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Occasional Deconstructions
Occasional Deconstructions (October 2004)
Julian Wolfreys - Author

Argues that deconstruction is not a critical methodology or theory but that which makes any act of good reading possible.

In Occasional Deconstructions, Julian Wolfreys challenges the notion that deconstruction is a critical methodology, offering instead a number of reintroductions or reorientations to the texts of Jacques Derrida and the idea or possibility of deconstructions. Proceeding from specific readings...(Read More)
 
 
Julia Kristeva
Julia Kristeva (September 2004)
Psychoanalysis and Modernity
Sara Beardsworth - Author

HONORABLE MENTION – 2006 Goethe Award for Psychoanalytic Scholarship for the best book published in 2004, presented by the Section on Psychoanalysis of the Canadian Psychological Association.

A comprehensive examination of Kristeva's work from the seventies to the nineties.

This is the first systematic overview of Julia Kristeva's vision and work in relation to philosophical modernity. It pro...(Read More)
 
 
Humoring Resistance
Humoring Resistance (July 2004)
Laughter and the Excessive Body in Latin American Women's Fiction
Dianna C. Niebylski - Author

Analyzes the explosive connections among strategic uses of humor, women's bodies, and resistance in fiction by Latin American women writers.

Contextualizing theoretical debates about the political uses of gendered humor and female excess, this book explores bold new ways in which a number of contemporary Latin American women authors approach questions of identity and community. The author examines the connections among ...(Read More)
 
 
Punk Productions
Punk Productions (July 2004)
Unfinished Business
Stacy Thompson - Author

A history and social psychology of punk music.

Stacy Thompson's Punk Productions offers a concise history of punk music and combines concepts from Marxism to psychoanalysis to identify the shared desires that punk expresses through its material productions and social relations. Thompson explores all of the major punk scenes in detail, from the early days in New York and England, through California Hardcore and ...(Read More)
 
 
A Geography of Hard Times
A Geography of Hard Times (April 2004)
Narratives about Travel to South America, 1780-1849
Angela Perez-Mejia - Author
Dick Cluster - Translator

Unravels the rich complexities of the colonial travel experience.

This fascinating glimpse into South America's past focuses on the works of four European voyagers who came to South America and left a legacy of travel writing in their wake: José Celestino Mutis, a Spanish botanist and doctor; Alexander von Humboldt, a German geographer; Maria Graham, a British historian; and Flora Tristán, a French femin...(Read More)
 
 
Ethnography Unbound
Ethnography Unbound (February 2004)
From Theory Shock to Critical Praxis
Stephen Gilbert Brown - Editor
Sidney I. Dobrin - Editor

Problematizes traditional ethnographic research methods, offering instead self-reflexive critical practices.

These provocative new essays redefine the goals, methods, and assumptions of qualitative and ethnographic research in composition studies, making evident not only the crucial importance of ethnographic research, but also its resilience. As Ethnography Unbound makes evident, critical ethnographers are ret...(Read More)
 
 
Mapping the Victorian Social Body
Mapping the Victorian Social Body (February 2004)
Pamela K. Gilbert - Author

Explores how medical and social maps helped shape modern perceptions of space.

The cholera epidemics that plagued London in the nineteenth century were a turning point in the science of epidemiology and public health, and the use of maps to pinpoint the source of the disease initiated an explosion of medical and social mapping not only in London but throughout the British Empire as well. Mapping the Victorian Social ...(Read More)
 
 
Edward Said at the Limits
Edward Said at the Limits (January 2004)
Mustapha Marrouchi - Author

Shows the full breadth and scope of Edward Said's work and of his role as a public intellectual.

In Edward Said at the Limits, Mustapha Marrouchi offers a sensitive critique of Edward Said, one of America's foremost commentators on the Palestinian cause. Marrouchi does justice to the extraordinary life of a complex figure who was fundamentally a humanist committed to the eradication of domination and whose angry ...(Read More)
 
 
Postcolonial Narrative and the Work of Mourning
Postcolonial Narrative and the Work of Mourning (December 2003)
J.M. Coetzee, Wilson Harris, and Toni Morrison
Sam Durrant - Author

A cross-cultural analysis of the work of Coetzee, Harris and Morrison, demonstrating that the fundamental task of postcolonial narrative is the work of mourning.

Sam Durrant’s powerfully original book compares the ways in which the novels of J. M. Coetzee, Wilson Harris, and Toni Morrison memorialize the traumatic histories of racial oppression that continue to haunt our postcolonial era. The works examined bear witness ...(Read More)
 
 
Bad
Bad (December 2003)
Infamy, Darkness, Evil, and Slime on Screen
Murray Pomerance - Editor

Examines the many forms of cinematic "badness" over the past one hundred years, from Nosferatu to The Talented Mr. Ripley.

Violence and corruption sell big, especially since the birth of action cinema, but even from cinema's earliest days, the public has been delighted to be stunned by screen representations of negativity in all its forms—evil, monstrosity, corruption, ugliness, villainy, ...(Read More)
 
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