SUNY series, Literature . . . in Theory

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This Side of Philosophy

Assesses a distinct style of thinking in twentieth-century Spanish writing, one in which literature plays a central role in reaching behind philosophy to essential sources of life and meaning.

Literature and Skepticism

Examines the skeptical foundations of literature in order to reassess the status of fiction.

The Writing of Innocence

An original reading of Blanchot's thought with far-reaching philosophical and literary implications.

Between Celan and Heidegger

Probing reassessment of the relation between Celan's poetry and Heidegger's thought.

Poetics of Breathing

A comparative study of breath and breathing as a core poetic and compositional principle in modern literature.

Toward an African Future—Of the Limit of World

Examines the thought of W. E. B. Du Bois, with attention to its potential for reorienting present-day critical theory and political philosophy.

The Play of Light

Juxtaposes five contemporary French poets, illuminating the philosophical elements of their work while making their sometimes difficult writing newly accessible.

Knowing It When You See It

Lively analysis of how Henry James's fiction anticipates later filmmakers' concerns with what we can see and what we can know.

The Blossom Which We Are

Charts the vicissitudes of a distinctly modern and peculiarly human vulnerability—our intimate dependence on the fragile, time-bound cultural framework that we inhabit—in the history of the realist novel.

The Lily's Tongue

Examines four discourses by Kierkegaard, arguing that they play a critical and surprising role in his oeuvre and contribute to the philosophy of figural language.

Echoes of a Queer Messianic

Reconsiders mostly German narratives from around 1800 to recover echoes of a queer messianic that still resonate today.

Storytelling

An innovative philosophical meditation on the muteness of Holocaust survivors and the human faculty of storytelling.

The Vocation of Writing

Explores how violence structures language and the writing of literature and philosophy.

Figures of Time

Focuses on how nuances of poetic form alter how we have come to understand cultural aspects of time.

Phrase

The first complete English translation of Lacoue-Labarthe’s most innovative and original work, exploring the very origins of experience, language, desire, and mortality.

The Love of Ruins

Explores issues related to race and religion in Lovecraft criticism.

Witnessing beyond the Human

Provides an innovative and theoretically rigorous approach to the subject of testimony in Latin America.

Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe's Phrase

First sustained critical reading of Lacoue-Labarthe's Phrase, which provides insights into a philosophically inspired work of prose poetry.

Literature and "Interregnum"

Examines literary responses to the impact of economic and technological globalization in Latin America.