Xamissa is a book-length poem that sounds out the city of Cape Town in a joyful elegy for the city of alternate takes. Xamissa adapts the mythical name for the springs and streams running...
Edited by Drew S. Burk
This book contributes to the environmental humanities field by offering an analysis of the Anthropocene fantasy: the idea that the Anthropocene is an opportunity to remake our terrestrial environment thanks to the power of technology. The author argues that the earth always escapes the human desire to remake and master it.
Edited by Marissa Gemma
Claims advertising is nothing but a metaphysical hypothesis about the moral nature of things: objects aren't purely physical or economical entities. Any object, regardless of its nature, can become a complex of possible happiness—not just an object of value, but a moral source of perfection for any one of us.
Interweaves visual and performance theory with memory and affect studies to develop the theory of memory mapping, defined as the visual process of representing the affective, sensorial, polyvocal, and temporally layered relationship between past and present, anchored within the specificities of place.
Under Representation argues that the relation between the concepts of freedom and universality and modernity’s racial order is grounded in aesthetic philosophy. Late Enlightenment aesthetics provide the conditions of possibility for universal human subjecthood by forging a “racial regime of representation” whose genealogy runs from Kant to Adorno and Benjamin.
This volume invokes the “postcolonial contemporary” in order to recognize and reflect upon the emphatically postcolonial character of the contemporary conjuncture, as well as to inquire into whether postcolonial criticism can adequately grasp it.
This volume represents the first collection of essays devoted exclusively to Jacques Derrida's Death Penalty Seminars, conducted from 1999-2001. The volume includes essays from a range of scholars working in philosophy, law, Francophone studies, and comparative literature, including established Derridians, activist scholars, and emerging scholars.
Reified Life delineates how financial and neoliberal capitalism, digital and bioengineering technologies are remaking historical concepts of the human, and documents their effects on culture, human rights, language and literature.
Edited by Elizabeth O. Venditto
The story of Celso Cesare Moreno who traveled the world lying, scheming, and building an extensive patron/client network to expand western trade and imperialism in Asia, traffick migrant workers and children in the Atlantic, influence the fate of Hawaii, and meddle in international affairs during a critical era of imperial expansion.
In this provocative book, Frank Donoghue shows how this growing corporate culture of higher education threatens its most fundamental values by erasing one of its defining features: the tenured professor.
Situational and wartime constructions of "Patriotism" and "Loyalty" shaped American discourse and actions throughout the Civil War. While most scholarly work on Civil War Era nationalism has focused on southern identity and Confederate nationhood, this volume examines the variable, fluid constructions of these concepts in the Civil War Era North.
Our Country explores northern evangelical thought and sentiment regarding the concept of Union during the Civil War and Reconstruction. A primary aim of the book is to shift our focus back toward the Union’s importance in relation to northern understanding during the Civil War-era.
“What one cannot compute, one must poetize.” So concludes this remarkable sequence of propositions on the centrality of poetry for what we call cognition. Developed through brief, lucid, and...
On the Nature of Marx’s Things traces to Marx’s earliest writings a Lucretian practice that Lezra calls necrophilological translation.
Finance Fictions examines the tension between psychosis and realism in the contemporary finance novel and shows that compared to earlier instances of the genre (Wolfe; Ellis), the 21st-century finance novel (Alger; Harris; Houellebecq; Lerner) develops a new realist approach to a contemporary economy of financial instruments and automated trading.
Perhaps no function of the press is as important as being a watchdog over the government. Based on the first content analysis to focus specifically on accountability journalism nationally, this book shows how American newspapers held fast to the watchdog role in the digital age, despite financial and technological challenges.
The Eclipse of the Utopias of Labor brings together a series of essays bridging intellectual history and the history of the body tracing the shift from the eighteenth-century concept of man as machine to the late twentieth-century concept of digital organisms. The book looks at the rise and decline of “the great utopias of labor” in the first half of the twentieth century.
Alegal traces the trans-Pacific biopolitics between a postwar American empire of military bases and postcolonial Japan that secured Okinawa as a U.S. military fortress. It shows how both managed sex in its base towns from 1945 to 2015, and elucidates the potential for Okinawan insurgency in response to this collaboration.
People's Car studies divergent populist responses to land acquisition for industries in rural India. It contends that landownership enables small landowners to aspire and look forward to social mobility in the non-farm sector, which are contingent upon industrialization. The protests against land acquisition, thus, have contradictory tendencies.
As one of the most complexly divisive periods in American history, Reconstruction has been the subject of a rich scholarship. Historians have studied the period’s racial views, political maneuverings,...
Essays by major contemporary figures in political philosophy, anthropology, and cultural studies presenting an original reflection on the question what is a particular concept (classic concepts in politics as well as newly politicized concepts) and asking what sort of work a rethinking of that concept can do for us now.
Calling into question the Cold War perspective that continued to permeate analyses of radicalism long after the fall of the Soviet Union, this study examines young Depression-Era radicals’ worldview—a worldview developed from the epicenter of young radical activism and ideology: New York City college campuses.
How is political change possible when even the most radical revolutions only reproduce sovereign power? Via the analysis of the contradictory meanings of stasis, Vardoulakis argues that the opportunity for political change is located in the agonistic relation between sovereignty and democracy and thus demands a radical rethinking.
Possibilities responds to recent calls to imaginatively and creatively theorize an otherwise by showing how collaboration between an anthropologist and a political movement of marginalized peoples – the anti-drug war movement – can disclose new possibilities for being and acting politically.
Through close readings of literary and cultural texts, proposes to recalibrate readings of Francophone Maghrebi literature and their critical methodologies in light of Mediterranean Studies.