What Is It That It Is?
What do I mean by cultural
phenomenology? Here, at least, is what I think it could do. Cultural phenomenology
would aim to enlarge, diversify and particularise the study of culture.
Instead of readings of abstract structures, functions and dynamics, cultural
phenomenology would home in on substances, habits, organs, rituals, obsessions,
pathologies, processes and patterns of feeling. Such interests would be
at once philosophical and poetic, explanatory and exploratory, analytic
and evocative. Above all, whatever interpreting and explication cultural
phenomenology managed to pull off would be achieved in the manner in which
it got amid a given subject or problem, not by the degree to which it got
on top of it.
|Steve Connor|Birkbeck English|Birkbeck College|