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ISBN-10: 022673529X
ISBN-13: 9780226735290
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 04/01/2021
Dimensions: 9.10" L, 6.10" W, 1.00" H

Of Bridges: A Poetic and Philosophical Account

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Overview

“Always,” wrote Philip Larkin, “it is by bridges that we live.” Bridges represent our aspirations to connect, to soar across divides. And it is the unfinished business of these aspirations that makes bridges such stirring sights, especially when they are marvels of ingenuity.

A rich compendium of myths, superstitions, literary and ideological figurations, as well as architectural and musical illustrations, Of Bridges organizes a poetic and philosophical history of bridges into nine thematic clusters. Leaping in lucid prose between seemingly unrelated times and places, Thomas Harrison gives a panoramic account of the diverse meanings and valences of human bridges, questioning why they are built and where they lead. He investigates bridges as flashpoints in war and the mega-bridges of our globalized world. He probes links forged by religion between life’s transience and eternity and the consolidating ties of music, illustrated in a case study of the blues. He illuminates the real and symbolic crossings facing migrants each day and the affective connections that make persons and societies cohere. In fine and intricate readings of literature, philosophy, art, and geography, Harrison engages in a profound reflection on how bridges form and transform cultural communities. Interdisciplinary and deeply lyrical, Of Bridges is a mesmerizing, vertiginous tale of bridges both visible and invisible, both lived and imagined.

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"Of Bridges is a dazzling investigation into the profound semantic and historical resonance of the seemingly simple word bridge, that passage between two points that is unique in its material, metaphoric, and philosophical properties. Harrison has chapters on every possible aspect of bridging, for example, the musical bridge, the poetic bridge as in Hart Crane's famous poem by that title, the actual historic bridges of Greece and Rome, and the 'thought' bridges of Nietzsche and Heidegger. Throughout, Harrison's book is astonishingly learned, well written, and imaginative. Bridges will never be the same after this brilliant study."– "Marjorie Perloff, Stanford University"
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Details

ISBN-10: 022673529X
ISBN-13: 9780226735290
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 04/01/2021
Dimensions: 9.10" L, 6.10" W, 1.00" H
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