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Happiness as Enterprise
Happiness as Enterprise (March 2014)
An Essay on Neoliberal Life
Sam Binkley - Author

Examines the contemporary discourse on happiness through the lens of governmentality theory.

Recent decades have seen an explosion of interest in the phenomenon of happiness, as evidenced by self-help books, talk shows, spiritual mentoring, business management, and relationship counseling. At the center of this development is the expanding influence of “positive psychology,” which places the concern wi...(Read More)
 
 
In the Spirit of Critique
In the Spirit of Critique (December 2013)
Thinking Politically in the Dialectical Tradition
Andrew J. Douglas - Author

Offers a new perspective on the political significance of the Hegelian dialectical legacy.

Focusing on the critical postures of Hegel, Marx, and a series of twentieth-century intellectuals, including Sartre, Adorno, and C. L. R. James, this book explores what dialectical thinking entails and how such thinking might speak to the lived realities of the contemporary political moment. What is revealed is not a formal ...(Read More)
 
 
Redeeming Words
Redeeming Words (November 2013)
Language and the Promise of Happiness in the Stories of Döblin and Sebald
David Michael Kleinberg-Levin - Author

Probing study of how literature can redeem the revelatory, redemptive powers of language.

In this probing look at Alfred Döblin’s 1929 novel Berlin Alexanderplatz and the stories of W. G. Sebald, Redeeming Words offers a philosophical meditation on the power of language in literature. David Kleinberg-Levin draws on the critical theory of Benjamin and Adorno; the idealism and romantic...(Read More)

 
 
Being, Time, Bios
Being, Time, Bios (May 2013)
Capitalism and Ontology
A. Kiarina Kordela - Author

A psychoanalytic theory of biopolitics.

Although both share a focus on human life as it is inscribed by power, Foucauldian biopolitics and Lacanian psychoanalysis have remained isolated from and even opposed to one another. In Being, Time, Bios, A. Kiarina Kordelaaims to overcome this divide, formulating a historical ontology that draws from Spinoza, Marx, Heidegger, and Sartre to theorize the changed...(Read More)
 
 
Radical Ecopsychology, Second Edition
Radical Ecopsychology, Second Edition (January 2013)
Psychology in the Service of Life
Andy Fisher - Author
David Abram - Foreword by

Expanded new edition of a classic examination of the psychological roots of our ecological crisis.

Personal in its style yet radical in its vision, Radical Ecopsychology, Second Edition offers an original introduction to ecopsychology—an emerging field that ties the human mind to the natural world. In order for ecopsychology to be a force for social change, Andy Fisher insists it must become a more ...(Read More)
 
 
The Idolatry of the Actual
The Idolatry of the Actual (September 2011)
Habermas, Socialization, and the Possibility of Autonomy
David A. Borman - Author

Reinvigorates Jürgen Habermas’s early critical theory.

The first close study of Jürgen Habermas’s theory of socialization, a central but infrequently discussed component of his defense of deliberative democracy, The Idolatry of the Actual charts its increasingly uneasy relationship with the later development of Habermas’s social theory. In particular, David A. Borman argues tha...(Read More)
 
 
Representing Segregation
Representing Segregation (April 2010)
Toward an Aesthetics of Living Jim Crow, and Other Forms of Racial Division
Brian Norman - Editor
Piper Kendrix Williams - Editor
Joycelyn Moody - Foreword by

Examines racial segregation in literature and the cultural legacy of the Jim Crow era.

As a touchstone issue in American history, segregation has had an immeasurable impact on the lives of most ethnic groups in the United States. Primarily associated with the Jim Crow South and the court cases Plessy v. Ferguson (1896) and Brown v. Board of Education (1954), segregation comprises a diverse se...(Read More)

 
 
The American Optic
The American Optic (September 2009)
Psychoanalysis, Critical Race Theory, and Richard Wright
Mikko Tuhkanen - Author

Brings together critical race theory and psychoanalysis to examine African American and other diasporic African cultural texts.

The American Optic charts new territory in the relationship of psychoanalysis to critical race studies. Focusing on the work of Richard Wright and Jacques Lacan, it explore the political and ethical implications of psychoanalysis for African American and other diasporic African cult...(Read More)
 
 
Africa Writes Back to Self
Africa Writes Back to Self (July 2009)
Metafiction, Gender, Sexuality
Evan M. Mwangi - Author

Explores the metafictional strategies of contemporary African novels rather than characterizing them primarily as a response to colonialism.

The profound effects of colonialism and its legacies on African cultures have led postcolonial scholars of recent African literature to characterize contemporary African novels as, first and foremost, responses to colonial domination by the West. In Africa Writes Back to S...(Read More)

 
 
A World of Fragile Things
A World of Fragile Things (July 2009)
Psychoanalysis and the Art of Living
Mari Ruti - Author

Psychoanalytic perspective on what Western philosophers from Socrates to Foucault have called “the art of living.”

How are our lives meaningful? What is the relationship of loss to creativity? How can we best engage and overcome our suffering? From Socrates to Foucault, Western philosophers have sought to define “the art of living”—the complex craft of human existence that elicits our ...(Read More)
 
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