Continental Theory Buffalo

Transatlantic Crossroads of a Critical Insurrection

Edited by David R. Castillo, Jean-Jacques Thomas, and Ewa Płonowska Ziarek

Subjects: Literary Theory, Cultural Studies, Comparative Literature, Post Structuralism, Radical History
Series: SUNY series, Humanities to the Rescue
Paperback : 9781438486444, 266 pages, December 2021
Hardcover : 9781438486451, 266 pages, December 2021

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Table of contents


Introduction: Humanities to the Rescue
David R. Castillo

Continental Theory and Graphic Narrative: A Long Yet Missed Encounter
Jan Baetens

When Poetry Talks Theory: Language Poetry and New Narrative's Dialogue with Continental Critical Theory and Philosophy
Vincent Broqua

Peter Consenstein

Poststructuralist Turn?
Jonathan Culler

France, 1968, and the Radical Politics of 1970s Film Theory
Jane M. Gaines

Postscriptum on the Master's Tools
Lucile Haute

Return to Form? Expanded Formalism and the Idea of Literature
Alison James

Not Reading Blanchot: Theory and Practice
Émile Lévesque-Jalbert

Politics and Life Are Not Coextensive: Nancy, Badiou, Balibar, and General Equivalence
Alberto Moreiras

Is Love Revolutionary? Lacan and Duras after '68
Fernanda Negrete

May '68 and SubStance
Michel Pierssens

May '68 and the Crisis of Philosophy of History: Georges Bataille, Furio Jesi, and Latin America
Sergio Villalobos-Ruminott

Afterword: Ends of Thinking in Computational Age
Ewa Plonowska Ziarek


Revisits, reassesses, and reclaims the legacy of May '68 in light of our present cultural and historical emergency.


Continental Theory Buffalo is the inaugural volume of the Humanities to the Rescue book series, a public humanities project dedicated to discussing the role of the arts and humanities today. This book is a collaborative act of humanistic renewal that builds on the transcontinental legacy of May 1968 to offer insightful readings of the cultural (d)evolution of the last fifty years. The volume contributors revisit, reclaim and reassess the "revolutionary" legacy of May 1968 in light of the urgency of the present and the future. Their essays are effective illustrations of the potential of such interpretive traditions as philosophy, literature and cultural criticism to run interference with (and offer alternatives to) the instrumentalist logic and predatory structures that are reducing the world to a collection of quantifiable and tradeable resources. The book will be of interest to cultural historians and theorists, media studies scholars, political scientists, and students of French and Francophone literature and culture on both sides of the Atlantic.

David R. Castillo is Professor of Spanish and Humanities Institute Director at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Jean-Jacques Thomas is Distinguished Professor and Melodia E. Jones Endowed Chair at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Ewa Plonowska Ziarek is Julian Park Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Buffalo, State University of New York; a Senior Research Fellow at the College of Fellows, Philosophy, at Western Sydney University; and a Visiting Faculty in the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts at the University of Maine.