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Figures of Simplicity
Figures of Simplicity (January 2011)
Sensation and Thinking in Kleist and Melville
Birgit M. Kaiser - Author

A fascinating comparison of the work of Heinrich von Kleist and Herman Melville.

Figures of Simplicity explores a unique constellation of figures from philosophy and literature—Heinrich von Kleist,  Herman Melville, G. W. Leibniz, and Alexander Baumgarten—in an attempt to recover alternative conceptions of aesthetics and dimensions of thinking lost in the disciplinary narration of ae...(Read More)
 
 
Federman's Fictions
Federman's Fictions (January 2011)
Innovation, Theory, and the Holocaust
Jeffrey R. Di Leo - Edited and with an introduction by
Charles Bernstein - Preface
Charles Bernstein - Foreword
Raymond Federman - Afterword

A comprehensive examination of one of the twentieth century’s most innovative writers and critics.

This collection of essays offers an authoritative examination and appraisal of the French-American novelist Raymond Federman’s many contributions to humanities scholarship, including Holocaust studies, Beckett studies, translation studies, experimental fiction, postmodernism, and autobiography. Althoug...(Read More)
 
 
Ethics, Aesthetics, and the Beyond of Language
Ethics, Aesthetics, and the Beyond of Language (July 2010)
Robert Hughes - Author

Explores why American Romantic writers and contemporary continental thinkers turn to art when writing about ethics.

This book explores the relationship between literature and ethics, showing how literature and art work to open up a part of ethics that resists traditional philosophy. Focusing on three American Romantic texts—Wieland, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” and The Marble Fau...(Read More)
 
 
The Passing of Postmodernism
The Passing of Postmodernism (April 2010)
A Spectroanalysis of the Contemporary
Josh Toth - Author

Examines the increasingly prevalent assumption that postmodernism is over and that literature and film are once again engaging sincerely with issues of ethics and politics.

The Passing of Postmodernism addresses the increasingly prevalent assumption that a period marked by poststructuralism and metafiction has passed and that literature and film are once again engaging sincerely with issues of ethics and poli...(Read More)
 
 
Materializing Queer Desire
Materializing Queer Desire (August 2009)
Oscar Wilde to Andy Warhol
Elisa Glick - Author

Uses iconic dandy and queer figures to explore relationships between homosexuality, modernism, and modernity.

How did the queer subject come to occupy such a central, and in many respects, contradictory place in the modern world of the early twentieth century? What role has capitalism played in the development of modern gay and lesbian identities? Materializing Queer Desire focuses on the figure of the dandy ...(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)

 
 
Psychoanalysis, Aesthetics, and Politics in the Work of Julia Kristeva
Psychoanalysis, Aesthetics, and Politics in the Work of Julia Kristeva (June 2009)
Kelly Oliver - Editor
S. K. Keltner - Editor

Considers the social and political significance of Kristeva’s oeuvre.

The social and political relevance of Julia Kristeva’s work is perhaps the central question in Kristeva studies, and the essays in this collection provide a sustained interrogation of this complicated problematic from a variety of perspectives and across the various contexts and moments of Kristeva’s forty-year writing car...(Read More)
 
 
Eros and Ethics
Eros and Ethics (May 2009)
Reading Jacques Lacan's Seminar VII
Marc De Kesel - Author
Sigi Jottkandt - Translator

A comprehensive examination of Lacan’s seminar on ethics.

In Eros and Ethics, Marc De Kesel patiently exposes the lines of thought underlying Jacques Lacan’s often complex and cryptic reasoning regarding ethics and morality in his seventh seminar, The Ethics of Psychoanalysis (1959–1960). In this seminar, Lacan arrives at a rather perplexing conclusion: that which, over the ages, has ...(Read More)
 
 
Caribbean Genesis
Caribbean Genesis (January 2009)
Jamaica Kincaid and the Writing of New Worlds
Jana Evans Braziel - Author

Philosophical exploration of Jamaica Kincaid’s entire literary oeuvre.

By exploring the breadth of Jamaica Kincaid’s writings, this book reveals her work’s transmutations of genre, specifically those of autobiography, biography, and history in relation to the forces of creation and destruction in the Caribbean. Jana Evans Braziel examines Kincaid’s preoccupation with genealogy, genesis, and...(Read More)
 
 
Cary Nelson and the Struggle for the University
Cary Nelson and the Struggle for the University (January 2009)
Poetry, Politics, and the Profession
Michael Rothberg - Editor
Peter K. Garrett - Editor

Scholars engage the ideas and legacy of Cary Nelson in conversations about the corporate university, teaching, poetry, and activism.

At a time when the humanities are suffering crises of funding and legitimacy, Cary Nelson and the Struggle for the University provides an alternative vision: a clear-eyed, nondogmatic approach to engaged scholarship and educational activism in the interest of the public good. T...(Read More)
 
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