity
Peter Brooks

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"Focusing on unexpected aspects of a familiar subject (masturbation, imposture), considering a wide range of modern texts in several languages (Balzac, Freud, Sherlock Holmes, some fascinating law cases), and writing in supple prose, Peter Brooks has crafted in Enigmas of Identity a provocative and always engaging study of the importance and the meanings of identity for literary accomplishment."--Patricia Meyer Spacks, Edgar F. Shannon Professor of English Emerita, University of Virginia

"Peter Brooks has written a splendid meditation on the search for the self: erudite, illuminating, and eloquent. He shows how this search leads to an obsessive focus on markers of identity and stories of imposture. Rousseau, Balzac, Stendhal, Proust, and Freud are central interlocutors, but Brooks makes reference to a wide range of other texts, and deftly weaves developments in U.S. law into his discussion."--Martha C. Nussbaum, author of Not for Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities

"Enigmas of Identity is an inviting guided tour through the literary and legal contours of the 'identity paradigm' of modernity. Peter Brooks takes new directions on a topic that will interest literary and legal scholars as well as psychologists and philosophers. Moving skillfully from legal decisions to literary texts, he offers many interpretive gems along the way."--Eric Slauter, University of Chicago

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