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Toward a Non-humanist Humanism
Toward a Non-humanist Humanism (September 2017)
Theory after 9/11
William V. Spanos - Author

Assesses the limits and possibilities of humanism for engaging with issues of pressing political and cultural concern.
In his book The End of Education: Toward Posthumanism, William V. Spanos critiqued the traditional Western concept of humanism, arguing that its origins are to be found not in ancient Greece’s love of truth and wisdom, but in the Roman imperial era, when those Greek values were adapted in the servi...(Read More)
 
 
Herman Melville and the American Calling
Herman Melville and the American Calling (August 2008)
The Fiction after Moby-Dick, 1851-1857
William V. Spanos - Author

Argues that Herman Melville’s later work anticipates the resurgence of an American exceptionalist ethos underpinning the U.S.-led global “war on terror.”

Oriented by the new Americanist perspective, this book constitutes a rereading of Herman Melville’s most prominent fiction after Moby-Dick. In contrast to prior readings of this fiction, William V. Spanos’s interpretation takes ...(Read More)
 
 
American Exceptionalism in the Age of Globalization
American Exceptionalism in the Age of Globalization (January 2008)
The Specter of Vietnam
William V. Spanos - Author

Connects the American exceptionalist ethos to the violence in Vietnam and the Middle East.

In American Exceptionalism in the Age of Globalization, William V. Spanos explores three writers—Graham Greene, Philip Caputo, and Tim O’Brien—whose work devastatingly critiques the U.S. intervention in Vietnam and exposes the brutality of the Vietnam War. Utilizing poststructuralist theory, particular...(Read More)
 
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