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HIGHLIGHTS IN LITERARY STUDIES Senses of the Subject

The Problem of the Color Line at the Turn of the Twentieth Century

JUDITH P. BUTLER

The Essential Early Essays W. E. B. DU BOIS Edited by Nahum Dimitri Chandler

“In these eloquent, passionately dialectical, and vertiginous essays Butler relentlessly tracks our being undone by others, by language, by things, by institutions, and the normative formations that hold us upright beyond our standing upright in the writings of, among others, Descartes, Spinoza, Hegel, Merleau-Ponty, Irigaray, and Fanon.”—J.M Bernstein, New School for Social Research “Judith Butler’s reading of major works on the construction of the subject, ranging from Descartes and Spinoza to Irigaray and Fanon, intertwines three projects, which prove intimately related: a symptomatic reading of texts, where the materiality of their writing reveals a permanent uncertainty about the “sovereignty” or “autonomy” that they claim; a phenomenology of the affective “third substance” which, being neither mind nor body, must also encroach on both; and a critique of normative ontological binarisms which, in particular, confuse sexual otherness with a difference of given places. In this account of the latent “sensible” mover of metaphysics, she also gives an account of herself as incarnated thinker, beautifully complex and inventive.”—Étienne Balibar, author of Equalibrity

“Chandler’s collection makes available, for the first time, a systematic, chronological tour of Du Bois’s evolving vision of the global color line, as that vision was developed in the crucial opening years of his publishing life.”—Seth Moglen, Lehigh University “The best exemplar of the deconstructionist line of Du Bois’s work.”—Lewis R. Gordon, University of Connecticut at Storrs and author of An Introduction to Africana Philosophy “Compiled and edited by the world’s preeminent scholar of early Du Boisian thought, these texts represent his most generative period, when Du Bois engaged every discipline, helped construct modern social science, employed critical inquiry as a weapon of antiracism and political liberation, and always set his sights on the entire world.”—Robin D. G. Kelley, author of Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination 400 PAGES, 7 B/W ILLUSTRATIONS 978-0-8232-5455-2 PAPER, $28.00, £17.99 978-0-8232-5454-5 CLOTH, $110.00, £72.00 AMERICAN PHILOSOPHY SIMULTANEOUS ELECTRONIC EDITION AVAILABLE

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The Humanities and Public Life

Edited by Peter Brooks with Hilary Jewett

What Fanon Said

“In The Humanities and Public Life, Peter Brooks has convened a remarkable conversation that explores the crucial contribution of the humanities to the growth of a transnational, interdisciplinary public sphere. Debating the ‘ethics of reading’ from a range of perspectives, his contributors provide a vivid account of the role of language and action in defining new ways of configuring the relation between politics and personhood.”—Homi K. Bhabha, Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of the Humanities, Harvard University “This is a highly original and deeply exhilarating contribution to public debate about the value of the humanities. The scholars convened by Brooks are individually first-rate and diverse in field, representing literary studies, philosophy, political theory, law, and humanistic social science. . . . Stimulating for scholars and non-scholars alike, this book is unique for the range and quality of perspectives it makes available.”—Martha C. Nussbaum, University of Chicago

A Philosophical Introduction to His Life and Thought LEWIS R. GORDON Foreword by Sonia Dayan-Hezbrun Afterword by Drucilla Cornell

“As a careful and systematic analysis of the major controversies that have surrounded the works of Frantz Fanon, this book is a must read. Lewis Gordon delivers on his promise of boldly examining these controversies while at the same time providing a very spirited defense of many of Fanon’s positions. What Fanon Said is now the most comprehensive treatment of the many and ever so intense polemics arising out of Fanon’s works that continue to be fiercely debated.”— Paget Henry, Brown University “A provocative and illuminating study of Fanon’s work.” —Abdul R. JanMohamed, University of California, Berkeley 208 PAGES, 9 B/W ILLUSTRATIONS 978-0-8232-6609-8 PAPER, $22.00, £13.99 978-0-8232-6608-1 CLOTH, $75.00, £49.00 JUST IDEAS SIMULTANEOUS ELECTRONIC EDITION AVAILABLE

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HIGHLIGHTS IN LITERARY STUDIES Literacy Work in the Reign of Human Capital

Communities in Fiction

“Everyone, these days, seems to be an advocate of more and better schools in order to create a more literate workforce. Watkins effectively demonstrates that’s simply not enough—not if we think seriously about literacies and the role they play in reproducing the kinds of economic and social inequalities that have emerged over the course of the past three decades.”—David Ruccio, Professor of Economics, University of Notre Dame

“What brings Communities in Fiction its true distinction is the facility and creativity with which Miller retrofits each of the major artifacts in his purview to his communal ‘reality testing.’ Communities in Fiction is a work utterly remarkable for its mastery, its erudition, its theoretical creativity, and its good sense. This wonderful volume is truly delightful.” —Henry Sussman, Yale University “This is a beautiful, and courageous work.”—Timothy Campbell, Cornell University

EVAN WATKINS

J. HILLIS MILLER

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The Rilke Alphabet

ULRICH BAER Translated by Andrew Hamilton

How to Be an Intellectual

Essays on Criticism, Culture, and the University JEFFREY J. WILLIAMS

“This book is a cornucopia with presents for the reader, one hardly knows which one to open first. It is an inspiring and rich book that draws its readers in from many surprising sides. Each essay stands on its own, offering a fresh perspective on the life and thought of one of the most celebrated German poets of the twentieth century. And yet the whole is greater than the sum of its parts: a rich portrait of Rilke that enlivens his legacy for a new generation.”—Fritz Breithaupt, Indiana University “Ulrich Baer has given us a serious jeu d’esprit with rich results: assured entry, after so many have tried without success, into Rilke’s intellectual and poetic world. Baer’s primer, in both senses of the word, is a triumph of the Horatian ideal: a work full of wit and study, pleasure and instruction. It will make every reader strive to fill in the virtual letters between the letters of Baer’s alphabet as doors to open into Rilke.” —Stanley Corngold, Princeton University

“Jeff Williams makes the case that the university, thanks in part to the dramatic loss of job security for faculty, is no longer marginal to American life, but central to it. His book is compulsively readable, lucid without being populist. It makes you see that while being an intellectual is hard in all sorts of ways, old and new, it’s still worth giving it a try.” —Bruce Robbins, Columbia University “No one has chronicled the lives and times of modern intellectuals as astutely as Jeff Williams. The breadth and depth of this brilliant guidebook to the shifting landscape of the last quarter-century showcases his unparalleled talents as a critic, reporter, editor, scholar, and independent thinker.” —Andrew Ross, New York University 232 PAGES 978-0-8232-6381-3 PAPER, $27.00, £17.99 978-0-8232-6380-6 CLOTH, $95.00, £62.00 SIMULTANEOUS ELECTRONIC EDITION AVAILABLE

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Benjamin’s Passages

Sophistical Practice: Toward a Consistent Relativism

Dreaming, Awakening ALEXANDER GELLEY

“Barbara Cassin’s Sophistical Practice undertakes the Nietzschean task of reappraising the Sophists’ enterprise and the lessons that their ‘other’ conception of the Logos has for us, today: about the long suppressed feminine buried under the orthodox history of philosophy, about language and translation, about the meaning of a transitional justice (of the kind illustrated by post-apartheid South Africa) that demands not the absolute Platonic truth-in-itself but the sophistical ‘enough-truth-for’ restoring communities fractured by hate and strife and giving them the sense of a future. This is a superb work of classical erudition at the service of the reflection on contemporary issues.”—Soulemane Bachir Diagne, Columbia University “To think with Barbara Cassin is a pleasure and a privilege. . . . Her unique readings, combining ancient texts and contemporary theory, breathe new life into everything they touch.”—Bonnie Honig, Brown University

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BARBARA CASSIN

“Alex Gelley’s interpretation of the Passagenwerk is the work of a lifetime concentrated as a gem. While commentaries were multiplying at exponential rate, he kept meditating and researching. The result is a unique resurrection of Benjamin’s practice of “puzzling the world together”, around the antithetic themes of liberating the powers of dream and anticipating the day of awakening. Whoever thought to have understood Benjamin should pause and read Gelley first.” —Étienne Balibar, author of Equaliberty “Alexander Gelley’s book offers an extremely subtle and persuasive reading of Benjamin’s later work, fully attentive to its fragmentary nature but also deftly linking it to all of the writer’s continuing philosophical preoccupations.” —Michael Wood, Princeton University

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EUROPEAN THOUGHT After Fukushima

The End of the World and Other Teachable Moments: Jacques Derrida’s Final Seminar

The Equivalence of Catastrophes JEAN-LUC NANCY Translated by Charlotte Mandell

MICHAEL NAAS

“Naas solidifies his singular place as our most brilliant and incisive scholar of Derrida’s work.”—Jeffrey Nealon, Pennsylvania State University “With his luminous and generous intelligence, Michael Naas makes the task of reading Derrida look easy. But that’s only because, like the finest of teachers, he takes us patiently through the difficulties and countenances bravely the disconcerting turns taken by this final seminar, what he calls its teachable moments. Naas’s clarity of thought, the acuteness of his ear, and the deftness of his writing are gifts that readers appreciate on every page. This book will be indispensable reading from now on for whoever attends to Derrida’s seminars.”—Peggy Kamuf, University of Southern California

“A powerful reflection on our times, our condition, and the fate of our civilization, as revealed by the catastrophe of Fukushima.”—François Raffoul, Louisiana State University “Leave it to Jean-Luc Nancy to take an event like the Fukushima nuclear disaster and turn it into an occasion for rethinking the essence of capitalism, globalization, the fate of the Earth, and the future of democracy.”—Michael Naas, DePaul University 60 PAGES 978-0-8232-6339-4 PAPER, $16.00, £9.99 978-0-8232-6338-7 CLOTH, $65.00, £42.00 SIMULTANEOUS ELECTRONIC EDITION AVAILABLE

Being Nude

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The Skin of Images JEAN-LUC NANCY AND FEDERICO FERRARI Translated by Anne O’Byrne and Carlie Anglemire

What does it mean to be nude? What does the nude do? In a series of constantly surprising reflections, Jean-Luc Nancy and Federico Ferrari encounter the nude as an opportunity for thinking in a way that is stripped bare of all received meanings and preconceived forms. In the course of engagements with twenty-six separate images, the authors show how the nudes produced by painters and photographers expose this bareness of thought and leave us naked on the verge of a sense that is always nascent, always fleeting, on the surface of the skin, on the surface of the image.

NE W I N PAPE RBACK Constellation: Friedrich Nietzsche and Walter Benjamin in the Now-Time of History JAMES MCFARLAND

“Not only does McFarland evince himself as an original and compelling interpreter of Nietzsche and Benjamin. He strings key passages together in such a way that his exegetical performance fans out toward both authors, configuring them in an inexorable interface of shared interpretation and critique.”—Henry Sussman, Yale University

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For Strasbourg

Conversations of Friendship and Philosophy JACQUES DERRIDA Edited and Translated by Pascale-Anne Brault and Michael Naas

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Islam and the Challenge of Civilization ABDELWAHAB MEDDEB Translated by Jane Kuntz

“For Strasbourg makes a superb introduction to Derrida’s ideas and to what might be called his styles of thinking, as well as to their difference from those of Jean-Luc Nancy and Lacoue-Labarthe.”—J. Hillis Miller, University of California, Irvine “This volume gathers some of Derrida’s last texts, from 2002 to 2004, as he was engaged in fascinating discussions with Jean-Luc Nancy and Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe about questions of sovereignty, event, responsibility, friendship, hospitality, singularity, community, the people, the human and animality, and his own relation to Heidegger and to the “Strasbourg school.” More poignantly, Derrida develops extraordinary meditations on death, on his own death, on dying alone or together, on survival and disappearance, on eternity, immortality and finitude, returning to the notions of trace, spectrality, and mourning. This is a moving and extraordinarily rich volume, which reveals Derrida’s final philosophical reflections.”—François Raffoul, Louisiana State University

“It is more urgent than ever to allow a voice such as Meddeb’s to be heard, the voice of an Arab intellectual familiar with both Muslim civilization and Western culture. In this—and thanks to his immense knowledge and open-indedness—he is a precious translator capable of seeing both sides at the same time.”—Marcel Henaff, University of California, San Diego “This is the perfect handbook for deepening our understanding of both the incredible richness through time and the paradoxical present obtuseness of Islamic culture. Meddeb achieves this feat—how clear knowledge can disarm belligerent interpretations of a paradoxical faith—through his elegant and polyphonic use of Qu’ranic exegesis, advanced literary poetics, and a strong sense of democratic citizen politics, all of which are informed by a profound cosmopolitanism able to simultaneously draw on Ibn Arabi’s eclectic Sufism and Voltaire’s secular intellect, among many other sources.”—Pierre Joris, author of The University of California Book of North African Literature

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EUROPEAN THOUGHT Messianic Thought Outside Theology

The Trace of God

Edited by Anna Glazova and Paul North

Derrida and Religion Edited by Edward Baring, and Peter E. Gordon

“This book will change the transdisciplinary field of messianic thought in the most provocative and challenging ways imaginable.”—Thomas Schestag, Brown University “The individual essays in Messianic Thought wonderfully cohere into a true collection, in which a tradition of continental thought from Kant and Benjamin to Derrida and Agamben unfolds and gains new contours; one will want to read it as a whole and not just for the isolated piece.”—Paul Fleming, Cornell University

“Edward Baring and Peter Gordon are to be commended for assembling such a high-quality collection.”—Samir Haddad, Fordham University “Jacques Derrida’s most lasting legacy might well be his writings on religion, which not only restored the dialogue between religion and philosophy but also traced the entanglements of faith and knowledge, sacral and secular. If the perplexed seek a guide, they can do no better than this excellent volume. It explores Derrida’s engagements with religion across the entire span of his career and the vast range of his interests. Bringing together established voices and younger scholars, these essays highlight the complexity and ambiguity of Derrida’s thought and accentuate robust disagreements rather than harmonious consensus.”—Warren Breckman, University of Pennsylvania

Contributors: Lisa Anderson, Catharine Diehl, Peter Fenves, David Ferris, Oleg Gelikmann, Anna Glazova, Werner Hamacher, Vivian Liska, Thomas Macho, Paul North, Nicole Pepperell, Joshua Wilner 316 PAGES, 3 B/W ILLUSTRATIONS 978-0-8232-5672-3 PAPER, $28.00, £17.99 978-0-8232-5671-6 CLOTH, $95.00, £62.00 SIMULTANEOUS ELECTRONIC EDITION AVAILABLE

Nietzsche and the Becoming of Life

Contributors: Edward Baring, Peter E. Gordon, John D. Caputo, Joseph Cohen, Hent de Vries, Martin Hagglund, Sarah Hammerschlag, Richard Kearney, Ethan Kleinberg, Anne Norton, Raphael Zagury-Orly 272 PAGES 978-0-8232-6210-6 PAPER, $28.00, £17.99 978-0-8232-6209-0 CLOTH, $85.00, £55.00 PERSPECTIVES IN CONTINENTAL PHILOSOPHY SIMULTANEOUS ELECTRONIC EDITION AVAILABLE

Edited by Vanessa Lemm

“Vanessa Lemm is one of the most original Nietzsche scholars working today and an expert on a key aspect of Nietzsche’s thought: animal life. Nietzsche and the Becoming of Life presents original interpretations of Nietzsche’s works, addressing his conception of life from the observation point of topics such as naturalism, evolutionary biology, bodily experience, normativity, justice, and self-experimentation. It is a much welcome addition to Nietzsche studies.”—Federico Luisetti, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill “The roster of contributors is impressive, comprising topnotch Nietzsche scholars from North and South America, as well as Europe. The seventeen papers collected here represent a diverse but coherent and complementary range of interpretive approaches, all of which focus on different aspects of Nietzsche’s conception of life and related topics. A collection like this is a real boon to Nietzsche studies.” —Peter Groff, Bucknell University

Responding to Loss

Heideggerian Reflections on Literature, Architecture, and Film ROBERT MUGERAUER

“An original and sensitive study that brings a Continental philosophical sensibility to the problem of loss destitution, suffering, and bearing witness to catastrophe. Mugerauer explores the question ‘How can we deal with what befalls us in life?’”—Jason Wirth, Seattle University “In an interpretation that ranges from the writings of Martin Heidegger to a novel by Cormac McCarthy, a project by Daniel Libeskind, and a film by Wim Wenders, Mugerauer’s new book attunes its readers to the phenomenology of loss in a way that makes it palpable. Hinting at truths that lie hidden, turning our attention to the concealed play of shape, sound, voice, and structure, Mugerauer succeeds in ‘doing’ philosophy that engages the work of art in its concrete facticity. He breaks out of the convention of scholarly monographs and writes as if art mattered to the way we live our lives.” —Charles Bambach, University of Texas–Dallas

Contributors: Keith Ansell-Pearson, Babette Babich, Debra Bergoffen, Virginia Cano, Daniel Conway, Monica Cragnolini, Mariana Cruz, Rainer J.Hanshe, Lawrence H. Hatab, Scott Jenkins, Vanessa Lemm, Donovan Miyasaki, Eduardo Nasser, Gary Shapiro, Herman Siemens, Tracy B. Strong, Dieter Thoma 384 PAGES 978-0-8232-6287-8 PAPER, $35.00, £22.99 978-0-8232-6286-1 CLOTH, $125.00, £81.00 PERSPECTIVES IN CONTINENTAL PHILOSOPHY SIMULTANEOUS ELECTRONIC EDITION AVAILABLE

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COMMONALITIES S E R I E S E D I TO R : T I M OT H Y C . C A M P B E L L Categories of the Impolitical

Identity

ROBERTO ESPOSITO Translated by Connal Parsley

Fragments, Frankness JEAN-LUC NANCY Translated by François Raffoul

“Categories of the Impolitical is an impressive attempt to think about politics beyond sovereignty and against political theology. Through clear and sophisticated readings of crucial yet often neglected political thinkers of the 20th century like Weil, Bataille, Voegelin and Broch, this book prepares the groundwork for Esposito’s continuing exploration of the possibility of community outside of representation and of politics without transcendence. An indispensable work for anyone interested in Italian theory.”—Miguel Vatter, University of New South Wales

Identity: Fragments, Frankness is a rich and powerful essay on the notion of identity and on how it operates in our contemporary world. In contrast to the various attempts to cling to established identities or to associate identity with dubious agendas, Nancy shows that an identity is always open to alterity and its transformations. Against cynical initiatives that seek to instrumentalize the question of identity in an attempt to manipulate sentiment against immigration, Nancy problematizes anew the notions of identity, nation, and national identity. He seeks to show that there is never a given identity but always an open process of identification that retains an exposure to difference. Thus identity can never operate as a self-identical subject, such as “the French.” Ultimately, for Nancy, one does not have an identity but has to become one. One can never return to a self-same identity but can only seek to locate oneself within difference and singularity. Nancy shows the impasse of a certain conception of identity that he calls the “identity of the identifiable,” which refers to some permanent, given, substantial identity. In opposition to such identity, Nancy offers the identity of whatever or whoever invents itself in an open process of exposure to others and internal difference. Hence, an identity is never given but “makes itself by seeking and inventing itself.” This important book will provide much-needed philosophical clarification of a complex and strategic notion at the center of many current events and discussions.

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The Life of Things, the Love of Things REMO BODEI Translated by Murtha Baca

“Drawing on his own highly regarded philosophical thought covering the last twenty years, including the classics, Le Forme del Bello and Paessaggi sublimi, Bodei offers us a beautiful reading of the life of things that encompasses an astounding number of national literatures, philosophies, and cultures.”—Timothy Campbell, Cornell University 128 PAGES 978-0-8232-6443-8 PAPER, $22.00, £13.99 978-0-8232-6442-1 CLOTH, $75.00, £49.00 SIMULTANEOUS ELECTRONIC EDITION AVAILABLE

The Subject of Freedom

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Kant, Levinas GABRIELA BASTERRA

“The writing is ambitious, concise, and to the point, and the author loses no time in pursuing her main purposes. The discussion confronts the foundations of the liberal subject of modernity, debunks established positions on Kant´s ethics, and moves towards a new understanding of the philosophical basis of democratic republicanism.”—Alberto Moreiras, Texas A&M University

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Between Form and Event

Machiavelli’s Theory of Political Freedom MIGUEL VATTER With a New Afterword by the Author

“Miguel Vatter’s systematic reinterpretation of Machiavelli is dense, difficult, demanding – and highly rewarding. Even those who are inclined to disagree, as I am, will find this book valuable. No one who works through Vatter’s argument and digests it will ever again settle for a reading of Old Nick that denies his radicalism and makes of him a Christian or a conventional moralist.”—Paul A. Rahe, Stanford University “Impressively synthesizing and moving far beyond the writings Gramsci, Althusser, Lefort, Foucault and Arendt, Vatter formulates a radical Machiavellian model of politics; one emerging from the conflict between the popular impulse of “no-rule” and the state-centric logic of “rule” that he locates at the philosophical core of Machiavelli’s The Prince and Discourses. Erudite, impassioned and analytically sharp, Between Form and Event is a must-read for anyone hoping to understand Machiavelli’s radical theory of republicanism.” —John P. McCormick, University of Chicago

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COMMONALITIES S E R I E S E D I TO R : T I M OT H Y C . C A M P B E L L The Republic of the Living

Giorgio Agamben

“This book moves forward the entire debate on biopolitics. Offering a new articulation of the politics of life with the republican conception of politics, the book outlines in suggestive ways the contours of an affirmative biopolitics. Natality, normativity, and eternal life are the categories through which the author gives new strength to Foucault’s perspective.”—Roberto Esposito “In this thrilling intervention into thinking about human life, Miguel Vatter rejects the usual turn towards bios and turns instead (using Agamben, Benjamin and many other interlocutors to do so) towards the physical, the local, and the body in all its vulnerability and desire. In this way the body as fetish can become a means for its own unraveling; a turn towards the body, towards zoe, can mean that the body becomes something other than a site upon which power is exercised (biopower) and become instead a site in which power is experienced, negotiated and often subverted (biopolitics).”—James Martel, San Francisco State University

“Giorgio Agamben: Beyond the Threshold of Deconstruction is an enormously ambitious book covering the breadth of Giorgio Agamben’s writings, from his earliest work on potentiality and discourse up through his later political and theological writings. Attell’s interpretations, informed by vast philosophical erudition, presenting independent interpretations of all the texts that he treats, are paradigms for work on theory. This is one of the highest caliber works of theory or continental philosophy to appear in a long time.” —Joshua Kates, Indiana University “This remarkably rigorous, lucid, and open-minded study details the important differences between Agamben and Derrida, something many would regard as minor variants in a similarly deconstructive model, but which Derrida’s late seminars on The Beast and the Sovereign affirm to be profound. Attell meticulously traces the trajectories of Derrida’s and Agamben’s careers, demonstrating in an elegant and textually based fashion the incisive nature of Agamben’s engagement with Derrida, how so many of Agamben’s major themes—potentiality, sovereignty, ban, messianic time, play and profanation, and the animal—could be considered as critical, indeed polemical, responses to Derrida’s philosophical project.”—Eleanor Kaufman, University of California, Los Angeles

Biopolitics and the Critique of Civil Society MIGUEL VATTER

Beyond the Threshold of Deconstruction KEVIN ATTELL

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Where Are You?

An Ontology of the Cell Phone MAURIZIO FERRARIS Translated by Sarah De Sanctis Foreword by Umberto Eco

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“Ferraris’ book does what good philosophy always did: it interprets the world where we live making the mundane critically visible. When most people still assumed that mobile phones would mark the triumph of oral communication, Ferraris took the chance to put his philosophy to test and predict the triumph of writing, over speaking, in the new technological world. Contracts, weddings, and all the other Social Objects—material products of our ability to write and record—take the central stage in a philosophical move that gives back to the virtual its reality.”—Emanuel Rota, University of Illinois “Where Are You? . . . offers an ontology and phenomenology of the cell phone that draws as easily on popular culture and our daily experience of the cell phone, as it does on Ferrari’s considerable philosophical culture. In one moment, Ferraris speculates how differently the ending of Dr. Zhivago might have played out in the age of the cell phone, and in the next, argues that the cell phone is the absolute emblem of the age not of the triumph of the image, as has so often been claimed, but of ‘the explosion of writing.’”—Barbara Spackman, University of California, Berkeley

The Reject

Community, Politics, and Religion after the Subject IRVING GOH

“This book is a rigorous examination of the problems surrounding the returns to/of the subject that have occurred under the motley banner of “French Theory.” Closely tracking the discourses of Deleuze, Derrida, and Nancy, the author convincingly argues that what we need today is a better strategy of re-jection. I couldn’t agree more!”—Gregg Lambert, Syracuse University “Subject, Eject, Reject, Project: ‘ject’ is the theme, the tone, the issue. Irving Goh understands perfectly the jection without any kind of junction, recognizing that what remains to be thought is just some ject-society or community. In reading The Reject, one begins to join the unjoinable.”—Jean-Luc Nancy 384 PAGES 978-0-8232-6269-4 PAPER, $28.00, £17.99 978-0-8232-6268-7 CLOTH, $95.00, £62.00 MODERN LANGUAGE INITIATIVE SIMULTANEOUS ELECTRONIC EDITION AVAILABLE

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JUST IDEAS S E R I E S E D I TO R S : D R U C I L L A CO R N E L L A N D R O G E R B E R KOW I TZ Law and Revolution in South Africa

Thresholds of Illiteracy

uBuntu, Dignity, and the Struggle for Constitutional Transformation DRUCILLA CORNELL

Theory, Latin America, and the Crisis of Resistance ABRAHAM ACOSTA

“Abraham Acosta is fearless. Breathing new life into the well-worn contradictions of philosophical abstraction and political practice, speech and writing, hegemony and subalternity, he doesn’t settle for splitting the difference. With nuance, verve, erudition and extraordinary breadth, Thresholds of Illiteracy brings a heterodox approach to old debates—indigenismo, testimonio, zapatismo, la frontera— and goes a long way toward clearing the ground for a reengaged Latin Americanism to come. This book represents the best of a new generation of critical-theoretical work on Latin American cultural politics.”—Joshua Lund, University of Pittsburgh “Using indigenista novels, testimonio, border narratives and EZLN declarations as sites of intervention, Thresholds of Iliteracy aims at breaking the impasse between orality and literacy that for many years has shaped important areas of Latin American cultural and literary studies. Acosta demonstrates that, by insisting too much on difference, even critics with the best intentions end up reinforcing the inequality they wanted to contest. This important book, covering an impressive archive of standard studies on the topic and the most recent critical analyses, will be a staple critical resource for anyone studying Latin America from the colonial period to the present.”—Ivonne del Valle, University of California, Berkeley

“Law & Revolution in South Africa continues Drucilla Cornell’s path-breaking work on indigenous law formation in post-apartheid South Africa. The essays collected here add to her evolving approach to fundamental ideas of law, politics, and ethics as informing uBuntu, living customary law, and dignity jurisprudence in South Africa. This book bears directly on the vibrant ongoing debate in South Africa about how to restore societal respect for law in light of its gross misappropriation during the many decades of abuse by colonialist and racist control of the country and the accompanying gruesome suppression of the native population.”—Richard Falk, Princeton University 224 PAGES 978-0-8232-5758-4 PAPER, $24.00, £15.99 978-0-8232-5757-7 CLOTH, $85.00, £55.00 SIMULTANEOUS ELECTRONIC EDITION AVAILABLE

Punishment and Inclusion: Race, Membership, and the Limits of American Liberalism ANDREW DILTS

“Punishment and Inclusion . . . insightfully explores the nexus of punishment, disenfranchisement, and racism in the United States. Dilts calls on all of us to rethink our longstanding practice of felony disenfranchisement. His argument is subtle and thoroughly convincing. Written in an engaging and lucid style, it is truly a pleasure to read this book.”—Austin Sarat, Amherst College

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POLITICAL THEORY

Fugitive Rousseau

Slavery, Primitivism, and Political Freedom JIMMY CASAS KLAUSEN

Death and Other Penalties

“This is a complex and fascinating project. The ideas are original, provocative and should advance new thinking in political theory.”—Anne Norton, University of Pennsylvania “Jimmy Casas Klausen offers a string of illuminating discussions of often-overlooked themes in Rousseau’s oeuvre, such as travel and cosmopolitan identity, primitivism and marronage. In place of the familiar contrast between the over-socialized citizen of The Social Contract and the figure of the solitary walker or pre-social savage, Klausen invites us to appreciate those moments where Rousseau shows himself sensitive to the often fragile kinds of freedom that become available when we are able to slip away from dominant and dominating social and political structures. Fugitive Rousseau is an original and stimulating contribution to eighteenthcentury studies, as well as a significant work of political theory in its own right.”—Christopher Brooke, University of Bristol

Philosophy in a Time of Mass Incarceration Edited by Geoffrey Adelsberg, Lisa Guenther, and Scott Zeman

“Death and Other Penalties . . . is a brilliant collection of articles that draw on continental philosophers in order to consider the prison industrial complex, the death penalty in the United States, and the intersecting oppressions of racism, ableism, classism, sexism and heterosexism that are at work in these institutions and practices. The articles are innovative and accessible.”—Chloe Taylor, University of Alberta “This is a crucially important work, one that while centering on philosophy far exceeds the bounds of the discipline, reaching out toward the concrete to grapple not just with a, but the question of our moment in ways that are both practical and rigorous.”—George Ciciarello-Maher, Drexel University 336 PAGES, 6 B/W ILLUSTRATIONS 978-0-8232-6530-5 PAPER, $30.00, £19.99 978-0-8232-6529-9 CLOTH, $95.00, £62.00 SIMULTANEOUS ELECTRONIC EDITION AVAILABLE

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IDIOM: INVENTING WRITING THEORY S E R I E S E D I TO R S : J AC Q U E S L E Z R A A N D PA U L N O R T H Chronicle of Separation

This new series publishes books developing new critical and theoretical idioms. What can be said is how it is written—this is Idiom’s basic premise, which guides editorial decisions and book acquisitions. Books in the series develop idioms that expand, deform, reinvigorate, or exceed existing genres and styles of theoretical writing in any discipline.

On Deconstruction’s Disillusioned Love MICHAL BEN-NAFTALI Translated by Mirjam Hadar Foreword by Avital Ronell

A unique feminist approach to the legacy of Jacques Derrida, Chronicle of Separation is a disparate yet beautifully interwoven series of disparate readings, genres, and themes, offering a powerful reflection of love in—and as—deconstruction. Looking especially at relationships between women, BenNaftali provides a wide-ranging investigation of interpersonal relationships: the love of a teacher, the anxiety-ridden bond between a mother and daughter as manifested in anorexia, passion between two women, love after separation and in mourning, the tension between one’s self and the internalized other. Traversing each of these investigations, Chronicle of Separation takes up Derrida’s Memoires for Paul de Man and The Post Card, Lilian Hellman’s famed friendship with a woman named Julia, and adaptations of the biblical Book of Ruth. Above all, it is a treatise on the love of theory in the name of poetry, a passionate book on love and friendship.

Minima Philologica

WERNER HAMACHER Translated by Catharine Diehl and Jason Groves

Minima Philologica brings together two essays by Werner Hamacher that are meant to revitalize philology as a practice beyond its restriction to the restoration of linguistic data and their meanings. In these two texts, “95 Theses on Philology” and “For—Philology,” Hamacher propounds a notion of generalized philology that is equivalent to the real production of linguistic utterances, and indeed utterances not limited to predicative or even discursive statements. Taken together, the essays of Minima Philologica make up a manifesto for a new understanding of linguistic existence that breaks new ways of attending to language and those who live by it. “Even as Minima Philologica prompts comparison with such masterpieces of aphoristic prose as Schlegel’s ‘Athenäum Fragments,’ Nietzsche’s The Gay Science, and Adorno’s Minima Moralia, it asks of its readers that they explore the incomparable—in other words, the philological—elements in whatever falls under the categories of culture, science, and morality.”—Peter Fenves, Northwestern University

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Flirtations

Rhetoric and Aesthetics This Side of Seduction Edited by Daniel Hoffman-Schwartz, Barbara Natalie Nagel, and Lauren Shizuko Stone

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“Flirtations makes an everyday practice and pleasure newly available to critical thought. Usually avoided as frivolous, lacking the disruptive grandeur of seduction or the power of the truly erotic, flirtation gets left aside as a minor social form. This volume, by turns deeply erudite and playful, effectively corrects this neglect. Many readers, no doubt, will share the temptation to show the authors the new etchings in their collections.”—Martin Harries, University of California Contributors: Sage Anderson, Rudiger Campe, Paul Fleming, John T. Hamilton, Arne Hocker, Jacques Lezra, Elizabeth Strowick, Barbara Vinken, Erica Weitzman 192 PAGES, 4 B/W ILLUSTRATIONS 978-0-8232-6490-2 PAPER, $24.00, £15.99 978-0-8232-6489-6 CLOTH, $85.00, £55.00 SIMULTANEOUS ELECTRONIC EDITION AVAILABLE

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FORMS OF LIVING S E R I E S E D I T O R S : S T E FA N O S G E R O U L A N O S A N D T O D D E . M E Y E R S The Helmholtz Curves: Tracing Lost Time

The Ploy of Instinct

“This is a remarkable book. Starting from two images of graphic curves taken by Hermann von Helmholtz in 1851 in Königsberg and preserved in the archives of the Académie des Sciences in Paris, Henning Schmidgen unfolds the universe of physiological time measurement as it took shape around the middle of the 19th century, reaching deep into the 20th century with its reverberations. Like in a burning glass, the book aligns the components of a new laboratory regime and their entanglement with the dawning age of energy conversion and of—electromagnetic—communication and social control. The central figure holding the story together is a little ‘gap’: the fraction of a second in which, between stimulus and response, nothing appears to happen – a time lost and yet of tremendous cultural brisance.”—HansJörg Rheinberger, Director at the Max Planck-Institute for the History of Science

“A smart, rigorously researched and fascinating book that will be a rich contribution to Victorian Studies, sexuality and gender studies, and history of science scholarship.”—Teresa Mangum, University of Iowa “The rational actor has long been considered the central figure of liberal subjectivity. In this intriguing book, which brings together queer theory and Victorian science studies, Kathleen Frederickson shows how nineteenth-century thinkers adopted instinct, rather than reason, as a desirable quality for the arts of governance. Counter-intuitive, surprising, and utterly convincing, The Ploy of Instinct is a refreshing addition to the intellectual history of liberalism.”—Lisa Moore, The University of Texas at Austin

HENNING SCHMIDGEN Translated by Nils F. Schott

Victorian Sciences of Nature and Sexuality in Liberal Governance KATHLEEN FREDERICKSON

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What’s These Worlds Coming To?

JEAN-LUC NANCY AND AURÉLIEN BARRAU Translated by Travis Holloway and Flor Méchain, Foreword by David Pettigrew

Bruno Latour in Pieces: An Intellectual Biography HENNING SCHMIDGEN Translated by Gloria Custance

One of the world’s leading philosophers and an emerging astrophysicist revive the ancient philosophical practice of cosmology for our time. Jean-Luc Nancy and Aurélien Barrau’s collaboration is a study of life, plural worlds, and what the authors call the struction of new worlds. It is also a radical revisioning of post-structuralist thought (from deconstruction to struction) and contemporary physics (from a universe to a multiverse).

“This level-headed and comprehensive survey of Bruno Latour’s career offers contemporary readers a desperately needed aid to navigate the multi-pronged and disparate engagements of this important contemporary scholar and public intellectual. What emerges from Schmidgen’s portrait is a nuanced and complex understanding of the vicissitudes of Latour’s career that will do much to help English-speaking readers get to the heart of what makes Latour tick.”—Mark Hansen, Duke University, author of New Philosophy of New Media

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The Government of Life

Foucault, Biopolitics, and Neoliberalism Edited by Vanessa Lemm and Miguel Vatter

Science, Reason, Modernity

Readings for an Anthropology of the Contemporary Edited by Anthony Stavrianakis, Gaymon Bennett, and Lyle Fearnley

“Over the last twenty years, few concepts have been more investigated and used than the one of ‘biopolitics’. However, only rarely has it been attempted to compare these uses in their variety and in their contradiction. This volume has the merit of offering a subtle and rich, complete and articulate view on what “biopolitics” means today, and in this way contributes to establish a political grammar for the start of this century.”—Antonio Negri

“Science, Reason, Modernity offers an introduction to an anthropological engagement with the epistemologies, the ethical possibilities and limitations, and the practical impact of the sciences—one that has no real precedent and stands as an important and generative alternative to the analytical frameworks that prevail in contemporary science and technology studies.”—James Faubion, Rice University

Contributors: Francesco Paolo Adorno, Melinda Cooper, Simona Forti, Frédéric Gros, Thomas Lemke, Vanessa Lemm, Maria Muhle, Roberto Nigro, Paul Patton, Judith Revel, Miguel Vatter 304 PAGES 978-0-8232-5597-9 PAPER, $26.00, £16.99 978-0-8232-5596-2 CLOTH, $85.00, £55.00 SIMULTANEOUS ELECTRONIC EDITION AVAILABLE

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MEANING SYSTEMS

BERKELEY FORUM IN THE HUMANITIES

SERI ES E D I TO R S : B R U C E C L A R K E A N D HE NRY S U SS MA N

Plasticity and Pathology

History and Theory of Neural Subjects Edited by David W. Bates and Nima Bassiri

Interdependence

Contingent Existence and Life as We Know It KRITI SHARMA

This collection of essays brings together a diverse range of scholars to investigate how the “neural subject” of the 21st century came to be. Taking approaches both historical and theoretical, they probe the possibilities and limits of neuroscientific understandings of human experience. Topics include landmark studies in the history of neuroscience, the relationship between neural and technological “pathologies,” and analyses of contemporary concepts of plasticity and pathology in cognitive neuroscience. Central to the volume is a critical examination of the relationship between pathology and plasticity. Since pathology is often the occasion for neural reorganization and adaptation, it exists not in opposition to the brain’s “normal” operation, but instead as something intimately connected to our ways of being and understanding.

“An exceptionally original work of comprehensive theorizing. Conceptually subtle, empirically rigorous, and compellingly argued, it addresses some of the most fundamental questions in theoretical biology and demonstrates their close relation to central problems in our ideas of knowledge, existence, and reality.”—Barbara Herrnstein Smith, author of Scandalous Knowledge: Science, Truth and the Human “In setting forth her vision of contingentism—that objects are really webs of processes contingent on multiple interacting conditions—Sharma moves eloquently back and forth between biology and philosophy. The book is a model of accessible but serious and elegant science writing.”—Evan Thompson, University of British Columbia 160 PAGES, 15 B/W ILLUSTRATIONS 978-0-8232-6553-4 PAPER, $24.00, £15.99 978-0-8232-6552-7 CLOTH, $75.00, £49.00 SIMULTANEOUS ELECTRONIC EDITION AVAILABLE

Contributors: Joe Dumit, Stefanos Geroulanos, Katja Guenther, Catherine Malabou, Tobias Rees, Laura Salisbury 256 PAGES, 8 B/W ILLUSTRATIONS 978-0-8232-6614-2 PAPER, $28.00, £17.99 978-0-8232-6613-5 CLOTH, $85.00, £55.00 TOWNSEND PAPERS IN THE HUMANITIES SIMULTANEOUS ELECTRONIC EDITION AVAILABLE

Earth, Life, and System

Evolution and Ecology on a Gaian Planet Edited by Bruce Clarke

“Earth, Life, and System is a strikingly original and challenging collection of essays, which places the work and broad intellectual interests of Lynne Margulis in a variety of contexts and develops original arguments and interpretations that expand on and complement her interests.”—Stacy Alaimo, University of Texas at Arlington 304 PAGES, 8 COLOR AND 20 B/W ILLUSTRATIONS 978-0-8232-6525-1 PAPER, $35.00, £22.99 978-0-8232-6524-4 CLOTH, $95.00, £62.00 SIMULTANEOUS ELECTRONIC EDITION AVAILABLE

Cultural Techniques

Grids, Filters, Doors, and Other Articulations of the Real BERNHARD SIEGERT Translated by Geoffrey Winthrop-Young

“An excellent collection of essays from one of the most widely known and respected scholars of media, media theory, and cultural techniques working in Germany. The scholarship is erudite, sophisticated, and impressively wide-ranging.” —Michael Wutz, Weber State University “Cultural Techniques displays a stunning amount of historical knowledge, exploring texts and technological innovations that fall into fields such as the history of science, art history, architecture, cultural anthropology, ethnology, literary studies, and philosophy. . . Highly important.”—Edgar Landgraf, Bowling Green State University 288 PAGES, 66 B/W ILLUSTRATIONS 978-0-8232-6376-9 PAPER, $28.00, £17.99 978-0-8232-6375-2 CLOTH, $95.00, £62.00 SIMULTANEOUS ELECTRONIC EDITION AVAILABLE

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C O M PA R AT I V E L I T E R AT U R E

Memory and Complicity

Migrations of Holocaust Remembrance DEBARATI SANYAL

War after Death

On Violence and Its Limits STEVEN MILLER

“Memory and Complicity is a very impressive book. Sanyal is unusually well-acquainted with the relevant literature (which is extensive), her arguments are clear and compelling, her writing unfailingly lucid and accessible, and her scholarship beyond reproach.”—Thomas Trezise, Princeton University “Memory and Complicity offers a sophisticated, nuanced, and beautifully written account of the intersecting legacies of genocide and colonialism in postwar France. In this significant and much needed intervention, Sanyal illuminates both the possibilities and dangers of transcultural trauma and memory studies.”—Michael Rothberg, Multidirectional Memory: Remembering the Holocaust in the Age of Decolonization

“Steven Miller’s book War After Death is a truly impressive piece of critical writing. Indeed, this book is one of the most intellectually rich, trenchant and engaging works of criticism that I have read over the last decade.”—Elissa Marder, Emory University “In the long tradition and ever growing sea of works that have linked ‘language, literature, and war,’ this is a strikingly original work that attends to the import of that phrase with exquisite responsibility.”—Gil Anidjar, Columbia University 256 PAGES, 8 B/W ILLUSTRATIONS 978-0-8232-5678-5 PAPER, $24.00, £15.99 978-0-8232-5677-8 CLOTH, $85.00, £55.00 MODERN LANGUAGE INITIATIVE SIMULTANEOUS ELECTRONIC EDITION AVAILABLE

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P S Y C H O A N A LY T I C INTERVENTIONS

The Historical Uncanny

Disability, Ethnicity, and the Politics of Holocaust Memory SUSANNE C. KNITTEL

S E RIE S E DITO RS : E ST H E R RAS H KIN AND PE T E R L. RUDNYTS KY

“Susanne Knittel’s book is beautifully written and original. It will inspire a necessary and overdue dialogue between Holocaust studies, memory studies, and disability studies.”— Michael Rothberg, author of Multidirectional Memory: Remembering the Holocaust in the Age of Decolonization “Susanne Knittel’s study of ‘disability, ethnicity, and the politics of Holocaust memory’ is an extraordinarily original addition to the contemporary literature of Holocaust memory studies. In her focus on previously under-examined sites of memory (such as those commemorating the Nazis’ massmurder of the disabled) and under-studied dimensions of the Holocaust (such as perpetrators ‘from Grafenick to the Risiera’), Knittel’s work not only expands the field but exemplifies the best, most profound new work in Holocaust memory studies I have seen in the last several years. It is absolutely essential reading.”—James E. Young, author of The Texture of Memory and At Memory’s Edge

Confidentiality and Its Discontents

Dilemmas of Privacy in Psychotherapy PAUL W. MOSHER AND JEFFREY BERMAN

“Written by two of the leading individuals in the field, Confidentiality and Its Discontents is a clearly readable and well-argued account of the debates about confidentiality in psychiatry and psychoanalysis. The book is extremely well presented and adds immeasurably to the literature on the topic.”—Sander Gilman, Emory University “Confidentiality and Its Discontents provides careful descriptions and discussions of a range of privacy cases that demonstrate the rapidly-escalating problems associated with the supposed confidentiality of the psychotherapeutic relationship. Confidentiality and Its Discontents will be a useful and unique resource to many mental health training programs.” —Paul Brinich, Clin. Prof. (Emeritus), Depts. of Psychology and Psychiatry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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JEWISH STUDIES

Apocalypse-Cinema

Orientalism and the Figure of the Jew JEFFREY S. LIBRETT

2012 and Other Ends of the World PETER SZENDY Translated by Will Bishop

“This magisterially researched and probingly argued study opens a completely new and potentially groundbreaking perspective on Orientalism. In impeccably executed detail, it demonstrates that what has long been seen as a binary opposition between East and West has in fact relied since its inception on a triangular dynamic between three shifting poles: not simply Occident vs. Orient, but the Occident, the Orient, and the Jew. Orientalism and the Figure of the Jew will be of interest to a wide range of scholars.”—David Martyn, Macalester College “Librett’s study is of great relevance for scholars of German philosophy and culture, Middle-Eastern Studies, Religious Studies and Psychoanalysis, and for any scholar concerned about the conflict in the Middle-East.”—Elisabeth Weber, University of California, Santa Barbara

“In this prodigiously intelligent book, Peter Szendy reflects on the specific nature of apocalyptic cinema. Organized as a series of brief essays on individual films and recurrent cinematic strategies, Apocalypse-Cinema offers brilliant insights on a genre that has yet to receive all the critical attention it deserves.”—Marie Helene Huet, Princeton University 192 PAGES, 25 B/W ILLUSTRATIONS 978-0-8232-6481-0 PAPER, $28.00, £17.99 978-0-8232-6480-3 CLOTH, $85.00, £55.00 SIMULTANEOUS ELECTRONIC EDITION AVAILABLE

Thresholds of Listening: Sound, Technics, Space Edited by Sander van Maas

“Thresholds of Listening intervenes into an extraordinarily wide range of subjects, ranging from masochism and torture at one extreme to Cage and Kafka at the other. Chapters zoom by at high speed, covering enormous ground and wrestling on all fronts with music’s potential value as a transformative biopolitical praxis. The level of scholarship is excellent and van Maas’s cast of contributors includes stellar names alongside emerging scholars. This is less a book about listening to music than a virtuosic inquiry into the relationships between listening, hearing, sound, space and an investigation of the limits of the human body.”—Anthony Gritten, Royal Academy of Music “Clearly the scholarship that underpins Thresholds of Listening is generally very thorough and ‘experimental’, which tests conventional understandings of scholarship. Given its unique qualities, I would rate this book as an important contribution that will be useful across a number of disciplines, from musicology and music theory to philosophy and literary theory, but also touching upon certain strands of science.”—Kenneth Gloag, Cardiff University

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To Make the Hands Impure

Art, Ethical Adventure, the Difficult and the Holy ADAM ZACHARY NEWTON

“Newton’s new book, a tapestry of readings that becomes a contrapuntal symphony, heuristically suggests that it is no longer the case that reading the Bible is the same as reading any other piece of literature, as Spinoza suggested, but rather that reading any piece of literature is like reading the Bible, if one reads it the way rabbis do.”—Sergey Dolgopolski, University at Buffalo SUNY “Drawing upon a seamless weave of literary theory, philosophical and Jewish texts, Adam Zachary Newton probes the phenomenological and ethical horizons of the act of reading. Deftly employing Levinas’s concept of proximity as his overarching hermeneutic strategy, he takes us on a challenging but intellectually exhilarating journey.”—Paul Mendes-Flohr, Divinity School, The University of Chicago; professor emeritus, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

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Trance Mediums and New Media

Spirit Possession in the Age of Technical Reproduction Edited by Heike Behrend, Anja Dreschke, and Martin Zillinger

NE W I N PAPE RBACKBACK

The Discipline of Philosophy and the Invention of Modern Jewish Thought

“This is a highly original and thought-provoking addition to the study of the interrelations between media and religion. Geographically wide-ranging and well-informed both historically and theoretically, the volume explores affinities and synergies between technical mediation and spirit mediumship while also recognizing ruptures and limitations. It succeeds in developing alternatives to styling the encounter of media and mediums as one of modernity and tradition.” —Felicitas Becker, University of Cambridge

WILLI GOETSCHEL

“In this stunningly erudite and imaginative study, Willi Goetschel argues that it is precisely because the very notion of a Jewish philosophy is contested that one may discern its overarching significance. While dilating on the “particularistic” concerns of their community from the perspective of universal reason, Jewish philosophers in effect challenge philosophy to revise its conception of the unity of truth and to embrace difference and alterity as defining constituents of the universal.”—Paul Mendes-Flohr, Divinity School, The University of Chicago

Contributors: Heike Behrend, Claudia Böhme, Anja Dreschke, Lidia Guzy, Ute Holl, Getrud Hüwelmeier, Laurel Kendall, Rosalind C. Morris, Christopher Pinney, Dorothea Schulz, Erhard Schüttpelz, Emilio Spadola, Martin Zillinger 352 PAGES, 24 B/W ILLUSTRATIONS 978-0-8232-5381-4 PAPER, $30.00, £19.99 978-0-8232-5380-7 CLOTH, $110.00, £72.99 SIMULTANEOUS ELECTRONIC EDITION AVAILABLE www.fo rd h am pre ss .com

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CLASSICAL STUDIES

M E D I E VA L S T U D I E S

The Feminine Symptom

In Dante’s Wake

“Excellent scholarship combined with Bianchi’s unique interpretive strategy open new possibilities in the interpretation of Aristotle that are well grounded in the text and consistently supported with powerful reasoning.”—Michael Shaw, Utah Valley University “Showing the absolute centrality of sexual difference to all of his work, Bianchi also reveals the disruptive, inassimilable and excessive presence of the feminine in Aristotle. . . . Juxtaposing the systematic and phenomenological, and emphasizing Aristotle’s paradoxical commitment to both, Bianchi resists both blame and repair, and through the performance of a ‘critical intimacy’ with the immense Aristotelian corpus she offers a brilliant and fresh reading of this original and formidable thinker of the Western tradition. Drawing in voices from Plato to Pussy Riot, Bianchi illuminates the potential for a new politics of aleatory feminism in the present.”—Page DuBois, University of San Diego

“John Freccero is one of the great dantisti of his age. Freccero’s erudition is as impressive in its depth (Plato and NeoPlatonism, Augustine, Italian philology) as in its breadth (Gramsci, Derrida, Girard, the epic, the novel). Along with the erudition, moreover, there is his beautifully lucid style: the prose is remarkably clear, graceful, eloquent, illusive, and at times even epigrammatic.”—Peter S. Hawkins, Yale Divinity School

JOHN FRECCERO Edited by Danielle Callegari and Melissa Swain

Aleatory Matter in the Aristotelian Cosmos EMANUELA BIANCHI

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Medieval Exegesis and Religious Difference

Commentary, Conflict, and Community in the Premodern Mediterranean Edited by Ryan Szpiech

“The quality of the studies in Medieval Exegesis and Religious Difference is of a very high level and many [of the essays] break new ground based on the close study of manuscripts or the examination of familiar texts from new perspectives.”—Barry Dov Walfish, University of Toronto Library

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Contributors: Sara Stroumsa, Sydney Griffith, Walid Saleh, Thoimas S. Burman, Antoni Biosca Bas, Ursula Ragacs, Harvey J. Hames, Yosi Yisrael, Angel Saenz-Badillos, Alexandra Cuffel, Nina Caputo, Esperanza Alfonso, Steven Kruger 336 PAGES, 1 B/W ILLUSTRATIONS 978-0-8232-6462-9 CLOTH, $55.00, £36.00 BORDERING RELIGIONS: CONCEPTS, CONFLICTS, AND CONVERSATIONS SIMULTANEOUS ELECTRONIC EDITION AVAILABLE

Ordinary Oblivion and the Self Unmoored Reading Plato’s Phaedrus and Writing the Soul JENNIFER R. RAPP

“This is an extraordinarily creative, and lyrically written, meditation on the philosophical meaning and experiential richness of what is, by any measure, one of Plato’s most creative and lyrical dialogues. Countering the all too comon belief that Plato was strictly hostile to poetry and poets, an idea the Phaedrus belies, Rapp weaves contemporary poetic voices into her meditation on this preeminently Greek philosophical vision. The result is a tapesty of exceptional beauty and insight.”—Louis Ruprecht, Georgia State University 224 PAGES 978-0-8232-5743-0 CLOTH, $55.00, £36.00 SIMULTANEOUS ELECTRONIC EDITION AVAILABLE

The Perils of Uglytown: Studies in Structural Misanthropology from Plato to Rembrandt HARRY BERGER, JR.

“The Perils of Uglytown is a distillation of Harry Berger, Jr.’s intensive study of the Republic and other Platonic dialogues over several decades and makes an important contribution to understanding these texts and to the literary interpretation of the dialogues generally. It is highly original, provocative, and stimulating close reading of well-chosen passages is grounded in Berger’s understanding of the textuality of the Platonic dialogues.”—Seth L. Schein, University of California, Davis “Somewhere in his innermost closet Harry Berger, Jr., must harbor the secret of perennial freshness. For decades now his vitally important work has conferred the power to see with new eyes familiar works of literature, philosophy, and art, as if their innermost meanings were being glimpsed for the first time.”—Stephen Greenblatt, Harvard University 336 PAGES, 3 B/W ILLUSTRATIONS 978-0-8232-4517-8 PAPER, $30.00, £19.99 978-0-8232-4516-1 CLOTH, $95.00, £62.00 www.fo rd h am p re ss .co m

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M E D I E VA L S T U D I E S FORDHAM SERIES IN M E D I E VA L S T U D I E S

DA N T E ’ S WO R L D S E R I E S E D I TO R : T E O D O L I N DA BAROLINI

S E R I E S E D I TO R S : FRANKLIN HARKINS AND MARY ERLER

Dante and Islam

Edited by Jan M. Ziolkowski

Religious Women in Early Carolingian Francia A Study of Manuscript Transmission and Monastic Culture FELICE LIFSHITZ

“How much did Dante really know about Islam? This collection of essays, framed by Ziolkowski’s superb, judicious introduction, offers a substantive, multi-pronged overview of a vexed question among Dante scholars: the scope of his literary engagement with the faith of medieval Muslims and their intellectual traditions. Meticulous in their treatment, incisive and authoritative, these learned articles shed light not only on Dante studies but on the broader impact of Arabo-Islamic civilization on Western cultural history.” —Luis M. Girón-Negrón, Harvard University

“Through an innovative and convincing analysis of a range of manuscripts produced by and for Frankish religious women, she shows us how the Christian culture and intellectual life of the eighth century were gender-egalitarian and even ‘feminist’ in the sense of a resistance to patriarchal ideas. An exciting book for medievalists, but also for anyone interested in the history of gender relations over the centuries.”—AnneMarie Helvetius, Professor of Medieval History, University of Paris VIII–Vincennes–Saint-Denis. “Once again, Felice Lifshitz has emerged from the archives with set of neglected texts—this time, documents from the English monasteries of Leoba and Boniface in Germany— and applies her usual fierce scrutiny to the manuscripts in order to show the rest of us what we have missed, misconstrued, and misinterpreted about early medieval history, gender, and religion. This book offers a model method for graduate students and a reminder to all medievalists that the sometimes onerous analysis of manuscripts still has much to tell us about such well-known topics as the Christianization of Germany as well as such seemingly modern issues as gender equity and women’s intellectual agency.”—Lisa Bitel, University of Southern California

Contributors: David Abulafia, Giorgio Battistoni, Daniela Boccassini, Thomas E. Burman, Vicente Cantarino, Maria Corti, Maria Esposito Frank, Karla Mallette, José Martínez Gázquez, Brenda Deen Schildgen, Gregory B. Stone, John V. Tolan, Jan M. Ziolkowski 376 PAGES, 3 B/W ILLUSTRATIONS 978-0-8232-6387-5 PAPER, $28.00, £17.99 978-0-8232-6386-8 CLOTH, $85.00, £55.00 SIMULTANEOUS ELECTRONIC EDITION AVAILABLE

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Eddic, Skaldic, and Beyond

Poetic Variety in Medieval Iceland and Norway Edited by Martin Chase

“This is a learned and beautifully edited collection of essays. It explores the less-visited shores of medieval northern poetry and challenges long-held scholarly habits and assumptions. The borderland texts described include Old Norse-Icelandic translations of famed Latin and French works; the ‘new-old’ skaldic poetry of the High Middle Ages; the late and immensely popular Icelandic ballads and rímur; and the little-known devotional poetry of the pre- and postReformation period, some of which is here edited for the first time.”—Roberta Frank, Yale University Contributors: Christopher Abram, Paul Acker, Ingvil Brugger Budal, Hannah Burrows, Martin Chase, Shaun F. D. Hughes, Mikael Males, Rory McTurk, Russell Poole, Rolf Stavnem, Kevin J. Wanner 296 PAGES 978-0-8232-5781-2 CLOTH, $55.00, £36.00 SIMULTANEOUS ELECTRONIC EDITION AVAILABLE

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LITERARY STUDIES E A R LY M O D E R N The Storm at Sea

Figures of a Changing World

“Drawing on a rich and wide ranging selection of important works from Leonardo da Vinci to Thomas Hobbes’s Leviathan, through the plays of Thomas Kyd, Christopher Marlowe, and Shakespeare, Christopher Pye makes a powerful case for the existence of an autonomous early modern aesthetic prior to Kant, through readings that are highly attentive to textual detail and theoretically informed by thinkers from philosophy, political theory and psychoanalysis.”—Philip Lorenz, Cornell University “In a forceful reconsideration of ‘the aesthetic’ as itself a site of political thought, Pye is throwing down the gauntlet against the prevailing climate of historicist work in early modern literary criticism, which has placed the Renaissance before the arrival of ‘the aesthetic’ as a category.”—Andrew Daniel, Johns Hopkins University

“Berger presents a fresh and stimulating account of the rhetorical and critical histories of metaphor and metonymy. The dialectical procedure of the book carries real drama: it depicts a mind in the process of thinking through the problem of how to gauge the ideological force of these quasishibboleth terms, not as a semiotician or linguist but as a scholar of literary and cultural history. Berger’s handling of the often vexed relation between metaphoric and metonymic figuration gives new insights into the mechanisms of perceived cultural change. The writing is elegant and lucid, and the argument is gracefully organized.”—Lowell Gallagher, University of California, Los Angeles “Figures of a Changing World is the twelfth in a remarkable series of literary and visual studies over the past quarter century that comprise Harry Berger’s extraordinarily wideranging critical oeuvre. This new book articulates the larger linguistic context and cultural change that undergird Berger’s heroic acts of brilliantly detailed close reading of early modern texts and images.”—Peter Erickson, Northwestern University

Political Aesthetics in the Time of Shakespeare CHRISTOPHER PYE

Metaphor and the Emergence of Modern Culture HARRY BERGER, JR.

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Harrying

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Skills of Offense in Shakespeare’s Henriad HARRY BERGER, JR.

“At the center of Berger’s approach to the histories is his insistence on the continuities across plays that close attention to linguistic echoes reveals. Page by page, line by line, word by word, his detailed examination of the texts leads him, and us, to new insights and new understanding.”—Peter Erickson, Northwestern University “Harrying will no doubt surprise and delight readers with the unrivaled close readings Berger is famous for, but what makes this book so resonant is that it works this critical practice across a series of interlocking plays, turning Shakespeare’s histories into a powerful ‘tetralogical echo chamber.’ The effects are dazzling.”—Nina Levine, University of South Carolina

Lyric Apocalypse

Milton, Marvell, and the Nature of Events RYAN NETZLEY

“Lyric Apocalypse is a fine piece of work: timely, original, and persuasive—a powerful combination of theoretical argument with illuminating close reading. Netzely’s sensitivity to verbal and syntactical alternatives is remarkable.”—Judith H. Anderson, Indiana University “Netzley offers a theoretically sophisticated contemplation of the relationship between lyric and history. As he shows, lyric’s concern with the momentary and evental holds the potential to disrupt historical narrativization, which in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries is also the potential to query the Providential and the prophetic. This book ought to be read by scholars of Milton and Marvell, and will be appreciated well beyond early modern studies for an approach to lyric poetry informed by the work of Agamben, Adorno, and Deleuze and Guattari.”—Feisal Mohamed, author of Milton and the Post-Secular Present

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LITERARY STUDIES E A R LY M O D E R N

EIGHTEENTH CENTURY

Becoming Christian

Political Magic

Race, Reformation, and Early Modern English Romance DENNIS AUSTIN BRITTON

British Fictions of Savagery and Sovereignty, 1650-1750 CHRISTOPHER F. LOAR

“What is strikingly original in Britton’s work is the underlying insistence on unearthing the ways English theologians and writers made use of a religious motif –baptism– as a coded racial marker.”—Margot Hendricks, University of California, Santa Cruz “Becoming Christian is an exciting study that offers a theological account of race and racialization in early modern England, and explores the way this theology of race informs the cultural imagination.”—Joan Pong Linton, Indiana University

“Christopher F. Loar has written an important study of the relationship between technology and power in fiction of the long eighteenth century, shedding light on the connection between authority and violence in both English politics and colonial conquest. Political Magic will be of special interest to scholars of Cavendish, Behn, Defoe, Swift and Haywood.” —Nicholas Hudson, University of British Columbia “As pyrotechnic as it is closely reasoned, this bold and convincing new book looks at the unlikely role that spectacular technologies of domination and enchantment played in the making of ‘modern’ political community. Christopher Loar punctures the myth of modernity by reversing two standard narratives about the decline of magic and the rise of the liberal subject. That subject’s story, disturbingly beholden to technologies of violence and enchantment, is told through insightful new readings of Swift, Defoe, Behn, and Haywood. Political Magic reunites these writers and their fictions with the political philosophy and savagely wondrous colonial practices of the seventeenth century.”—Jayne Lewis, University of California, Irvine

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Winner, 2013 South Central Modern Language Association Book Prize NE W I N PA P E R BACK

The Pain of Reformation

Spenser, Vulnerability, and the Ethics of Masculinity JOSEPH CAMPANA

“This splendid book makes a fresh and original entry into the burgeoning criticism on Renaissance selfhood. Campana brilliantly links the motif of vulnerability to the social and physiological precariousness of early modern masculinity.”—Michael Schoenfeldt, The University of Michigan “A brilliant, bold, generous, and moving book. Campana makes powerful contributions in ethics, gender and sexuality, and the narrative imagination in Spenser’s Reformation culture.”—Theresa Krier, Macalester College “With admirable lucidity, Campana demonstrates, much as previous generations have done for poets such as Virgin and Dante, that Spenser should not be read merely as an inveterate propagandist for the ideology of his time.”—Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies

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Misfit Forms

Paths Not Taken by the British Novel LORRI G. NANDREA

“There is much to admire in this study. One of the book’s strengths is that it presents us with a theoretical framework capacious enough to include works from many different historical periods, from the early eighteenth century through modernism.”—Sarah Kareem, University of California, Los Angeles “An innovative, beautifully written, well-researched, and persuasive manuscript. It approaches a familiar subject—the history of the novel as it developed over the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries—and provides a strikingly new account of how it should be understood.”—Rachel Ablow, University at Buffalo, SUNY

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LITERARY STUDIES NINETEENTH CENTURY

LIT Z S E R I E S E D I TO R S : SA R A G U Y E R A N D B R I A N M C G R AT H

Portrait Stories

MICHAL PELED GINSBURG

“With its broad international reach, its canny and often remarkable choices, its solid scholarship and linguistic grounding, and its theoretical engagement, Portrait Stories opens up significant new perspectives on the literature of a century.”—Marshall Brown, University of Washington

Lit Z embraces models of criticism uncontained by conventional notions of history, periodicity, and culture and committed to the work of reading. Books in the series may seem untimely, anachronistic, or out-oftouch with contemporary trends because they have arrived too early or too late. Lit Z creates a space for books that exceed and challenge the tendencies of our field and in doing so reflect on the concerns of literary studies here and abroad.

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Imagined Sovereignties

Toward a New Political Romanticism KIR KUIKEN

Reading with John Clare

“From the outset, with its brilliant account of how “Romanticism . . . bears witness to a sovereignty that ceases to be itself the moment it is created,” the argument of Imagined Sovereignties is elaborated in disarmingly clear, precise, and always rigorously developed terms that will do nothing less than shift the ground of the debate around history and politics in Romanticism.”—Jan Plug, University of Western Ontario “Imagined Sovereignties has the virtue of recognizing the stunning imbrication of poetry and politics. This is not just another story about aesthetic ideology. Rather, it is a rich and well-researched reflection on the inextricable relation between a political concept (sovereignty) and a poetic practice (imagination) and an argument for the central importance of this relation to our thinking about romanticisms past and present.”—Sara Guyer, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Biopoetics, Sovereignty, Romanticism SARA GUYER

Reading with John Clare argues that at the heart of contemporary biopolitical thinking is an insistent repression of poetry. By returning to the moment at which biopolitics is said to emerge simultaneously with romanticism, this project renews our understanding of the operations of contemporary politics and its relation to aesthetics across two centuries. “Reading with John Clare is a gem of a book, both compact and evocative, brimming with generative implications not only for Clare scholarship but also for Romantic criticism as a whole. If there is a ‘Clare’ for the twenty-first century, it begins here.”—David Clark, McMaster University 176 PAGES 978-0-8232-6558-9 PAPER, $24.00, £15.99 978-0-8232-6557-2 CLOTH, $75.00, £49.00 SIMULTANEOUS ELECTRONIC EDITION AVAILABLE

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Ending and Unending Agony On Maurice Blanchot PHILIPPE LACOUE-LABARTH Translated by Hannes Opelz

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The Pleasures of Memory

Learning to Read with Charles Dickens SARAH WINTER

“As it makes its way, in a manner that is painstakingly attentive and demanding, through two texts by Maurice Blanchot (The Instant of my Death and ‘(A Primal Scene?)’), Ending and Unending Agony explores the relationship between ‘dying’ and ‘writing’: does not each hold the truth of the other as they relate to the immemorial? That which never took place and of which there is neither memory nor forgetting is also that which binds us to the extremity of sense, where sense renders itself absent. What is at stake as this limit is reached? Can one speak of ‘myth’—something Blanchot had ruled out long ago—or rather of an experience which no one can experience but which nevertheless leaves a trace? Such are some of the questions to which English-speaking audiences may now direct their attention thanks to this translation of Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe’s book on Blanchot.”—Jean-Luc Nancy, University Marc Bloch, Strasbourg

“The Pleasures of Memory is the book on Dickens we have been waiting for. It is also a major study of the Victorian public sphere. Sarah Winter shows how Dickensian serial fiction— the most potent of nineteenth-century new media—cultivated a field of democratic thinking separate from political institutions. Authoritative, lucid and wide-ranging, this is the most convincing analysis of literature’s social function I’ve read in recent years.”—Ian Duncan, University of California, Berkeley “Analyzing the relation between serialization, reading, and memory, and detailing the extraordinary means by which Dickens made himself an institution by appearing to subvert the very nature of institutions, Winter shows how Dickens installed his works, his memories, his authorial presence, and perhaps most influentially, his method of publication—seriality itself—at the center of our collective modern consciousness.”—Audrey Jaffe, University of Toronto

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LITERARY STUDIES POSTCOLONIAL

At Freedom’s Limit

Islam and the Postcolonial Predicament SADIA ABBAS

Iterations of Loss

“Once in a while, a book comes along with the force of a gale and shakes the carefully laid foundations of an academic field or discourse. This is such a book. A compelling and erudite tour-de-force that relentlessly examines the historical amnesias and political erasures at the center of contemporary popular culture and critical theory constructions of the Muslim subject, At Freedom’s Limit powerfully reminds us that radical critique is rooted in complex histories of identity and struggle, both local and global. Incisive, passionate and peppered with scintillating humor, Abbas’s book will surely change the face of postcolonial studies.”—Samah Selim, Rutgers University

Mutilation and Aesthetic Form, Al-Shidyaq to Darwish JEFFREY SACKS

“Coherent and persuasive, Iterations of Loss: Mutilation and Aesthetic Form, al-Shidyaq to Darwish, focuses on poetry and novels by six major 19th and 20th century writers in Arabic— Mahmoud Darwish, Ahmad Faris al-Shidyaq, Elias Khoury, Edmond Amran El Maleh, Shimon Ballas, and Taha Husayn. Sacks conducts a series of close and contextualized readings in Part I, then turns in Part II to some important recent theoretical work in order to stage an encounter between problems of translation, sovereignty, and loss in relation to Arabic writing and the losses of the 20th century, including the dispossession of Palestine in 1948. Sacks’ work will doubtless have important reverberations in translation studies with its increasing concerns with navigating colonial legacies and diasporic studies.”—Judith Butler, University of California, Berkeley “It is bound to stimulate new discussion on questions of literary language and form as well as questions of identity, violence, and loss. Sacks’ book propels Arabic literature in new directions to situate it in larger comparative frameworks than the ones in which it is currently placed, and it also opens up further the field of comparative literature.”—Najat Rahman, University of Montreal

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The People’s Right to the Novel War Fiction in the Postcolony ELENI COUNDOURIOTIS

“In powerful readings of a vast literature of war in Africa, with impeccable scholarship and painstaking attention to historical detail, Eleni Coundouriotis has reconstructed a history of the African novel from below, a history that puts ‘the people’ and their political and literary claims of rights to representation— both in the postcolonial state and its national literature—at the center of the story. The book adds vital new perspectives on the interdependent developments of humanitarian thinking and Naturalism, adding necessary nuance to our understanding of the relationships among literature, human rights, and humanitarianism.”—Joseph R. Slaughter, Columbia University

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Imperial Babel

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Translation, Exoticism, and the Long Nineteenth Century PADMA RANGARAJAN

L AT I N A M E R I C A

“Imperial Babel brings the exciting field of translation studies to bear on the literature of the British Empire in India during the long nineteenth century, roughly from Sir William Jones and Edmund Burke to Max Müller and Rudyard Kipling. Too often critics of English-language literature about India ignore the enormous fact that all such writing emerged from an imperial world that was profoundly polyglot. Rangarajan’s admirable work will thus be of great use and interest to scholars and students of Romantic and Victorian cultures of empire along with readers interested in translation and translation theory.”—Daniel E. White, University of Toronto “A formidable scholarly achievement. The study answers a pronounced need in a number of intersecting fields—Literary Studies, Postcolonial Theory, South Asian Studies, Translation Studies—to understand the complex cross-cultural negotiations taking place between Britain and the Indian colony in the 19th century.”—Christi A. Merrill, University of Michigan

Dancing Jacobins

A Venezuelan Genealogy of Latin American Populism RAFAEL SÁNCHEZ

“Indispensable reading for any serious student of contemporary Latin American populism.”—Claudio Lomnitz, Columbia University “I found this book spellbinding. It has a wildly original thesis (of ‘monumentalization’) to expound. It is staggeringly erudite in terms of Venezuelan history. And it has a marvelously relaxed writing style—ironic, easy, witty, and rounded. Like a mature wine composed of various blends, it brings wonderfully well-wrought ideas to the reader’s attention, and while it seems to bear the gravitas of a life’s work assiduously distilled, it retains the sparkle of fresh discoveries. Rarely have anthropology and history, events and theory, been so beautifully entwined as here, not to mention the shocking relevance of the past to the present. I know of no publication like this.”—Michael Taussig, Columbia University

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LITERARY STUDIES AMERICAN Salvage Work

Reading Publics

U.S. and Caribbean Literatures amid the Debris of Legal Personhood ANGELA NAIMOU

New York City’s Public Libraries, 1754-1911 TOM GLYNN

“A wonderful book. Thoroughly enjoyable.”—Christine Pawley, University of Wisconsin-Madison “A deeply researched, well-written, and solid contribution to library history literature that will interest not only members of the library profession but also scholars and students of intellectual, cultural, social, urban, and print culture history whose own research has been heavily influenced by the rich collections Glynn discusses.”—Wayne Wiegand, Professor of Library and Information Studies Emeritus, Florida State University.

“Salvage Work is a unique and exciting study that engages with a variety of disciplines, including American Studies, Caribbean studies, and postcolonial studies. This is a beautifully written book, which offers astute, nuanced close-readings of the literary works that expose the critical intersections between law, empire, personhood, and literature.”—April Shemak, Sam Houston State “Salvage Work is a thoughtful and timely exploration of the historical, ideological, and political significance of legal personhood in very contemporary fiction. Salvage Work is a wonderful incorporation of a deep body of legal history . . . moving away from purely ‘cultural’ definitions and recognizable political trajectories and toward a complicated reading of identity.”—Samantha Pinto, Georgetown University

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Italoamericana

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The Literature of the Great Migration, 1880-1943 Edited by Francesco Durante General Editor of the American Edition: Robert Viscusi Translations Editor: Anthony Julian Tamburri Bibliographic Editor: James J. Periconi

The Body of Property

“Italoamericana is a supreme work of scholarship—an archive unto itself in the form of a meticulously researched and scrupulously glossed and documented historical anthology of the literary creation of the Italian migration.”—Pellegrino D’Acierno, Hofstra University

Antebellum American Fiction and the Phenomenology of Possession CHAD LUCK

“Luck combines a truly impressive archive of antebellum writing, legal and cultural history, Enlightenment philosophy, and phenomenology with an innovative methodology to tell a new history of property in American literature and culture—the history of what property feels like, from the body to the spaces of the home, the plantation, and the city.”—Jennifer Greiman, University at Albany, SUNY “Written with force and grace, The Body of Property shows how antebellum literature stepped in to address questions that legal thought largely evaded: how do we come to own a thing? Why does property require bodies? Offering us a ‘phenomenology of possession’ in authors ranging from Brown to Stoddard, from J. P. Kennedy to George Lippard, Chad Luck provides a genuinely new account of the cultural work undertaken by antebellum fiction, as it thinks through embodiment and possession in a range of social locations: frontier, parlor, plantation, cityscape. This is a terrific book, well-researched, theoretically nimble, and full of interpretive insight.”—Jonathan Elmer, Indiana University

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A Dancer in the Revolution: Stretch Johnson,

Harlem Communist at the Cotton Club HOWARD EUGENE JOHNSON WITH WENDY JOHNSON Foreword by Mark D. Naison

“Howard ‘Stretch’ Johnson’s life story, ably edited by Wendy Johnson, is a compelling drama of race, dance, and radical politics of the 1930s to 1960s. No other book offers so much deep personal insight in these areas, and this book deserves as many readers as Claude McKay’s Home to Harlem.”—Paul Buhle, authorized biographer of C.L.R. James and retired Senior Lecturer, Brown University “Although this book touches on issues of race and class endlessly discussed by the US left for decades, it is primarily the story of one man’s experience living in a nation whose history is defined by those issues. that life explains more than a thousand debates.”—Counterpunch

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VERBAL ARTS S E R I E S E D I TO R S : L A Z A R F L E I S H M A N A N D H AU N SAU SSY An Atmospherics of the City

Cinepoetry

“The title of Ross Chambers’ brilliant work encapsulates its central paradox: it defines poetry not as music, but as noise; not as formal order, but as what cuts against​​it: its atmospherics.”—Elisabeth Cardonne-Arlyck, Vassar College “The book, moving seamlessly between close analyses of poems and broader theoretical contextualization, is a model for scholarship in the rigorous and delicate attention it pays to the texture of poems; the ease of move between singular details and universal categories; the depth and clarity of thought expressed in precise prose; deep erudition condensed into concise footnotes that keep to the essential, and the inventive receptivity toward texts that presents a new interface with one of the most canonical authors of the Western culture.”—Claire Lyu, University of Virgina

“Wall-Romana uncovers a not previously recognized genre in French literature: cinepoetry: a modernist poem that responds to challenges the cinema posed to writing. This book traces the new genre from Mallarme’s Une Coup de Des to contemporary work, revealing how poets have found inspiration in cinema’s visuality, control of movement and projected light—and in the process discovered new forms for poetry.”—Tom Gunning, University of Chicago “This long-awaited book uncovers new territory for French literature and cultural studies, French film and intermedia, and poetics and new media, revealing the literary projects— cinematic avant la letter—that shaped the early imagining of cinema and its French history.”—Felicia McCarren, Tulane University

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Baudelaire and the Poetics of Noise ROSS CHAMBERS

Imaginary Cinemas in French Poetry CHRISTOPHE WALL-ROMANA

Persistent Forms

Explorations in Historical Poetics Edited by Ilya Kliger and Boris Maslov Foreword by Eric Hayot

POETICS

“Persistent Forms introduces major early exponents as well as offering new applications that illustrate the continuing vitality [of historical poetics]. The juxtaposition of the older and newer essays not only lends interest to the book . . . but also shows historical poetics at work, not only in the grander literature that is the authors’ subject matter but also in the world of academic ideas about literature. A nice rhyme that makes for an especially attractive and interesting publication.”—Emily Klenin, University of California Los Angeles

Transferential Poetics, from Poe to Warhol Adam Frank

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POETS OUT LOUD On Generation and Corruption

Gray Matter

“‘Explorative,’ ‘meta-narrative,’ all such designations are too tame for describing the brainy and bold manner in which Terrance Chiusano’s On Generation and Corruption presides over the disruption of ‘the clinical completeness of the daily briefing, the dull dit-dot-dash of a poetry-making telegraph . . .’ Discursive, formally inventive, endlessly sharp-witted, and gorgeously written, On Generation and Corruption is one of the freshest and most unorthodox books (let alone first books) I have read in a very long time. I will stop at that. There is almost too much to praise here. This book deserves an essay not merely a blurb.”—Lynn Emanuel, University of Pittsburgh

“This eloquent work offers the reader a rare mix of lyrical intensity and abstract rigor. These are poems of inner adventure and outward event, the one sometimes easing into the other like figures at dusk. The narratives here are compelling and the craft hard-earned, making for a wonderful debut collection.”—Eavan Boland “What do I know about poetry? Brains are my business. Well, I know this: great poetry takes the brain by surprise (not merely the reflective self) knocking the neurons out of kilter, just a little, but enough to shock them into fresh patterns of perception, if only for an instant. Gray Matter is an extraordinary collection. I read it, neurons a-buzz, in a single, absorbed sitting. I’m not sure that’s what one is supposed to do with poems as rich, visceral and playfully profound as these. But what do I know about poetry?”—Paul Broks, Neuropsychologist “These poems are kaleidoscopic and pulsing; their living focus shows us that instability too has its elegance, that thought like music is in movement. This is a vibrant, beautifully synaptic book.”—Dean Young

SARA MICHAS-MARTIN Foreword by Susan Wheeler

Poems TERRENCE CHIUSANO

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Cyclorama

DANEEN WARDROP

“Prepare yourself, as you read Cyclorama, to hear voices, voices that will stay in your head long after you’ve put the book down. These voices seem to rise up from the depths of history, from forgotten Civil War identities—nurses, crossdressing female soldiers, American Indian soldiers, slaves. It’s the women’s voices here that haunt me the most, as they record the horrifying loss of life and limb that circles these women like a cyclorama and at times engulfs them. Line by memorable line, Daneen Wardrop revives and adapts the form of the dramatic lyric to give us fragmented voices that consistently and insistently move from striking descriptions—of Civil War battles and wounds, places and events— to unforgettable moments of quiet revelation.”—Ed Folsom, The University of Iowa “This long poem, pitched in so many American voices, is a powerful summoning-back. . . . Cyclorama keeps our dead with us, alongside the living souls we carry in our unfinished civil war. Daneen Wardrop is a rare poet of conscience.” —Jean Valentine

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Errings

PETER STRECKFUS

“To exist in Errings is to experience one’s own language as an alien tongue while finding oneself miraculously capable of understanding it. To read the poems is to experience a similar ecstasy, for their language feels simultaneously erotic and chaste, ancient and avant-garde. Streckfus makes the act of reading feel as thrilling, syllable by syllable, as the fact of being alive. No other poet of his generation coaxes from such a sternly disciplined instrument such ravishingly lyrical music.”—James Longenbach “In his two collections, Peter Streckfus has made a lyric poetry of the highest order: spacious, luminous, contemplative, filled with strange voyages and miniature epics—he is a seer, a visionary, and yet how effortless this work seems; at its center, a stillness as ardent and searching as anything within memory.”—American Academy of Arts and Letters citation for the Rome Prize in Literature

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