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  • Author:
    Denise Riley
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    082233500X
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    Duke University Press Books (April 8, 2005)
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    152 pages
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In Impersonal Passion, she turns to everyday complex emotional and philosophical problems of speaking and listening.

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This book is a rarity: a work of philosophy that one can't put down. -Wendy Brown, University of California, Berkeley.

Denise Riley (author). In Impersonal Passion, she turns to everyday complex emotional and philosophical problems of speaking and listening. This book is a rarity: a work of philosophy that one can't put down.

Duke University Press, 2005. Published: 1 October 2006. by Indiana University Press. Hypatia, Volume 21, pp 221-224; doi:10.

In conclusion, Riley’s separate successful careers as poet and academic are tributes to her abilities as artist and philosopher.

In Impersonal Passion, she turns to everyday complex emotional and philosophical problems of speaking and listening.

However, it is not clear whether the deeper boundary-end of utterance-shows more lengthening than the other one-end of intonational phrase.

Denise Riley is renowned as a feminist theorist and a poet and for her remarkable refiguring of familiar but intransigent problems of identity, expression, language, and politics. In Impersonal Passion, she turns to everyday complex emotional and philosophical problems of speaking and listening. Her provocative meditations suggest that while the emotional power of language is impersonal, this impersonality paradoxically constitutes the personal.

In nine linked essays, Riley deftly unravels the rhetoric of life’s absurdities and urgencies, its comforts and embarrassments, to insist on the forcible affect of language itself. She teases out the emotional complexities of such quotidian matters as what she ironically terms the right to be lonely in the face of the imperative to be social or the guilt associated with feeling as if you’re lying when you aren’t. Impersonal Passion reinvents questions from linguistics, the philosophy of language, and cultural theory in an illuminating new idiom: the compelling emotion of the language of the everyday.


Brakora
It's often said that what is most familiar to us can in fact be what is most enigmatic to us. Nowhere is this better illustrated than in the intimate perplexities of language, the folds of which envelop us even while we ply and pleat it as if at will, in the ease in which words tumble out of us. The signal achievement of Denise Riley’s Impersonal Passion is to forcefully remind us of just these bewitching charms of language, the uncanny strangeness of which insinuates itself in the very tissue of our most passionate and personal speech.

In the words that hurt us, in the name that designates us, in the cries of ‘why me?’ that we cast out in frustration and sorrow; in all these and more Riley teases out, in a series of linguistic vignettes, the ways in which language works its peculiar magic. Not so much in the manner of how words mean, but rather, how they act upon us, lay claim upon who we are and what we do, impelling us now in one way, then another. It's in this 'impersonal' and anonymous dimension of language that Riley stakes her study, tracing the ways in which the ordinances of language incite and inflect our desires, hopes, dreams, fears and hatreds.

Above all, Impersonal Passion is a celebration of language, both in content and style. Riley's prose has a tendency to leap off the page in flourishes that are in turns moving, funny, brilliant, and, in most cases, all three at the same time. It's hard not to feel the sheer enjoyment and exhilaration of writing at work, with words shimmering allusively amongst themselves, reverberating in their playful incisiveness. Whether engaging in a phenomenology of language, critiquing a certain stand of anti-abortionist rhetoric, or exploring the ins and outs of social inclusion, Riley's attention to the nuances of expression sheds an incomparable light on the wonder that is language, and in turn, the lives which weave themselves alongside it.
YSOP
Riley is profound and hilarious in these essays, turning her most lucid philosophy of language into vignettes from ordinary life and thus quite brilliantly establishing a philosophy of language for emotional vexations that emerge from and against impinging social and linguistic conventions. Her work on the passions follows from her quite fine work, Words of Selves, showing how our most intimate and wordless encounters are orchestrated by the workings of language. These are breathtaking essays in their frankness, incisiveness, and relentless affirmative questioning. She scours the bottom of the linguistic pan and comes up with curious and unexpected gold. The daily vexations portrayed by her insistent vignettes are narrated with philosophical acumen and everyday folly. And then there is is rare pleasure of Riley's sidesplitting humour working in such close tandem with her characteristic lucidity and politically trenchant analyses. Bravo!