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Otherwise Occupied
Otherwise Occupied (November 2008)
Pedagogies of Alterity and the Brahminization of Theory
Dorothy M. Figueira - Author

Questions whether current theories and pedagogies of alterity have allowed us truly to engage the Other.

Tracing the historical development of recent identity-based trends in literary theory to their roots in structuralism, Dorothy M. Figueira questions the extent to which theories and pedagogies of alterity have actually enabled us to engage the Other. She tracks academic attempts to deal with alterity from the...(Read More)
Governing Hate and Race in the United States and South Africa
Governing Hate and Race in the United States and South Africa (August 2008)
Patrick Lynn Rivers - Author

Argues that the responsibility for eradicating racial hatred has been redirected away from the state and toward the hated, leaving the causes of hate unaddressed.

In this book, Patrick Lynn Rivers asserts that states govern racist hate by governing racial constructs. Rivers maintains that state practices used to govern hate and race in both the United States and South Africa do not make citizens safer, even as ...(Read More)

Process and Difference
Process and Difference (May 2002)
Between Cosmological and Poststructuralist Postmodernisms
Catherine Keller - Editor
Anne Daniell - Editor

Leading scholars explore the relationship between deconstructive theory and process thought.

The similarities and creative tensions between French-based poststructuralism and Whiteheadian process thought are examined here by leading scholars. Although both approaches are labeled 'postmodern,' their own proponents often take them to be so dissimilar as to be opposed. Contributors to this book, however, argue that processing these diffe...(Read More)
Suffering, Politics, Power
Suffering, Politics, Power (January 2002)
A Genealogy in Modern Political Theory
Cynthia Halpern - Author

Suffering and politics in the thought of Luther, Hobbes, Rousseau, and Nietzsche.

Suffering, Politics, Power argues that human suffering on a global scale constitutes the most urgent and least understood question of contemporary politics and political theory. In the modern age, the experience of suffering is primarily a political problem, constructed out of crucial, conflicting perspectives. The book draws on a genealogy of suff...(Read More)
Deconstructive Subjectivities
Deconstructive Subjectivities (March 1996)
Simon Critchley - Editor
Peter Dews - Editor

Explores the meanings of subjectivity in continental philosophy in the wake of post-structuralism and critical theory.
"Critchley and Dews have assembled an impressive collection of essays that focus on one of many splits within contemporary continental philosophy. But the purpose of this collection is not to exacerbate an already contentious scene. The purpose is to demonstrate surprising similarities and convictions traversing divergent...(Read More)
Signs of Change
Signs of Change (March 1996)
Premodern - Modern - Postmodern
Stephen Barker - Editor

This is a collection of essays focusing on conventions of change in the arts, philosophy, and literature.

This book examines the nature of change in history, philosophy, and culture. Precisely because the idea of change is so vast, the book's strategy is to exercise some control over it by organizing itself as a structured progression of theoretical, political, and ideological concerns whose focus is on change.

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Death in a Delphi Seminar
Death in a Delphi Seminar (August 1995)
A Postmodern Mystery
Norman N. Holland - Author

In this detective novel set in a small, intense seminar, eight students study what their professor regards as the central mystery of human nature: the uniqueness of the individual. One morning a woman student who has been fighting this idea and disrupting the seminar keels over, poisoned. The detective who takes charge is himself a writer who finds this tight little world of academic criticism and theory fascinating, baffling, yet somehow sympathe...(Read More)
Hegemony and Strategies of Transgression
Hegemony and Strategies of Transgression (April 1995)
Essays in Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature
E. San Juan Jr. - Author

This book offers a radical, "Third World" approach to current debates on canon revision, multiculturalism, Eurocentrism, and reforms in education and culture.
"This is a brilliant and unique intervention into a host of major and knotty contemporary debates in literary criticism. In particular, it is refreshing and inspiring to see the uncompromising anti-racism and anti-Eurocentrism of these studies combined with a sophisticated outlook ...(Read More)
Post-Theory, Games, and Discursive Resistance
Post-Theory, Games, and Discursive Resistance (January 1995)
The Bulgarian Case
Alexander Kiossev - Editor

This anthology of mixed-genre writings on East European political culture examines the aesthetic character of Eastern Europe before and after 1989, the beginning of a "post-totalitarian age."
This book consists of a dialogue of genres (fiction, parables, essay, analytic, programmatic) on the topic of Eastern European political culture before and after 1989. These texts introduce us to a reexamination of the aesthetic and political charac...(Read More)
The Gothic Sublime
The Gothic Sublime (May 1994)
Vijay Mishra - Author

This book reads the Gothic corpus with a thoroughly postmodern critical apparatus, pointing out that the Gothic Sublime anticipates our own doomed desire to pass beyond the hyperreal. A highly sophisticated theoretical reading of key texts of the Gothic, this book allows the reader to re-live the Gothic, not simply as a nostalgic relic or a pre-romantic aberration, but as a living presence that has strong resonances with the postmodern condition....(Read More)
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