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Philosophy and
Social Theory................................... 6-7
Square One steps back to reclaim
Meridian:
the authority of humanistic inquiry
Crossing Aesthetics.................... 8-10
for a broad, educated readership
Cultural Memory by tackling questions of common
in the Present.................................11-12 concern, regardless of discipline.
Literature and What do we value and why? What
Literary Studies........................... 12-16 should be believed? What ought to
Jewish Literature..............................16 be done? How can we account for
human ways of living, or shed light
Asian and Asian American Love As Human Freedom on their failures and breakdowns?
Literature.........................................17-18
Paul A. Kottman Why should we care about particular
Art, Film, and Media Studies........18 artworks or practices?
Rather than see love as a natural
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Freedom sees love as a practice that that have come to characterize
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A SERIES EDITED BY PAUL A. KOTTMAN
Capital and Time CURRENCIES: NEW
For a New Critique of THINKING FOR
Neoliberal Reason FINANCIAL TIMES
Martijn Konings
Capital and Time advances an A NEW SERIES EDITED BY
understanding of economy
as a process whereby patterns Melinda Cooper and
Martijn Konings
of order emerge out of the
interaction of speculative
investments.
In the wake of recent events such
Progressive critics have as the global financial crisis, the
assumed that the state occupies Occupy Wall Street Movement,
a neutral, external position and the rise of antistudent-debt
activism, the need for a more
from which it can step in to sophisticated encounter between
constrain speculative behaviors. economic theory and social and
On the contrary, Martijn Konings argues, the state has always political philosophy has become
been deeply implicated in the speculative dynamics of economic pressing. The growth of new
life. Through these insights, he offers a new interpretation of forms of money and finance is
both the economic problems that emerged during the 1970s and recognized as one of the defining
developments of our time. But
the way that neoliberalism responded to them. Neoliberalisms
even as finance continuously
strength derives from its intuition that there is no position that breaches limits and forces
transcends the secular logic of risk and from its insistence that adjustments, much scholarly
individuals actively engage that logic. Not only is the critique of commentary remains focused
speculation misleading as a general approach, it is also incapable on the limits of the market and
of recognizing how American capitalism has come to embrace the need to establish some prior
speculation and has thus been able to generate new kinds of state of political stability, thus
succumbing to a nostalgia that
order and governance.
blunts its critical edge. Not content
This remarkable book offers a new perspective on speculation, to adopt a defensive posture,
neoliberalism, and contemporary finance. Erudite, beautifully books in this series seek to rethink
written, and original in its arguments about money, value, and the core institutions and categories
risk, it will be of great interest to economists, sociologists, and of financialized capitalism.
philosophers concerned with markets and uncertainty. Currencies serves as a forum
for work that is situated at the
Arjun Appadurai,
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humanities, and the social
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Remainders Maximum Feasible Narrowcast
American Poetry at Natures End Participation Poetry and Audio Research
Margaret Ronda American Literature and the Lytle Shaw
War on Poverty
A literary history of the Great Narrowcast explores how
Acceleration, Remainders examines Stephen Schryer mid-century American poets
an archive of postwar American Maximum Feasible Participation associated with the New Left
poetry that reflects on new traces American writers contributions mobilized tape recording as a new
dimensions of ecological crisis. and responses to the War on Poverty. form of sonic field research even as
These poems portray various forms With the 1964 Opportunity Act, the they themselves were being subject
of remaindersfrom obsolescent Johnson administration provided a to tape-based surveillance. Allen
goods and waste products to federal imprimatur for an emerging Ginsberg, Charles Olson, Larry
atmospheric pollution and melting model of professionalism that sought Eigner, and Amiri Baraka all used
glaciersthat convey the ecological to eradicate boundaries between recording to contest models of time
consequences of global economic professionals and their clients being put forward by dominant
development. While North American a model that appealed to writers, media and the state, exploring
ecocriticism has tended to focus on especially African American and non-monumental time and
narrative forms, Margaret Ronda Chicano/a writers associated with subverting media schedules of work,
highlights the ways that poetry the cultural nationalisms gaining consumption, leisure, and national
explores other dimensions of traction in the 1960s inner city. These crises. Surprisingly, their methods
ecological relationships. The poems writers privileged artistic process over at once dovetailed with those of the
she considers engage in more product, rejecting conventions that state collecting evidence against
ambivalent ways with the problem separated writers from their audi- them and ran up against the same
of human agency and the limits ences. Ranging from the 1950s to the technological limits. Arguing that
of individual perception, and they present, the book explores how Jack CIA and FBI researchers shared
are attuned to the melancholic and Kerouac, Amiri Baraka, Gwendolyn unexpected terrain not only with
damaging aspects of environmental Brooks, Oscar Zeta Acosta, Alice poets but with famous theorists such
existence in a time of generalized Walker, Philip Roth, and others as Fredric Jameson and Hayden
crisis. Her method, which emphasizes exposed the War on Povertys contra- White, Lytle Shaw reframes the
the material histories and uneven dictions during its heyday and kept its status of tape recordings in postwar
effects of capitalist development, legacy alive in the decades to come. poetics and challenges notions of
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but anticipated and may have of cultural form, this book argues
contributed to them as well, that artists, filmmakers, and writers
providing some of the terms have re-imagined what it means
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dispossession that threatens the
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Judge and Punish
The Penal State on Trial
Geoffroy de Lagasnerie
Geoffroy de Lagasnerie spent
years sitting in on trials,
watching as individuals were
judged and sentenced for
armed robbery, assault, rape,
and murder. His experience
led to this original reflection
on the penal state, power,
and violence that identifies
a paradox in the way justice
is exercised in liberal
democracies. In order to
pronounce a judgment, a
trial must construct an individualizing story of actors and their The Art of Revolt
Snowden, Assange, Manning
acts; but in order to punish, each act between individuals must
be transformed into an aggression against society as a whole, Geoffroy de Lagasnerie
against the state itself. When not decried as traitors,
Edward Snowden, Julian Assange,
The law is often presented as the reign of reason over passion. and Chelsea Manning are seen
Instead, it leads to trauma, dispossession, and violence. Only as whistle-blowers whose crucial
by overturning our inherited legal fictions can we envision revelations are meant to denounce
forms of truer justice. Combining narratives of real trials with a problem or correct an injustice.
theoretical analysis, Judge and Punish shows that juridical Yet, for Geoffroy de Lagasnerie, they
institutions are not merely a response to crime. The state are much morethey are exemplars
who have reinvented an art of revolt.
claims to guarantee our security, yet from our birth, we also They have inaugurated a new form
belong to it. The criminal trial, a magnifying mirror, reveals of political action and a new identity
our true condition as political subjects. for the political subject. Anonymity
This groundbreaking work offers an exploration of justice as practiced by WikiLeaks and the
as an institution. Judge and Punish asks the big, penetrating flight and requests for asylum of
Snowden and Assange break with
questions that will shape the future of justice systems
traditional forms of democratic
throughout the Western world. protest. As Lagasnerie suggests, such
Jason S. Sexton, solitary choices challenge classic
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to reflect on how they can engage
productively in the betterment of
our societies.
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6 PHILOSOPHY AND SOCIAL THEORY


The Prince of This World Georg Simmel and the Jazz As Critique
Adam Kotsko Disciplinary Imaginary Adorno and Black
Expression Revisited
The most enduring challenge to Elizabeth S. Goodstein
traditional monotheism is the Fumi Okiji
An internationally famous
problem of evil: God is all-good and philosopher and best-selling A sustained engagement with
all-powerful, and yet evil happens. author during his lifetime, Georg Theodor Adorno, Jazz As
The Prince of This World traces the Simmel has been marginalized Critique looks to jazz for ways of
story of one of the most influential in contemporary intellectual and understanding the inadequacies of
attempts to square this circle cultural history. This neglect belies contemporary life. Adornos writings
the offloading of responsibility for his groundbreaking role in revealing on jazz are notoriously dismissive.
evil onto one of Gods rebellious the theoretical significance of Nevertheless, Adorno does have
creatures. In this striking phenomenaincluding money, faith in the critical potential of
reexamination, the devil emerges gender, urban life, and technology some musical traditions. Music, he
as a theological symbol who helps that subsequently became established suggests, can provide insight into
justify oppression at the hands of arenas of inquiry in cultural theory. the controlling, destructive nature
Christian rulers. And he evolves It further ignores his philosophical of modern society while offering
alongside the biblical God, who at impact on thinkers as diverse as a glimpse of more empathetic and
first presents himself as the liberator Benjamin, Musil, and Heidegger. less violent ways of being together
of the oppressed but ends up a cruel Integrating intellectual biography, in the world. Taking Adorno down
ruler. This is the story, then, of how philosophical interpretation, and a a path he did not go, this book calls
God becomes the devila devil who critical examination of the history attention to an alternative sociality
remains with us in our ostensibly of academic disciplines, this book made manifest in jazz. In response
secular age. restores Simmel to his rightful place to writing that tends to portray it as
This diabolically gripping genealogy as a major figure and challenges a mirror of American individualism
offers a stunning parable of Western the frameworks through which his and democracy, Fumi Okiji makes
politics, religious and secular. With contributions to modern thought the case for jazz as a model of
the ironic wisdom of a postmodern have been at once remembered gathering in difference. Noting that
Beatrice, Kotsko guides us through and forgotten. this mode of subjectivity emerged in
the sequence of hells that leads to response to the distinctive history of
our own. This book does more than contribute
Catherine Keller, to our understanding of a major black America, she reveals that the
Drew University modern thinker: it offers a fascinating music cannot but call the integrity of
240 pages, 2016 analysis of knowledge formation at the the world into question.
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PHILOSOPHY AND SOCIAL THEORY 7


What Is a Border? What Is Philosophy? Karman
Manlio Graziano Giorgio Agamben A Brief Treatise on Action, Guilt,
and Gesture
The fall of the Berlin Wall, symbol In attempting to answer the
of the bipolar order that emerged question posed by this books title, Giorgio Agamben
after World War II, seemed to Giorgio Agamben does not address What does it mean to be responsible
inaugurate an age of ever fewer the idea of philosophy itself. for our actions? In this brief and
borders. The liberalization and Rather, he turns to the apparently elegant study, Giorgio Agamben
integration of markets, the creation most insignificant of its components: traces our most profound moral
of vast free-trade zones, and the the phonemes, letters, syllables, intuitions back to their roots in
birth of a new political and and words that come together to the sphere of law and punishment.
monetary union in Europe, for make up the phrases and ideas of Moral accountability, human free
instance, all appeared to point in philosophical discourse. A summa, agency, and even the very concept
that direction. Only thirty years of sorts, of Agambens thought, the of cause and effect all find their
later, though, boundaries and book consists of five essays on five origin in the language of the trial,
borders are expanding in number emblematic topics: the Voice, which Western philosophy and
and being reintroduced in the Sayable, the Demand, the theology both transform into the
places where they had virtually been Proem, and the Muse. In keeping paradigm for all of human life.
abolished. Is this an out-of-step, with the authors trademark In his search for a way out of this
deceptive last gasp of national methodology, each essay weaves destructive paradigm, Agamben
sovereignty or the victory of the together archaeological and draws not only on minority opinions
weight of history over the power of theoretical investigations. In within the Western tradition but
place? The fact that borders have the end, there is no universal engages at length with Buddhist
made a comeback, warns Manlio answer to what is an impossible texts and concepts for the first
Graziano, does not mean that they or inexhaustible question, and time. In sum, Karman deepens and
will resolve any problems. His philosophical writinga problem rearticulates of some of Agambens
geopolitical history and analysis Agamben has never ceased to core insights while breaking
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SOCIAL THEORY
The Mystery of Evil The Fire and the Tale The Omnibus Homo Sacer
Benedict XVI and the End of Days Giorgio Agamben Giorgio Agamben
Giorgio Agamben What is at stake in literature? Can Giorgio Agambens Homo Sacer is
In 2013, Benedict XVI became only we identify the fire that our stories one of the seminal works of political
the second pope in the history of have lost but that they strive, at all philosophy in recent decades. A
the Catholic Church to resign from costs, to rediscover? And what is twenty-year undertaking, this
office. In this brief but illuminating the philosophers stone that writers, project is a series of interconnected
study, Giorgio Agamben argues with the passion of alchemists, investigations of staggering
that Benedicts gesture, far from struggle to forge in their word ambition and scope investigating
being solely a matter of internal furnaces? For Giorgio Agamben, the deepest foundations of every
ecclesiastical politics, is exemplary who suggests that the parable is major Western institution and
in an age when the question of the secret model of all narrative, discourse. This single book brings
legitimacy has been virtually left every act of creation tenaciously together for the first time all
aside in favor of a narrow focus on resists creation, thereby giving each nine volumes that make up this
legality. This reflection on the recent work its strength and grace. The groundbreaking project. Each
history of the Church opens out ten essays brought together here volume takes a seemingly obscure
into an analysis of one of the cover works by figures ranging and outdated issue as its starting
earliest documents of Christianity: from Aristotle to Paul Klee and pointan enigmatic figure in
the Second Epistle to the illustrate what urgently drives Roman law, or medieval debates
Thessalonians, which stages a Agambens current research. As is about Gods management of
dramatic confrontation between often the case with his writings, creation, or theories about the
the man of lawlessness and the their especial focus is the mystery origin of the oathbut is always
enigmatic katechon, the power of literature, of reading and writing, guided by questions with urgent
that holds back the end of days. In and of language as a laboratory contemporary relevance.
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MERIDIAN: CROSSING AESTHETICS 9


Haunting History The Off-Screen Whither Fanon?
For a Deconstructive Approach An Investigation of the Studies in the Blackness of Being
to the Past Cinematic Frame David Marriott
Ethan Kleinberg Eyal Peretz Frantz Fanon may be most known
This book argues for a The frame decontextualizes, cutting for his more obviously political
deconstructive approach to the everything that is within it from the writings, but in the first instance, he
practice and writing of history at a continuity of the world and creating was a clinician, a black Caribbean
moment when available forms for a realm we understand as the realm psychiatrist who had the improbable
writing and publishing history are of fiction. The modern theatrical task of treating disturbed and
undergoing radical transformation. stage, framed paintings, the novel, traumatized North African patients
To do so, it explores the legacy the cinematic screenall present us during the wars of decolonization.
and impact of deconstruction on with such framed-off zones. What Investigating and foregrounding the
American historical work; the is outside the frame, what is offstage, clinical system that Fanon devised
current fetishization of lived or off-screen, constitutes the primary in an attempt to intervene against
experience, materialism, and the enigma of the work of art in the negrophobia and anti-blackness, this
real; new trends in philosophy modern age. It is to the historical book rereads his clinical and political
of history; and the persistence of and conceptual significance of this work together, arguing that the two
ontological realism as the dominant off that this book is dedicated are mutually imbricated. For the
mode of thought for conventional and through which it offers a first time, Fanons therapeutic
historians. Arguing that this comprehensive theory of film, a innovations are considered along with
ontological realist mode of thinking concise history of American cinema, his more overtly political and cultural
is reinforced by current analog and a reflection on the place and writings to ask how the crises of war
publishing practices, Ethan significance of film within the arts affected his practice, informed his
Kleinberg advocates for a of modernity in general. politics, and shaped his subsequent
hauntological approach to history ideas. As David Marriott argues, this
In [Peretzs] hands, the off-screen
that follows the work of Jacques becomes the philosophical lynchpin of a combination of the clinical and
Derrida and embraces a past that new way of addressing modern art and political involves a psychopolitics that
is at once present and absent, the poetics of the modern image. is, by definition, complex, difficult,
available and restricted, rather Alessia Ricciardi, and perpetually challenging. He
than a fixed and static snapshot Northwestern University details this psychopolitics from two
of a moment in time. 272 pages, 2017 points of view: that of Fanons
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Sediments of Time Transparency in Theodor Adorno and the
On Possible Histories Postwar France Century of Negative Identity
Reinhart Koselleck A Critical History of the Present Eric Oberle
Translated and Edited by Stefanos Geroulanos Identity has become a central
Sean Franzel and feature of national conversations. We
This book offers a panorama of
Stefan-Ludwig Hoffmann postwar French thought where have learned to think positively in
Sediments of Time features the attempts to show the perils of terms of identity when it comes to
most important essays by renowned transparency in politics, ethics, and personal freedom, social rights, and
German historian Reinhart Koselleck knowledge led to major conceptual group membership and negatively
not previously available in English, inventions. Between 1945 and 1985, when it comes to discrimination,
several of them essential to his academics, artists, revolutionaries, bias, and hate crimes. Turning
theory of history. The volume sheds and state functionaries spoke of to the Frankfurt School and
new light on Kosellecks crucial transparency in pejorative terms. drawing on Isaiah Berlins famous
concerns, including his theory of Associating it with the prying eyes distinction between positive and
sediments of time; his theory of of totalitarian governments, they negative liberty, Theodor Adorno
historical repetition, duration, and undertook a critical project against and the Century of Negative Identity
acceleration; his encounters with itin education, policing, social considers the history of positive and
philosophical hermeneutics and psychology, economic policy, and negative identity and its expanding
political and legal thought; his the management of information. application. The result is an
concern with the limits of historical Focusing on Sartre, Lacan, examination of those parts of our
meaning; and his views on historical Canguilhem, Lvi-Strauss, modern identity that describe
commemoration, including that Leroi-Gourhan, Foucault, Derrida, domination, alterity, ontologized
of the Second World War and the and others, this book explores the conflict, and victim-blaming.
Holocaust. A critical preface work of ethicists who proposed that Covering the period of the Frankfurt
addresses some of the challenges and individuals are transparent neither Schools American exile, Eric
potentials of Kosellecks reception in to each other nor to themselves and Oberle examines how the critique
the Anglophone world. philosophers who clamored for new of racism, authoritarianism, and
epistemological foundations. hard-right agitation influenced the
Koselleck put the concepts of
experience, waiting, and repetition at self-conception of both Americans
This extremely impressive semiotic
the center of his thought. In the midst history challenges us to think about and Germans and considers how a
of todays intellectual confusion, his texts, their contexts, and our present new form of politics, based not on
work presents a major benchmark. in fascinating new ways. interest but on defining an Other,
Franois Hartog, Camille Robcis, has shaped our everyday language,
author of Regimes of Historicity Cornell University institutions, and social world.
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CULTURAL MEMORY IN THE PRESENT 11


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The Gist of Reading
Andrew Elfenbein
What happens to books as they
live in our long-term memory?
Why do we find some books
entertaining and others
not? And how does literary
influence work on writers in
different ways? Grounded
in the findings of empirical
psychology, this book amends
classic reader-response theory
and attends to neglected
aspects of reading that cannot
be explained by traditional
literary criticism. Reading
The Story of Reason in Islam arises from a combination of two kinds of mental work:
Sari Nusseibeh automatic and controlled processes. Automatic processes, such
Sari Nusseibeh narrates a sweeping as the ability to see visual symbols as words, are the result of
intellectual historya quest for constant practice; controlled processes, such as predicting what
knowledge inspired by the Quran might occur next in a story, arise from readers conscious use
and its language, a quest that of skills and background knowledge. When we read, automatic
employed Reason in the service of and controlled processes work together to create the gist of
Faith. Eschewing the conventional
separation of Faith and Reason, he
reading, the constant interplay between these two kinds of
takes a fresh look at why and how processes. Andrew Elfenbein not only explains how we read
Islamic reasoning evolved over today but also uses current knowledge about reading to
time. Reason reached its zenith consider readers of past centuries, arguing that understanding
in the early seventeenth century gist is central to interpreting the social, psychological, and
and then trailed off, leading to a political impact of literary works. The result is the first major
less flexible Islam. Nusseibehs
revisionary account of reading practices in literary criticism
speculations as to why this
occurred focus on the fortunes since the 1970s.
and misfortunes of classical Arabic Deftly combining research from cognitive psychology with
in the Islamic world. Change, he historical insight and careful literary criticism, Andrew Elfenbein
suggests, may only come from the argues that everyday reading practices are more complex than
revivification of language itself. most literary scholars have imagined and that literary reading is
Engagingly written and ambitious. not particularly a special case of reading practices.
Novel in approach and mindful G. Gabrielle Starr,
of the concerns of the present, President, Pomona College
this book focuses not only on the
story of philosophy but also on the The Gist of Reading fills a niche, establishes new ideas and
hermeneutics of scripture, the conclusions, and is itself a pleasure to read.
understanding of the arts and David Rapp,
sciences, and the relation between Northwestern University
law and ethics.
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IN THE PRESENT
Plain Text Literary Primitivism Archaeology of Babel
The Poetics of Computation Ben Etherington The Colonial Foundation
of the Humanities
Dennis Tenen Primitivism has long been accepted
as a transhistorical tendency of the Siraj Ahmed
This book challenges the ways
we read, write, store, and retrieve civilized to idealize that primitive For more than three decades,
information in the digital age. condition against which they define preeminent scholars in comparative
Computersfrom electronic books themselves. In the modern era, this literature and postcolonial studies
to smart phonesplay an active role has been a matter of the West have called for a return to philology
in our social lives. Our technological projecting its primitivist fantasies as the indispensable basis of critical
choices thus entail theoretical and onto non-Western others. Arguing method in the humanities. Against
political commitments. Dennis instead that primitivism was an such calls, this book argues that the
Tenen takes up todays strange aesthetic mode produced in reaction privilege philology has always enjoyed
enmeshing of humans, texts, and to the apotheosis of European within the modern humanities silently
machines to argue that our most imperialism, and that the most reinforces a colonial hierarchy.
ingrained intuitions about texts intensively primitivist literary works Tracing an unacknowledged history
are profoundly alienated from the were produced by imperialisms that extends from British Orientalist
physical contexts of their intellectual colonized subjects, this book Sir William Jones to Palestinian
production. Drawing on a range of overturns basic assumptions of the American intellectual Edward Said
primary sources from both literary last two generations of literary and beyond, Archaeology of Babel
theory and software engineering, he scholarship. Ben Etherington reveals the extent to which even
makes a case for a more transparent contends that primitivism was an postcolonial studies and European
practice of humancomputer important, if vexed, utopian project philosophy are the progeny of colonial
interaction. Plain Text is thus a rather than a form of racist discourse, rule. It unearths the alternate concepts
rallying call, a frame of mind. It a mode that emerged only when of language and literature that were
reminds us that our devices also modern capitalism was at the point lost along the way and issues a call for
encode specific modes of governance of subsuming all human communities humanists to reckon with the politics
and control that must remain into itself. The first overview of this of philological practices.
available to interpretation. vast topic in forty years, Literary
An important, scintillating study.
Primitivism maps out previous Archaeology of Babel reappraises
This is a sharp and imaginative scholarly paradigms, provides a
contribution to the debates around the historical roots of philology and
what it means to produce, read, succinct and readable account of encourages readers to re-imagine
and process texts in the era of its own methodology, and presents our present.
digital culture. critical readings of Csaire, Fanon, Talal Asad,
Matthew Fuller, Lawrence, McKay, and others. The Graduate Center, CUNY
Goldsmiths, University of London,
280 pages, 2017
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Uncle Tom The History of The Experimental
From Martyr to Traitor Missed Opportunities Imagination
Adena Spingarn British Romanticism and the Literary Knowledge and Science
Foreword by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Emergence of the Everyday in the British Enlightenment
From his origins as the Christ-like William H. Galperin Tita Chico
protagonist of Harriet Beecher Stowes Through close engagement with Challenging the two cultures
anti-slavery novel (1852), Uncle Tom the work of Wordsworth, Austen, debate, The Experimental Imagination
has become a widely recognized and Byron, The History of Missed tells the story of how literariness came
epithet for a black person deemed so Opportunities posits that the to be distinguished from science as
subservient to whites that he betrays everyday first emerged as a distinct a source of truth about the natural
his race. Adena Spingarn offers the category of experience, or first and social worlds in the British
first comprehensive account of this became thinkable, in the Romantic Enlightenment. Tita Chico shows
figure in the American imagination, period. Conceived here as something that early science relied on what she
demonstrating his centrality to overlooked and only noticed in calls literary knowledge to present its
American conversations about race retrospect, the everyday not experimental findings. More radically,
and racial representation from 1852 only becomes subject matter for she contends that science was made
to the present. We learn of the radical Romanticism, it also structures intellectually possible because its
political potential of the novels Romantic poetry, prose, and main discoveries and technologies
many theatrical spinoffs, its changing writing habits. Consciousness of the could be articulated in literary terms.
fortunes in the postCivil War and everyday entails a new relationship While early scientists deployed
Jim Crow eras, and how Tom was to time, as the Romantics turn to the metaphor to describe the phenomena
censored by black cultural figures of history of what might have been. In they defined and imagination to cast
the Harlem Renaissance. Through recounting Romanticisms interest themselves as experimentalists, literary
Uncle Tom, black Americans have in making things recurrently pres- writers used scientific metaphors to
contested the viability of various ent, William H. Galperin positions make the case for the epistemological
strategies for racial progress and the Romantics as precursors to superiority of literary knowledge.
defined the most desirable and twentieth-century thinkers of the With its recourse to imagination as a
harmful images of black personhood everyday, including Heidegger, more reliable source of truth than any
in literature and popular culture. Benjamin, Lefebvre, empirical account, literary knowledge
There are numerous studies of and Cavell. He attends to facilitates a redefinition of authority
Uncle Toms Cabin. This is the richest, Romantic discourse that works at and evidence, as well as of the self
most provocative, and most stylishly cross-purposes with standard and society, implicitly articulating
written of the lot. accounts of both Romanticism the difference that would come to
Benjamin Reiss, Emory University and Romantic subjectivity. distinguish the arts and sciences.
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Other Englands Impossible Modernism Race and Upward Mobility
Utopia, Capital, and Empire in T. S. Eliot, Walter Benjamin, and Seeking, Gatekeeping, and Other
an Age of Transition the Critique of Historical Reason Class Strategies in Postwar America
Sarah Hogan Robert S. Lehman Elda Mara Romn
Other Englands examines the rise Impossible Modernism reads the Mexican American and African
of the early English utopia in the writings of Walter Benjamin and American cultural productions have
context of emergent capitalism. T. S. Eliot to examine the relationship seen a proliferation of upward mobility
Beginning with the paradigmatic between literary and historical narratives. Surveying literature, film,
popular utopias of Thomas More form during the Modernist period. and television from the 1940s to the
and Francis Bacon but attentive to It focuses particularly on how they 2000s, Elda Mara Romn brings
non-canonical examples from the resisted the forms of narration forth these narratives, untangling how
margins of the tradition, the study established by nineteenth-century they present the intertwined effects
charts a shifting and, by the time of academic historians and turned of capitalism and white supremacy.
the English Revolution, self-critical instead to traditional literary Race and Upward Mobility examines
effort to think communities in deviceslyric, satire, anecdote, how class and ethnicity serve as forms
dynamic socio-spatial forms. and allegoryto reimagine forms of currency in American literature,
Arguing that early utopias have of historical representation. affording people of color material and
been widely misunderstood and Tracing the fraught relationship symbolic wages as they traverse class
maligned as static, finished polities, between poetry and history back divisions. Identifying four recurring
Sarah Hogan makes the case that to Aristotles Poetics and forward to character types, Romn traces how
utopian literature offered readers Nietzsches Untimely Meditations, each models a distinct strategy
and writers a transformational and Robert S. Lehman offers an analysis for negotiating race and class. Her
transitional social imaginary. She of the intellectualhistorical problem comparative analysis advances both
shows how a genre associated with that the two men inherited and a new approach to ethnic literary
imagining systemic alternatives grappled with in their major works. studies and a more nuanced
both contested and contributed The most attentive and sustained understanding of the class-based
to the ideological construction of readings of poetry and criticism complexities of racial identity.
capitalist imperialism. In the early that I have encountered in many A tour de force of intersectional
English utopia, she finds both a years. No reader of this book can fail critique and cultural studies analysis:
precursor to the Enlightenment to admire and learn from Lehmans innovative, imaginative, and an
discourse of political economy and comprehensive erudition within infinitely generative book.
another historical perspective on the the field of Modernist studies George Lipsitz,
and beyond. author of How Racism Takes Place
beginnings and enduring conflicts
Steven Miller, State University of STANFORD STUDIES IN COMPARATIVE
of global capital. New York, Buffalo RACE AND ETHNICITY
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NOW IN PAPERBACK Ninette of Sin Street Ancestral Tales
American Terror A novella by Vitalis Danon Reading the Buczacz Stories
The Feeling of Thinking in Edited with an introduction and of S. Y. Agnon
Edwards, Poe, and Melville notes by Lia Brozgal and Sarah Alan Mintz
Paul Hurh Abrevaya Stein Written in pieces over the last
If America is a nation founded Published in Tunis in 1938, Ninette fifteen years of his life and published
upon Enlightenment ideals, then of Sin Street is one of the first works posthumously, S. Y. Agnons A
why are so many of its most of Tunisian fiction in French. City in Its Fullness is an ambitious,
celebrated pieces of literature so Ninette is an unlikely protagonist: historically rich sequence of stories
dark? American Terror returns to compelled by poverty to work as a memorializing Buczacz, the city
the question of American literatures prostitute, she dreams of a better life of his birth. Agnons epic story
distinctive tone of terror through for her son. Plucky and street-wise, cycle reimagines the daily lives of
a close study of Jonathan Edwards, she enrolls her son in the local Buczaczs Jewish citizens, vividly
Edgar Allan Poe, and Herman school and the story unfolds as preserving the vanished world of
Melville, who not only wrote works she narrates her life to the schools early modern Jewry. Ancestral Tales
of terror but defended, theorized, and headmaster. Ninettes account is shows how this collection marks a
championed it. Combining updated both a classic rags-to-riches tale critical juncture within the Agnon
historical perspectives with close and a subtle, incisive critique of canon. Through close readings
reading, Paul Hurh shows how these French colonialism. This first of the stories against a shifting
authors developed terror as a special English translation includes a historical backdrop, Alan Mintz
literary affect informed by the way selection of Danons letters and an presents a multilayered history of
the concept of thinking becomes, editors introduction to provide the town, along with insight into
in the wake of Enlightenment context for this cornerstone of Agnons fictional transformations.
empiricism, increasingly defined by Judeo-Tunisian letters. Mintz shows how Agnons Buczacz
a set of austere mechanic processes, is at once innovative in its form of
Vitalis Danons Ninette seems remembrance and deeply rooted in
such as the scientific method and the almost too good to be true: a
algebraic functions of analytical pioneering, charming Franco-Tunisian Jewish tradition.
logic. Rather than trying to find a novella that manages to present us Insightful, complex, and yet utterly
feeling that would transcend with the voice of one indefatigable, accessible. This will remain the key
thinking by subtending reason to unforgettable Jewish woman and, text for understanding Agnons last
emotion, these writers found in through her, the complexities of Jewish endeavor and the universe contained
terror the feeling of thinking, the life in a North African city. within its covers. A tremendous
accomplishment.
peculiar feeling of reasons authority Josh Lambert,
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LITERARY STUDIES
Inscrutable Belongings Figuring Korean Futures Elusive Lives
Queer Asian North Childrens Literature in Gender, Autobiography, and the
American Fiction Modern Korea Self in Muslim South Asia
Stephen Hong Sohn Dafna Zur Siobhan Lambert-Hurley
Inscrutable Belongings considers This book is the story of the Muslim South Asia is widely thought
narrative strategies in queer Asian emergence and development of of as a culture that idealizes female
North American literature through writing for children in twentieth- anonymity. However, Siobhan Lambert-
extended readings of texts involving century Korea. The child audience Hurley highlights an elusive strand of
LGBTQ Asian North American was perceived as unique because female autobiographical writings dating
storytellers. Despite many antagonistic of a new concept: the child-heart, back several centuries throughout
forces, these works protagonists the perception that the childs body the region to make a case against this
achieve a revolutionary form of and mind rested on the threshold common assumption. She argues
narrative centrality through the defiant of culture. Reading childrens that these women were consciously
act of speaking out, recounting their periodicals against the political, rejecting their muted existence and
survival plots, and enduring to the educational, and psychological offers their voices as evidence of a
very last page. These feats are made discourses of their time, Dafna Zur new lens through which to study the
possible through their construction argues that the figure of the child neglected genre of Muslim South
of alternative social structures was particularly favorable to Asian autobiography more generally.
Sohn calls inscrutable belongings. the project of modernity and The book is based on texts from the
Collectively, the texts confront a nation-building, as well as to the sixteenth century to the present,
broad range of issues, including colonial and postcolonial projects drawing on materials from Muslim
interracial desire, the HIV/AIDS of socialization and nationalization. communities all over the Indian
epidemic, transnational mobility, Figuring Korean Futures reveals the subcontinentpresent-day Pakistan
and postcolonial trauma. In these complex ways in which the child and Bangladesh, Delhi, Bombay,
narratives, Asian North American became a driving force of nostalgia Calcutta, Rampur, Bhopal, Hyderabad,
queer people are often excluded from that stood in for aspirations for the and Mysore. Drawing on a wide
normative family structures and individual, family, class, and nation. array of well over 200 original texts,
must contend with multiple histories A remarkable achievement. The Lambert-Hurley uncovers patterns
of oppression, erasure, and physical book gives welcome new insights across time and place.In doing so, she
violence. For such writers and their into colonial modernity and astutely works toward a theoretical model for
imagined communities, questions illuminates some of the most reading gender, autobiography, and
of survival, kinship, and narrative fundamental concerns of the the self in texts that have long-defied
development are more than represen- colonial period. Euro-American analysis.
Karen Thornber,
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Fact in Fiction Sonic Intimacy Arresting Cinema
1920s China and Ba Jins Family Voice, Species, Technics (or, How Surveillance in Hong Kong Film
Kristin Stapleton to Listen to the World) Karen Fang
In Fact in Fiction, Kristin Stapleton
Dominic Pettman In Arresting Cinema, Karen Fang
puts Ba Jins bestseller, Family, Sonic Intimacy asks us whoor delivers a unifying account of Hong
into full historical context, both whatdeserves to have a voice, Kong cinema that draws upon its
to illustrate how it successfully beyond the human. Arguing that renowned crime films and other
portrays human experiences our ears are far too narrowly unique genres to demonstrate Hong
during the 1920s and to reveal its attuned to our own species, the Kongs view of surveillance. She
historical distortions. She focuses book explores four different types argues that Hong Kongs films
on Chengdu, China, Ba Jins of voices: the cybernetic, the display a tolerance ofand even
birthplace and the setting for gendered, the creaturely, and opportunism towardconstant
Family, which was also a cultural the ecological. Through both a observation, unlike the fearful view
and political center of western conceptual framework and a series prevalent in the West. These films
China. The citys richly preserved of case studies, Dominic Pettman show a more crowded, increasingly
archives allow for an intimate tracks some of the ways in which economically stratified, and
portrait of a city that seemed these voices intersect and interact, postnational world that nevertheless
far from the center of national demonstrating how intimacy is offers an aura of hopeful futurity.
politics of the day but clearly forged through the ear. Taken However, many surveillance cinema
felt the forces ofand contributed together, the manifold, material, studies focus solely on European and
tothe turbulent stream of actual voices of the world are Hollywood films. Only by exploring
Chinese history. a complex cacophony that is Hong Kong surveillance film can
This book is beautifully written desperately trying to tell us we begin to shape a truly global
and a real pleasure to read. A useful something about the rapidly understanding of Hitchcocks rear
complement to Family, it is an failing health of the planet and its window ethics.
instructive example of how to read inhabitants. As Pettman cautions, Innovative, refreshing, and yes,
literary sources with attention to their we would do well to listen. arresting. Fangs analysis offers an
motivation and historical context. essential complement to Western
Henrietta Harrison, A perceptive, engaging, and clever
set of meditations on a topic of scholarship on cinema and
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