The Art of Reading as a Way of Life

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ISBN 978-0-8101-2622-0
Publication Date
October 2009
Page Count
136 pages
Trim Size
5.5 x 8.5

The Art of Reading as a Way of Life

On Nietzsche's Truth

In The Art of Reading as a Way of Life: On Nietzsche’s Truth Daniel T. O’Hara traces critically the current reception and translation of Nietzsche’s corpus and then some of Nietzsche’s boldest textual experiments in the art of reading as a way of life, including those in The Birth of Tragedy, The Gay Science, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, The Anti-Christ, and Ecce Homo. The shape of this critical tracing begins, however, in the middle of his career with The Gay Science and moves on to Thus Spoke Zarathustra, which Nietzsche believed was the central work of his life. It then revalues Ecce Homo, Nietzsche’s final autobiographical statement about his life and career, and concludes with a comparative analysis of two works from the beginning and end of that career: respectively, The Birth of Tragedy and The Anti-Christ. O’Hara’s highly original study, which uses Badiou’s theory of the truth-event as a guide, will surely provoke larger conversations across many disciplines.

About the Author

Daniel T. O’Hara is a professor of English and was the first Andrew W. Mellon Term Professor in the Humanities at Temple University. He is the author of books on Yeats, visionary theory, Lionel Trilling, and radical parody. His latest book is Empire Burlesque: The Fate of Critical Culture in Global America (2003).