This chapter explores how loneliness, alienation and solitude set their stamp on ‘quiet professionalism’ in a climate of neoliberalism. This theme is considered in the context of a higher education system that is increasingly associated with efficiency, effectiveness and ‘time-management’ rather than passion or vocation. Departing from the example of Greta Garbo, who famously declared that she wanted to be let alone, the authors explore how the notion of correspondence – with its echoes of response, responsibility and responsiveness – sheds new light on the state of being ‘alone together’ as conducive to the freedom to think. They explore attacks on subjectivity through a novel reading of the psychoanalytical notion of impingement. This is considered against the background of a form of alone/togetherness that arises in and through a quest for ethical forms of collaboration.
|Title of host publication||The Bloomsbury Handbook of Solitude, Silence and Loneliness|
|Editors||Julian Stern, Christopher A. Sin, Malgorzata Wałejko, Ping Ho Wong|
|Place of Publication||London|
|ISBN (Electronic)||9781350162150, 9781350162174|
|Publication status||Published - 16 Dec 2021|