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Shakesplish The Long Public Life of a History in Financial Times
How We Read Short Private Poem Amin Samman
Shakespeare’s Language Reading and Remembering
Critical theorists of economy tend
Paula Blank Thomas Wyatt
to understand the history of market
Shakespeare may have written in Peter Murphy society as a succession of distinct
Elizabethan English, but when Thomas Wyatt didn’t publish “They stages. This vision of history rests on
we read him, we can’t help but Flee from Me.” It was written in a a chronological conception of time
understand his words, metaphors, notebook, maybe abroad, maybe whereby each present slips into the
and syntax in relation to our own. even in prison. Today it is in every past so that a future might take its
Until now, explaining the powers poetry anthology. How did it survive? place. This book argues that the linear
and pleasures of the Bard’s language That is the story Peter Murphy tells— mode of thinking misses something
has meant returning it to its original in vivid and compelling detail—of crucial about the dynamics of
linguistic and rhetorical contexts. the accidents of fate that kept a great contemporary capitalism. Rather
Countless excellent studies may poem alive across 500 turbulent years. than each present leaving a set
mention the presumptions of Wyatt’s sonnet becomes an occasion past behind it, the past continually
modern readers, but their goal is to ask and answer numerous questions circulates through and shapes the
to correct and invalidate any false about literature, culture, and history. present, such that historical
impressions. Shakesplish is the first Itself about the passage of time, it change emerges through a shifting
book devoted to our experience as allows us to consider why anyone panorama of historical associations,
modern readers of Early Modern would write such a thing in the first names, and dates. The result is a
English. Drawing on translation place, and why anyone would care to strange feedback loop between
theory and linguistics, Paula Blank read or remember the person who now and then, real and imaginary.
argues that for us, Shakespeare’s wrote it. From the deadly, fascinating Demonstrating how this idea can
language is a hybrid composed of world of Henry VIII’s court to the give us a better purchase on financial
errors in comprehension—and contemporary classroom, The Long capitalism in the post-crisis era,
that such errors enable, rather than Public Life of a Short Private Poem History in Financial Times traces the
hinder, some of the pleasures we also introduces us to a series of worlds. diverse modes of history production
take in his language. Investigating We meet antiquaries, editors, at work in the spheres of financial
how and why it strikes us, by turns, publishers, anthologizers, and critics journalism, policymaking, and
as beautiful, funny, sexy, or smart, whose own life stories beckon. And popular culture. Paying particular
she shows how, far from being we learn how the poem came to be attention to narrative and to notions
the fossilized remains of an older considered, after many centuries of of crisis, recurrence, and revelation,
idiom, Shakespeare’s English is neglect, a model of the “best” English Amin Samman gives us a novel take
also our own. has to offer. on the relation between historical
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The Time of Money The Political Theory of Capital and Time
Lisa Adkins Neoliberalism For a New Critique of
Neoliberal Reason
Speculation is often associated with Thomas Biebricher
financial practices, but The Time Martijn Konings
Neoliberalism has become a dirty
of Money makes the case that it word. Yet the term remains necessary Capital and Time advances an
not be restricted to the financial for understanding the varieties of understanding of economy as a
sphere. It argues that the expansion capitalism across space and time. process whereby patterns of order
of finance has created a distinctive Arguing that neoliberalism is widely emerge out of the interaction of
social world, one that demands a misunderstood when reduced speculative investments. Progressive
speculative stance toward life in to a doctrine of markets and critics have assumed that the
general. Speculation changes our economics alone, this book shows state occupies a neutral, external
relationship to time and organizes that it has a political dimension position from which it can step in
our social worlds to maximize that we can reconstruct and to constrain speculative behaviors.
productive capacities around flows critique. By examining the views On the contrary, Martijn Konings
of money. Defining features of our of state, democracy, science, and argues, the state has always been
age are hardwired to speculative politics in the work of six major deeply implicated in the speculative
practices—stagnant wages, figures—Eucken, Röpke, Rüstow, dynamics of economic life.
indebtedness, the centrality of Hayek, Friedman, and Buchanan— Through these insights, he offers
women’s earnings to the household, The Political Theory of Neoliberalism a new interpretation of both the
workfarism, and more. Examining offers the first comprehensive economic problems that emerged
five features of our contemporary account of the varieties of neoliberal during the 1970s and the way that
economy, Lisa Adkins moves political thought. The book also neoliberalism responded to them.
beyond claims that indebtedness is interprets recent neoliberal reforms Neoliberalism’s strength derives
intrinsic to contemporary life and of the European Union to diagnose from its intuition that there is no
vague declarations that the social contemporary capitalism more position that transcends the secular
world has become financialized. She generally. The latest economic logic of risk and from its insistence
delivers a precise examination of the crises hardly brought the neoliberal that individuals actively engage that
relation between finance and society, era to an end. Instead, as Thomas logic. Not only is the critique of
one that is rich in empirical and Biebricher shows, we are witnessing speculation misleading as a general
analytical detail. an authoritarian liberalism whose approach, it is also incapable of
240 pages, 2018 reign has only just begun. recognizing how American
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capitalism has come to embrace
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to generate new kinds of order
and governance.
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Categorically Famous Provisional Avant-Gardes Vicious Circuits
Literary Celebrity and Sexual Little Magazine Communities Korea’s IMF Cinema and the End
Liberation in 1960s America from Dada to Digital of the American Century
Guy Davidson Sophie Seita Joseph Jonghyun Jeon
The first sustained study of the What would it mean to be In December of 1997, the International
relations between literary celebrity avant-garde today? Arguing against Monetary Fund announced the
and queer sexuality, Categorically the notion that the avant-garde is largest bailout package in its history,
Famous looks at the careers of three dead or confined to historically aimed at stabilizing the South Korean
celebrity writers–James Baldwin, “failed” movements, this book economy in response to a major credit
Susan Sontag, and Gore Vidal–in offers a more dynamic theory of and currency crisis. Vicious Circuits
relation to the gay and lesbian avant-gardes, one that is more examines what it terms “Korea’s
liberation movement of the 1960s. inclusive and that accounts for how IMF Cinema,” the decade of cinema
While none of these writers “came they work in our present. Innovative following that crisis, to consider the
out” in our current sense, all in approach, Provisional Avant- transformations of global political
contributed to a greater openness Gardes focuses on the medium of the economy at the end of the American
toward homosexuality. Their fame little magazine—from early Dada century. It argues that the cinema
was crucial, for instance, to the experiments to feminist, queer, and that emerged after South Korea’s
growing conception of homosexuals digital publishing networks—to worst-ever economic crisis was
as an oppressed minority rather than understand avant-gardes as preoccupied with economic
as individuals with a psychological provisional and heterogeneous phenomena. As the quintessentially
problem. Challenging scholarly communities. Paying particular corporate art form, film in this
orthodoxies, Guy Davidson urges us attention to neglected women writers, context became a site for thinking
to rethink the opposition to liberation artists, and editors alongside more through the global political economy
and to visibility within queer studies canonical figures, it shows how in the transitional moment of
as well as standard definitions of the study of little magazines can American decline and Chinese
celebrity. The careers of the “semi- change our views of literary and art ascension. An explicit focus of state
visible” gay celebrities discussed history while shedding new light on economic policy, IMF Cinema
here mark a crucial halfway point individual careers. Sophie Seita also not only depicted the economy, it
between the era of the open secret demonstrates a new methodology embodied it. The book’s window on
and the present-day post-liberation for writing about avant-garde Korea offers a peripheral but crucial
era in which queer people, celebrities practice across time and addresses perspective on late U.S. hegemony
very much included, are enjoined fundamental questions about the and the contradictions that
to come out. intersections of aesthetic form and ultimately corrode it.
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POST*45 5
Remainders Maximum Feasible Narrowcast
American Poetry at Nature’s 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 mid-century
Acceleration, Remainders examines Stephen Schryer American poets associated with the
an archive of postwar American Maximum Feasible Participation New Left mobilized tape recording
poetry that reflects on new traces American writers’ contributions as a new form of sonic field research
dimensions of ecological crisis. and responses to the War on Poverty. even as they themselves were being
These poems portray various forms With the 1964 Opportunity Act, the subject to tape-based surveillance.
of remainders—from obsolescent Johnson administration provided a Allen Ginsberg, Charles Olson,
goods and waste products to federal imprimatur for an emerging Larry Eigner, and Amiri Baraka all
atmospheric pollution and melting model of professionalism that sought used recording to contest models of
glaciers—that convey the ecological to eradicate boundaries between time being put forward by dominant
consequences of global economic professionals and their clients—a media and the state, exploring
development. While North American model that appealed to writers, non-monumental time and
ecocriticism has tended to focus especially African American and subverting media schedules of
on narrative forms, Margaret Ronda Chicano/a writers associated with work, consumption, leisure, and
highlights the ways that poetry the cultural nationalisms gaining national crises. Surprisingly, their
explores other dimensions of traction in the 1960s inner city. These methods at once dovetailed with
ecological relationships. The poems writers privileged artistic process those of the state collecting evidence
she considers engage in more over product, rejecting conventions against them and ran up against the
ambivalent ways with the problem that separated writers from their same technological limits. Arguing
of human agency and the limits audiences. Ranging from the 1950s that CIA and FBI “researchers”
of individual perception, and they to the present, the book explores shared unexpected terrain not only
are attuned to the melancholic and how Jack Kerouac, Amiri Baraka, with poets but with famous theorists
damaging aspects of environmental Gwendolyn Brooks, Oscar Zeta such as Fredric Jameson and Hayden
existence in a time of generalized Acosta, Alice Walker, Philip Roth, White, Lytle Shaw reframes the
crisis. Her method, which emphasizes and others exposed the War on status of tape recordings in postwar
the material histories and uneven Poverty’s contradictions during its poetics and challenges notions of
effects of capitalist development, heyday and kept its legacy alive in how tape might be understood as a
models a unique critical approach the decades to come. mode of evidence.
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biospheric catastrophe.
—Carlo Rotella, Boston College
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6 POST*45
The Work of Art in the Age of The Book of Shem Heidegger’s Fascist Affinities
Deindustrialization On Genesis before Abraham A Politics of Silence
Jasper Bernes David Kishik Adam Knowles
A novel account of the relationship Can anyone say anything that has Reexamining the case of one of the
between postindustrial capitalism not already been said about the most famous intellectuals to embrace
and postmodern culture, this book most scrutinized text in human fascism, this book argues that Martin
looks at American poetry and art history? In one of the most radical Heidegger’s politics and philosophy
of the last fifty years in light of the rereadings of the opening chapters of language emerge from a deep
massive changes in people’s working of Genesis since The Zohar, David affinity for the ethno-nationalist
lives. The Work of Art in the Age of Kishik manages to do just that. and anti-Semitic politics of the Nazi
Deindustrialization argues that art The Book of Shem, a philosophical movement. Himself a product of a
and literature not only reflected meditation on the beginning of conservative milieu, Heidegger did
transformations in the workplace but the Bible and the end of the world, not have to significantly compromise
anticipated and may have contributed offers an inspiring interpretation of his thinking to adapt it to National
to them as well, providing some of this navel of world literature. The Socialism but only to intensify certain
the terms through which resistance to six parts of the primeval story— themes within it. Tracing the continuity
labor was expressed. As firms continue God’s creation, the Garden of Eden, of these themes in his lectures, his
to tout creativity and to reorganize Cain and Abel, Noah’s Ark, the magnum opus, Being and Time, and the
in response to this resistance, they first covenant, and the Tower of notorious Black Notebooks, Heidegger’s
increasingly rely on models of labor Babel—come together to address Fascist Affinities argues that if Heidegger
that derive from values and ideas a single concern: How does one was able to align himself so thoroughly
found in the experimental poetry and become the human being that one with Nazism, it was partly because
conceptual art of decades past. is? By closely analyzing the founding his philosophy was predicated upon
text of the Abrahamic religions, this fundamental forms of silencing and
“The intelligence at work here is
scintillating without ever being merely short treatise rethinks some of their exclusion. Avoiding the easy satisfaction
flashy, and Bernes’s readings of poetry, deepest convictions. With a mixture of banishing Heidegger from the
history, and the relations between the of reverence and violence, Kishik’s philosophical realm so indebted to his
two are compelling.” creative commentary demonstrates work, Adam Knowles asks whether
—Michael Bérubé, the post-secular implications of a pre- what drove Heidegger to Nazism
Pennsylvania State University Abrahamic position. A translation in the first place might continue to
of the Hebrew source, included as haunt the discipline. In the context of
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endless layers of presuppositions regimes, can contemporary philosophy
about its meaning. ensure itself of its immunity?
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Neoliberalism’s Demons Unpublished Fragments Unpublished Fragments
On the Political Theology of from the Period of Thus (Spring 1885–Spring 1886)
Late Capital Spoke Zarathustra (Summer Volume 16
Adam Kotsko 1882–Winter 1883/84) Friedrich Nietzsche
Neoliberalism is usually considered Volume 14 Translated, with an Afterword,
an economic policy agenda, but Friedrich Nietzsche by Adrian Del Caro
Neoliberalism’s Demons argues that it Translated, with an Afterword, by This volume provides the first
is much more than that. A complete Paul S. Loeb and David F. Tinsley English translation of all Nietzsche’s
worldview, neoliberalism presents unpublished notes from the period
Edited by Alan D. Schrift
the competitive marketplace as the in which he wrote his breakthrough
model for true human flourishing,
and Duncan Large
philosophical books Beyond Good
transforming every aspect of our This volume provides the first and Evil and On the Genealogy of
shared social life. English translation of Nietzsche’s Morality. Keen to reinvent himself
unpublished notebooks from the after Thus Spoke Zarathustra, the
The book explores the sources of
period in which he was composing philosopher used these notes to chart
neoliberalism’s remarkable success
the book that he considered his best his search for a new philosophical
and the roots of its current decline.
and most important work, Thus voice. The notebooks reveal his deep
Neoliberalism’s appeal is its promise
Spoke Zarathustra. Here, in nuce, concern for Europe and its future
of unfettered free choice, but that
appear Zarathustra’s teaching about and a burgeoning presence of the
freedom is a trap. If we choose
the death of God; his discovery that Dionysian. We learn what Nietzsche
rightly, we ratify our own exploitation.
the secret of life is the will to power; was reading and from whom he
If we choose wrongly, we are
and his most profound and most borrowed, and we find considerable
demonized as the cause of social
frightening thought—that his own notes and fragments from the
ills. By tracing the political and
life, human history, and the entire non-book “Will to Power.” Richly
theological roots of the neoliberal
cosmos will eternally return. annotated and accompanied by a
concept of freedom, Adam Kotsko
offers a fresh perspective, one that The Complete Works of detailed translator’s afterword, this
emphasizes the dynamics of race, Friedrich Nietzsche landmark volume sheds light on
gender, and sexuality. He accounts 480 pages, March 2019
the controversy surrounding the
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arguing that, far from breaking with The Complete Works of
the neoliberal model, it actually Friedrich Nietzsche
doubles down on neoliberalism’s
most destructive features. 528 pages, August 2019
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Taking Turns with the Earth Jazz As Critique What Is a Border?
Phenomenology, Deconstruction, Adorno and Black Expression Manlio Graziano
and Intergenerational Justice Revisited
The fall of the Berlin Wall, symbol
Matthias Fritsch Fumi Okiji of the bipolar order that emerged
The environmental crisis, one of the A sustained engagement with after World War II, seemed to
great challenges of our time, tends Theodor Adorno, Jazz As Critique inaugurate an age of ever fewer
to disenfranchise those who come looks to jazz for ways of understanding borders. The liberalization and
after us. Arguing that as temporary the inadequacies of contemporary integration of markets, the creation
inhabitants of the earth, we cannot be life. Adorno’s writings on jazz are of vast free-trade zones, and the birth
indifferent to future generations, this notoriously dismissive. Nevertheless, of a new political and monetary
book draws on phenomenology and Adorno does have faith in the union in Europe, for instance, all
poststructuralism to help us conceive critical potential of some musical appeared to point in that direction.
of moral relations in connection with traditions. Music, he suggests, can Only thirty years later, though,
human temporality. Demonstrating provide insight into the controlling, boundaries and borders are
that moral and political normativity destructive nature of modern society expanding in number and being
emerge with generational time, this while offering a glimpse of more reintroduced in places where they
book proposes two related models of empathetic and less violent ways of had virtually been abolished. Is
intergenerational and environmental being together in the world. Taking this an out-of-step, deceptive last
justice. The first entails a form of Adorno down a path he did not gasp of national sovereignty or the
indirect reciprocity, in which we owe go, this book calls attention to an victory of the weight of history over
future people both because of their alternative sociality made manifest the power of place? The fact that
needs and interests and because we in jazz. In response to writing borders have made a comeback,
ourselves have been the beneficiaries that tends to portray it as a mirror warns Manlio Graziano, does not
of peoples past; the second posits of American individualism and mean that they will resolve any
a generational taking of turns that democracy, Fumi Okiji makes the problems. His geopolitical history
Matthias Fritsch applies to both case for jazz as a model of “gathering and analysis draws our attention
our institutions and to the earth as a in difference.” Noting that this mode to the ground shifting under our
whole. Taking Turns with the Earth of subjectivity emerged in response feet in the present and allows us to
disrupts human-centered notions to the distinctive history of black speculate on what might happen
of terrestrial appropriation and America, she reveals that the music in the future.
sharing to give us a new continental cannot but call the integrity of
philosophical account of future- the world into question. Stanfordbriefs
oriented justice. 160 pages, 2018 112 pages, 2018
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The Art of Revolt Judge and Punish Creation and Anarchy
Snowden, Assange, Manning The Penal State on Trial The Work of Art and the
Geoffroy de Lagasnerie Geoffroy de Lagasnerie Religion of Capitalism
When not decried as traitors, Geoffroy de Lagasnerie spent Giorgio Agamben
Edward Snowden, Julian Assange, years sitting in on trials, watching Translated by Adam Kotsko
and Chelsea Manning are seen as individuals were judged and Creation and the giving of orders are
as whistle-blowers whose crucial sentenced for violent crimes. His closely entwined in Western culture,
revelations are meant to denounce experience led to this original where God commands the world
a problem or correct an injustice. reflection on the penal state, into existence and later issues
Yet, for Geoffroy de Lagasnerie, they power, and violence that identifies the injunctions known as the Ten
are much more—they are exemplars a paradox in the way justice is Commandments. The arche, or
who have reinvented an art of revolt. exercised. In order to pronounce a origin, is always also a command,
They have inaugurated a new form judgment, a trial must construct an and a beginning is always the first
of political action and a new identity individualizing story of actors and principle that governs and decrees.
for the political subject. Anonymity their acts; but in order to punish, This is as true for theology, where
as practiced by WikiLeaks and the each act between individuals must God not only creates the world
flight and requests for asylum of be transformed into an aggression but governs through continuous
Snowden and Assange break with against society as a whole, against creation, as it is for the philosophical
traditional forms of democratic the state itself. Combining narratives and political tradition according
protest. As Lagasnerie suggests, of real trials with theoretical to which beginning and creation,
such solitary choices challenge analysis, Judge and Punish shows command and will, together form
classic modes of collective action, that juridical institutions are not a strategic apparatus without
calling old conceptions of the state merely a response to crime. The which our society would fall apart.
and citizenship into question. In criminal trial, a magnifying mirror, Creation and Anarchy aims to
the process, he pays homage to reveals our true condition as deactivate this apparatus through
the actions and lives of these political subjects. a patient archaeological inquiry
three figures. “This groundbreaking work asks the into the concepts of work, creation,
“A striking and radical new big, penetrating questions that will and command. Exploring every
perspective on truth-tellers in the shape the future of justice systems nuance of the arche in search of an
Internet age.” throughout the Western world.” an-archic exit strategy, it points to
—Sarah Harrison, —Jason S. Sexton, a philosophical thought that might
Director of the Courage Foundation Editor, Boom California overthrow both the principle and
and WikiLeaks Associate
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What Is Real? What Is Philosophy? Karman
Giorgio Agamben Giorgio Agamben A Brief Treatise on Action, Guilt,
Translated by Lorenzo Chiesa and Gesture
Eighty years ago, Ettore Majorana,
a brilliant student of Enrico Fermi, In attempting to answer the Giorgio Agamben
disappeared under mysterious question posed by this book’s title, Translated by Adam Kotsko
circumstances while going by ship Giorgio Agamben does not address What does it mean to be responsible
from Palermo to Naples. How is the idea of philosophy itself. Rather, for our actions? In this brief and
it possible that the most talented he turns to the apparently most elegant study, Giorgio Agamben
physicist of his generation vanished insignificant of its components: traces our most profound moral
without leaving a trace? It has long the phonemes, letters, syllables, intuitions back to their roots in the
been speculated that Majorana decided and words that come together to sphere of law and punishment. Moral
to abandon physics, disappearing make up the phrases and ideas of accountability, human free agency,
because he had precociously realized philosophical discourse. A summa, and even the very concept of cause
that nuclear fission would inevitably of sorts, of Agamben’s thought, the and effect all find their origin in the
lead to the atomic bomb. This book book consists of five essays on five language of the trial, which Western
advances a different hypothesis. emblematic topics: the Voice, the philosophy and theology both
Through a careful analysis of Sayable, the Demand, the Proem, transform into the paradigm for all
Majorana’s article “The Value of and the Muse. In keeping with the of human life. In his search for a way
Statistical Laws in Physics and Social author’s trademark methodology, out of this destructive paradigm,
Sciences,” which shows how in each essay weaves together Agamben draws not only on minority
quantum physics reality is dissolved archaeological and theoretical opinions within the Western tradition
into probability, and in dialogue investigations. In the end, there but engages at length with Buddhist
with Simone Weil’s considerations is no universal answer to what is texts and concepts for the first time.
on the topic, Giorgio Agamben an impossible or inexhaustible In sum, Karman deepens and
suggests that, by disappearing into question, and philosophical writing— rearticulates of some of Agamben’s
thin air, Majorana turned his very a problem Agamben has never core insights while breaking
person into an exemplary cipher ceased to grapple with—assumes significant new ground.
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Haunting History The Implicated Subject Being with the Dead
For a Deconstructive Approach Beyond Victims and Perpetrators Burial, Ancestral Politics, and the
to the Past Michael Rothberg Roots of Historical Consciousness
Ethan Kleinberg When it comes to historical violence Hans Ruin
This book argues for a deconstructive and contemporary inequality, none All humans have developed
approach to the practice and writing of us are completely innocent. techniques of caring for and
of history at a moment when available Arguing that the familiar categories communicating with the dead. The
forms for writing and publishing are of victim, perpetrator, and bystander premise of Being with the Dead is
undergoing radical transformation. do not adequately account for our that we can explore our lives with
Ethan Kleinberg explores the legacy connection to injustices past and the dead as an existential a priori
and impact of deconstruction on present, Michael Rothberg offers a out of which the basic forms of
American historical work; the current new theory of political responsibility historical consciousness emerge.
fetishization of lived experience, through the figure of the implicated Care for the dead is not just about
materialism, and the “real”; new subject. The Implicated Subject builds the symbolic handling of mortal
trends in philosophy of history; and on Rothberg’s previous influential remains; it also points to a
the persistence of ontological realism work on memory to engage in the necropolitics, the social bond
as the dominant mode of thought for analysis of cultural texts, archives, between the dead and living that
conventional historians. Arguing and activist movements from such holds societies together—a shared
that this ontological realist mode of contested zones as transitional space where the dead are maintained
thinking is reinforced by current South Africa, contemporary Israel/ among the living. Moving from
analog publishing practices, Kleinberg Palestine, post-Holocaust Europe, mortuary rituals to literary
advocates for a hauntological and a transatlantic realm marked representations, from the problem
approach to history that follows by the afterlives of slavery. As these of ancestrality to technologies
the work of Jacques Derrida and diverse sites of inquiry indicate, the of survival and intergenerational
embraces a past that is at once processes and histories illuminated communication, Hans Ruin
present and absent, available and by implicated subjectivity are legion explores the epistemological, ethical,
restricted, rather than a fixed in our interconnected world. An and ontological dimensions of what
and static snapshot of a moment array of globally prominent artists, it means to be with the dead. His
in time. writers, and thinkers—speak to phenomenological approach to key
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Sediments of Time Whither Fanon? Theodor Adorno and the
On Possible Histories Studies in the Blackness of Being Century of Negative Identity
Reinhart Koselleck David Marriott Eric Oberle
Translated and Edited by Frantz Fanon may be most known Identity has become a central feature
Sean Franzel and for his political writings, but he was of national conversations. We have
Stefan-Ludwig Hoffmann first a clinician, a black Caribbean learned to think positively in terms
Sediments of Time features the most psychiatrist who had the improbable of identity when it comes to personal
important essays by renowned task of treating disturbed and freedom, social rights, and group
German historian Reinhart Koselleck traumatized North African patients membership and negatively when it
not previously available in English, during the wars of decolonization. comes to discrimination, bias, and
several of them essential to his Investigating and foregrounding the hate crimes. Turning to the Frankfurt
theory of history. The volume sheds clinical system that Fanon devised School and drawing on Isaiah Berlin’s
new light on Koselleck’s crucial in an attempt to intervene against famous distinction between positive
concerns, including his theory of negrophobia and anti-blackness, this and negative liberty, Theodor Adorno
sediments of time; his theory of book rereads his clinical and political and the Century of Negative Identity
historical repetition, duration, and work together, arguing that the two considers the history of positive and
acceleration; his encounters with are mutually imbricated. For the first negative identity and its expanding
philosophical hermeneutics and time, Fanon’s therapeutic innovations application. The result is an examination
political and legal thought; his are considered along with his more of those parts of our modern identity
concern with the limits of historical overtly political and cultural writings that describe domination, alterity,
meaning; and his views on historical to ask how the crises of war affected ontologized conflict, and victim-
commemoration, including that his practice, informed his politics, blaming. Covering the period of the
of the Second World War and the and shaped his subsequent ideas. Frankfurt School’s American exile,
Holocaust. A critical preface addresses This combination of the clinical and Eric Oberle examines how the critique
some of the challenges and potentials political involves a psycho-politics of racism, authoritarianism, and
of Koselleck’s reception in the that is, by definition, complex, hard-right agitation influenced the
Anglophone world. difficult, and perpetually challenging. self-conception of both Americans
He details this psycho-politics from and Germans and considers how a
“Koselleck put the concepts of two points of view: that of Fanon’s
experience, waiting, and repetition at new form of politics, based not on
socio-therapy, its diagnostic methods interest but on defining an Other,
the center of his thought. In the midst
of today’s intellectual confusion, his and concepts, and that of Fanon’s has shaped our everyday language,
work presents a major benchmark.” cultural theory more generally. institutions, and social world.
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Transparency in Iconoclasm As Child’s Play Phonopoetics
Postwar France Joe Moshenska The Making of Early Literary
A Critical History of the Present Recordings
During the Reformation, rejected
Stefanos Geroulanos sacred objects were not always Jason Camlot
This book offers a panorama of post burned or broken; they were Phonopoetics tells the story of
war French thought where attempts sometimes given to children as early “talking records” and their
to show the perils of transparency toys. Play is usually seen as free significance for literature from
in politics, ethics, and knowledge and open, while iconoclasm, even the invention of the phonograph
led to major conceptual inventions. to those who deem it necessary, is to the first recorded performances
Between 1945 and 1985, academics, violent and disenchanting. What of modernist works. The book
artists, revolutionaries, and state does it say about wider attitudes challenges assumptions of
functionaries spoke of transparency toward religious violence and playing contemporary criticism by taking
in pejorative terms. Associating it children that these two seemingly the recorded, oral performance
with the prying eyes of totalitarian different activities were sometimes as its primary object of analysis
governments, they undertook one and the same? Drawing and by exploring the convergences
a critical project against it—in on sixteenth-century artifacts, between audio recording
education, policing, social artworks, and texts, as well as on technologies, media formats,
psychology, economic policy, and ancient and modern theories of generic forms, and the institutions
the management of information. iconoclasm and of play, this book and practices surrounding the
Focusing on Sartre, Lacan, argues that the desire to shape and literary. Jason Camlot explains
Canguilhem, Lévi-Strauss, Leroi- interpret the playing of children is the literary significance of these
Gourhan, Foucault, Derrida, and an important cultural force. Not voice artifacts by analyzing early
others, this book explores the work only is this type of iconoclasm a promotional fantasies about the
of ethicists, who proposed that fascinating phenomenon in its own phonograph as a new kind of
individuals are transparent neither right; it has the potential to alter speaker and initiatives to deploy it
to each other nor to themselves, and our understanding of the threshold as a pedagogical tool to heighten
philosophers, who clamored for between the religious and the literary experience. Through
new epistemological foundations. secular, the forms and functions of interpretations of a great variety of
play, and the nature of historical voices and media, his history offers
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Text Technologies Close Reading with Computers The Birth and Death of
A History Textual Scholarship, Literary Theory
Elaine Treharne Computational Formalism, and Regimes of Relevance in Russia
and Claude Willan David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas and Beyond
The field of text technologies is a Martin Paul Eve Galin Tihanov
capacious analytical framework Most contemporary digital studies Until the 1940s, when awareness
that focuses on all textual records are interested in distant-reading of Russian Formalism began to
throughout human history, from paradigms for large-scale literary spread, literary theory remained
the earliest periods of traceable history. This book asks what happens almost exclusively a Russian and
communication—perhaps as early when such telescopic techniques Eastern European invention. The
as 60,000 BCE—to the present day. function as a microscope instead. Birth and Death of Literary Theory
At its core, it examines the material The first monograph to bring a range tells the story of literary theory by
history of communication: what of computational methods to bear on focusing on its formative interwar
constitutes a text, the purposes for a single novel in a sustained fashion, decades in Russia. A comprehensive
which it is intended, how it functions, it focuses on the award-winning and account of every important Russian
and the social ends that it serves. genre-bending Cloud Atlas (2004). trend between the world wars, the
Published in two very different book traces their wider impact in
This coursebook can be used to
versions worldwide without anyone the West during the 20th and 21st
support any pedagogical or research
taking much notice, David Mitchell’s centuries. Ranging from Formalism
activities in text technologies, the
novel is ideal fodder for a textual- and Bakhtin to the legacy of
history of the book, the history of
genetic publishing history, reflections classic literary theory in our post-
information, and textually-based
on micro-tectonic shifts in language deconstruction, world literature era,
work in the digital humanities. Text
by authors who move between Galin Tihanov provides answers
Technologies: A History will enable
genres, and explorations of how we to two fundamental questions:
students and teachers to generate
imagine people wrote in bygone What does it mean to think about
multiple lines of inquiry into how
eras. Though Close Reading with literature theoretically, and what
communication—its production,
Computers focuses on but one novel, happens to literary theory when
form and materiality, and recep-
it has a crucial exemplary function: this option is no longer available?
tion—is crucial to any interpretation
author Martin Paul Eve demonstrates Asserting radical historicity, he
of culture, history, and society.
a set of methods and provides offers us as a time-limited way of
STANFORD TEXT TECHNOLOGIES open-source software tools that reflecting upon literature—not in
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The Border and the Line Race and Upward Mobility Uncle Tom
Race, Literature, and Los Angeles Seeking, Gatekeeping, and Other From Martyr to Traitor
Dean J. Franco Class Strategies in Postwar America Adena Spingarn
Los Angeles is a city of borders and Elda María Román Foreword by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
lines, from the freeways that transect In recent decades, Mexican American From his origins as the Christ-like
its neighborhoods to streets like and African American cultural protagonist of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s
Pico Boulevard that slash across productions have seen a proliferation anti-slavery novel (1852), Uncle
the city from the ocean to the heart of upward mobility narratives. Tom has become a widely recognized
of downtown, creating both Surveying literature, film, and epithet for a black person deemed so
ethnic enclaves and pathways for television from the 1940s to the 2000s, subservient to whites that he betrays
interracial connection. Examining Elda María Román brings forth his race. Adena Spingarn offers the
neighborhoods in east, south these narratives, untangling how first comprehensive account of this
central, and west LA—and their they present the intertwined effects figure in the American imagination,
imaginative representation by of capitalism and white supremacy. demonstrating his centrality to
Chicana, African American, and American conversations about race
Race and Upward Mobility examines
Jewish American writers—this book and racial representation from 1852
how in American literature class
investigates the moral and political to the present. We learn of the radical
and ethnicity afford people of
implications of negotiating space. political potential of the novel’s many
color material and symbolic wages
The Border and the Line takes up theatrical spinoffs, its changing
as they traverse class divisions.
the central conceit of “the neighbor” fortunes in the post–Civil War and
Román traces how four character
to consider how the geography of Jim Crow eras, and how Tom was
types model a distinct strategy for
racial identification and interracial censored by black cultural figures of
negotiating race and class. Her
encounters are represented and the Harlem Renaissance. Through
comparative analysis advances a
even made possible by literary Uncle Tom, black Americans have
more nuanced understanding of
language. Dean J. Franco probes how contested the viability of various
the class-based complexities of
race is formed and transformed strategies for racial progress and
racial identity.
in literature and in everyday life, defined the most desirable and
“A tour de force of intersectional harmful images of black personhood
in the works of Helena María critique and cultural studies analysis:
Viramontes, Paul Beatty, James in literature and popular culture.
innovative, imaginative, and an
Baldwin, and the writers of the infinitely generative book.” “There are numerous studies of
Watts Writers Workshop. —George Lipsitz,
Uncle Tom’s Cabin. This is the
author of How Racism Takes Place richest, most provocative, and most
STANFORD STUDIES IN COMPARATIVE stylishly written of the lot.”
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The Experimental Imagination Other Englands Failures of Feeling
Literary Knowledge and Science in Utopia, Capital, and Empire in Insensibility and the Novel
the British Enlightenment an Age of Transition Wendy Anne Lee
Tita Chico Sarah Hogan This book recovers the curious
Challenging the “two cultures” Other Englands examines the rise history of the “insensible” in the Age
debate, The Experimental Imagination of the early English utopia in the of Sensibility. Contemporary critical
tells the story of how literariness context of emergent capitalism. theory often simplifies or disregards
came to be distinguished from Beginning with the paradigmatic earlier accounts of emotions, while
science as a source of truth about popular utopias of Thomas More eighteenth-century studies has
the natural and social worlds in the and Francis Bacon but attentive to tended to focus on cultural histories
British Enlightenment. Tita Chico non-canonical examples from the of sympathy. Wendy Anne Lee’s
shows that early science relied on margins of the tradition, the study more philosophical inquiry corrects
what she calls literary knowledge to charts a shifting and, by the time of for both of these oversights.
present its experimental findings. the English Revolution, self-critical Proposing a fresh take on emotions
More radically, she contends that effort to think communities in in the history of the novel, Failures
science was made intellectually dynamic socio-spatial forms. Arguing of Feeling opens up literary history’s
possible because its main discoveries hat early utopias have been widely most provocative cases of unfeeling,
and technologies could be articulated misunderstood and maligned as from the iconic scrivener who would
in literary terms. While early scientists static, finished polities, Sarah Hogan prefer not to and the reviled stock
deployed metaphor to describe the makes the case that utopian figure of the prude, to the heroic
phenomena they defined, literary literature offered readers and writers rape survivor, the burnt-out man-
writers used scientific metaphors to a transformational and transitional of-feeling, and the hard-hearted
make the case for the epistemological social imaginary. She shows how Jane Austen. The result is a new
superiority of literary knowledge. a genre associated with imagining theory of mind and of the novel
With its recourse to imagination as systemic alternatives both contested predicated on an essential paradox:
a more reliable source of truth than and contributed to the ideological the very phenomenon that would
any empirical account, literary construction of capitalist imperialism. appear to halt feeling and plot
knowledge facilitates a redefinition In the early English utopia, she actually compels them. Contrary
of authority and evidence, as well finds both a precursor to the to the assumption that fictional
as of the self and society, implicitly Enlightenment discourse of political investment relies on a richness of
articulating the difference that economy and another historical interior life, Lee shows instead
would come to distinguish the arts perspective on the beginnings and that nothing incites the passions
and sciences. enduring conflicts of global capital. like dispassion.
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Literary Primitivism Archaeology of Babel Tubercular Capital
Ben Etherington The Colonial Foundation of Illness and the Conditions of
the Humanities Modern Jewish Writing
Primitivism has long been accepted
as a transhistorical tendency of the Siraj Ahmed Sunny S. Yudkoff
“civilized” to idealize that primitive For more than three decades, Tubercular Capital tells the story of
condition against which they define preeminent scholars in comparative Yiddish and Hebrew writers whose
themselves. The first overview of literature and postcolonial studies lives and work were transformed by
this vast topic in forty years, Literary have called for a return to philology a tubercular diagnosis. Moving from
Primitivism maps out previous as the indispensable basis of critical eastern Europe to the Italian Peninsula,
scholarly paradigms, provides a method in the humanities. Against and from Mandate Palestine to the
succinct and readable account of such calls, this book argues that the Rocky Mountains, Sunny S. Yudkoff
its own methodology, and presents privilege philology has always enjoyed follows writers including Sholem
critical readings of Césaire, Fanon, within the modern humanities Aleichem, Raḥel Bluvshtein, David
Lawrence, McKay, and others. silently reinforces a colonial hierarchy. Vogel, and others as they sought “the
240 pages, 2017 Tracing an unacknowledged history cure” and drew on their experiences
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Sir William Jones to Palestinian Combining archival research with
The Gist of Reading American intellectual Edward Said literary analysis, Yudkoff uncovers how
Andrew Elfenbein and beyond, Archaeology of Babel tuberculosis came to function as an
reveals the extent to which even agent of modern Jewish literature.
Andrew Elfenbein not only explains postcolonial studies and European The illness would provide the means
how we read today but also uses philosophy are the progeny of for these suffering writers to grow
current knowledge about reading to colonial rule. It unearths the alternate their reputations and find financial
consider readers of past centuries, concepts of language and literature backing. It served a central role in
arguing that understanding gist is that were lost along the way the public fashioning of their literary
central to interpreting the social, and issues a call for humanists personas and ushered Jewish writers
psychological, and political impact to reckon with the politics of into a variety of intersecting English,
of literary works. The result is the philological practices. German, and Russian literary
first major revisionary account of traditions. Tracing the paths of these
reading practices in literary criticism “An important, scintillating study,
Archaeology of Babel reappraises writers, Tubercular Capital reconsiders
since the 1970s. the historical roots of philology and the foundational relationship between
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