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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)
Toward a Political Philosophy of Race
Toward a Political Philosophy of Race (March 2009)
Falguni A. Sheth - Author

Examines how liberal society enables racism and other forms of discrimination.

Timely, controversial, and incisive, Toward a Political Philosophy of Race looks uncompromisingly at how a liberal society enables racism and other forms of discrimination. Drawing on the examples of the internment of U.S. citizens and residents of Japanese descent, of Muslim men and women in the contemporary United States, and o...(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)
Reading Ricoeur
Reading Ricoeur (July 2008)
David M. Kaplan - Editor

Introduces readers to the work of Paul Ricoeur, one of the twentieth century’s leading philosophers.

In Reading Ricoeur, fourteen well-known scholars interpret, evaluate, and criticize the works of Paul Ricoeur, one of the twentieth century’s most important and far-reaching philosophers. The contributors discuss Ricoeur’s entire philosophical career: from his existentialist-phenomenology of t...(Read More)
The Future of Invention
The Future of Invention (April 2008)
Rhetoric, Postmodernism, and the Problem of Change
John Muckelbauer - Author

Examines the concept of rhetorical invention from an affirmative, nondialectical perspective.

The Future of Invention links classical rhetorical practices of invention with the philosophical work of Gilles Deleuze and Jacques Derrida and proposes that some of the most crucial implications of postmodern theory have gone largely unattended. Drawing on such classical rhetorical concepts as doxa, i...(Read More)
Desire of the Analysts
Desire of the Analysts (January 2008)
Psychoanalysis and Cultural Criticism
Greg Forter - Editor
Paul Allen Miller - Editor

Explores psychoanalytic approaches to cultural studies.

Why do we continue to desire psychoanalysis? What can this desire contribute to a vital cultural criticism? In Desire of the Analysts, these and other questions are addressed by leading contributors from a variety of fields, including Sharon Nell, Deneen Senasi, Kaja Silverman, Henry Sussman, Domietta Torlasco, Pierre Zoberman, and Slavoj Žiže...(Read More)
Feminine Look
Feminine Look (January 2008)
Sexuation, Spectatorship, Subversion
Jennifer Friedlander - Author

Feminist and psychoanalytic analysis of spectatorship.

Feminine Look shows how the Lacanian concept of sexuation makes possible a new account of the relationship among feminism, psychoanalysis, and spectatorship. Whereas previous studies have tended to ask how spectatorship may be influenced by sexual difference, Jennifer Friedlander asks how particular spectatorial encounters may engender different “s...(Read More)
Adorno (October 2007)
The Recovery of Experience
Roger Foster - Author

Examines the role of experience within Adorno’s philosophy of language and epistemology.

In Adorno, Roger Foster argues that there is a coherent critical project at the core of Adorno’s philosophy of language and epistemology, the key to which is the recovery of a broader understanding of experience. Foster claims, in Adorno’s writings, it is the concept of spiritual experience that denotes ...(Read More)
Global Fragments
Global Fragments (October 2007)
Globalizations, Latinamericanisms, and Critical Theory
Eduardo Mendieta - Author

Philosophical explorations of the processes of globalization, particularly in the context of Latin America.

Global Fragments offers an innovative analysis of globalization that aims to circumvent the sterile dichotomies that either praise or demonize globalization. Eduardo Mendieta applies an interdisciplinary approach to one of the most fundamental experiences of globalization: the mega-urbanization o...(Read More)
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