Explores how China’s oldest poetry collection was interpreted in a Confucian exegetical text—the Mao Commentary—in the mid-second century BCE.
Makes a case for the power of music and sound in the face of fascistic forces, from modernism to the present.
Reconsiders the figure of synaesthesia, understood as the combination of the senses and of the arts, in philosophy and literature.
Examines twentieth-century Mexican literature and philosophy within the broad panorama of Latin American and European existentialisms.
Addresses the question of how language affects the subject of speech through readings of confessional, philosophical, and fictional writings.
Challenges and reimagines transnational feminism by analyzing the concept of ummah, or community, in Muslim women's writing.
An original reading of Blanchot's thought with far-reaching philosophical and literary implications.
A major contribution to the study of South Asian literature, offering a landmark view of Mahābhārata studies.
Examines the place of Paris in French Jewish literary memory, a memory that, of necessity, grapples with the aftermath of the Holocaust.
A comparative study of breath and breathing as a core poetic and compositional principle in modern literature.
A close study of one of the most prolific commentary writers in Islamic history.
Examines the place of book-to-film adaptations by one of Italy's most famous postwar film directors.
Revisits, reassesses, and reclaims the legacy of May '68 in light of our present cultural and historical emergency.
Argues that we need to reinvent sovereignty as a motive for democratic political action while remaining alert to its dangers, specifically its relationship to violence.
Examines experimental art and literature by women alongside psychoanalysis and philosophy to develop a new understanding of sublimation and aesthetic experience.
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.
A study of Hu Feng as a literary critic and case study on how intellectual work can respond to political pressure.
Explores the relationship between literature and philosophy in classical and contemporary Buddhist texts.
Explores the role of travel and translation in Brazilian literature and culture from the 1870s to the present.
Proposes "the extraordinary" as a defining characteristic of modernity.
Examines themes of loss and mourning in the late work of Derrida.
Proposes a theoretically rich treatment of temporality within exile as "gerundive" time.
A systematic study of testimony rooted in contemporary continental philosophy and drawing on literary case studies.
Argues that symbolism is an important and unique element of Merleau-Ponty’s phenomenology.
Explores how writers across five continents and four centuries have debated ideas about what it means to be an individual, and shows that the modern self is an ongoing project of global history.
Focuses on how nuances of poetic form alter how we have come to understand cultural aspects of time.
Essays explore the significance of Julia Kristeva’s concept of intimate revolt for social and political philosophy.
Draws on theology and queer theory to argue for the power of humiliating pleasures in a culture oriented very strongly to denying any enjoyment that is not about success.
Assesses the limits and possibilities of humanism for engaging with issues of pressing political and cultural concern.
Reframes philosophical understanding of, and engagement with, tragedy.
Discusses the work of a central, but poorly understood, figure in the development of Persian Sufism, Aḥmad al-Ghazālī.
First English translation of these important works by two of Spain’s most gifted writers and intellectuals.
A poetic, philosophical, and political account of Nietzsche’s importance to Bataille, and of Bataille’s experience in Nazi-occupied France.
Describes how religious tradition is established as available within a text, free from ritual and observance, in Buddhism and Christianity.
Reintroduces the concept of “world literature” in a truly global context, transcending past Eurocentrism.
Provocative reading of the role masochism plays in structuring the aesthetics and political philosophy of Jean-Jacques Rousseau.
A major new interpretation of the philosophical significance of the oeuvre of Denis Diderot.
A selection of poems by one of Islam’s greatest poetic voices.
All of Derrida’s texts on Joyce together under one cover in fresh, new translations, along with key essays covering the range of Derrida’s engagement with Joyce’s works.
Intriguing, updated portraits of classic fairy tale authors.
Explores the work of beloved Sufi poet Umar Ibn al-Farid and its context. Provides many translations of Ibn al-Farid’s poetry.
Explores the transformation of Hindi poetry as it reflects a changing society during the period from 1885 to 1925.
Explores the conceptualization of the Freudian uncanny in various late-twentieth-century theoretical and critical discourses (literary studies, psychoanalysis, cultural studies, art history, trauma studies, architecture, etc.).
A fascinating comparison of the work of Heinrich von Kleist and Herman Melville.
Explores why American Romantic writers and contemporary continental thinkers turn to art when writing about ethics.
Looks at literary works from outside the Judeo-Christian tradition to test Levinas's notion of "the Other. "
A searing personal record of spiritual and communal crisis, wherein the death of god announces the beginning of friendship.
Examines images of horror in Victorian fiction, criticism, and philosophy.
First English translation of Paola Masino’s Nascita e morte della massaia, her most controversial novel that provoked Fascist censorship for its critical portrayal of marriage and motherhood.
Takes Heidegger’s later thought as a point of departure for exploring the boundaries of post-conceptual thinking.
Explores the rhetorical functions of torture and the witnessing of torture in both classical texts and contemporary contexts.
Considers Bataille’s work from an explicitly philosophical perspective.
Explores the relationship between disciplinarity and contemporary ethics of scholarship about the Holocaust.
Looks at the connections between Thoreau’s Walden and the work that influenced it, the Bhagavad-Gita.
Questions whether current theories and pedagogies of alterity have allowed us truly to engage the Other.
A spirited reading of Derrida’s view of ethics as transcendental and performative.
Explores the continuities and discontinuities in the work of Henri Bergson and Gilles Deleuze.
Overturns traditional views of the origins of fairy tales and documents their actual origins and transmission.
Introduces Paramānand, one of India’s poet-saints, his work, and this work’s use in ritual.
Appearing in English for the first time, Schelling’s 1842 lectures develop the idea that many philosophical concepts are born of religious-mythological notions.
First English translation of Nikos Kazantzakis’s 1909 doctoral dissertation on Nietzsche.
Explores the unique and volatile relationship of these two nations and cultures over the past two centuries, as expressed in literature, film, and philosophy.
A groundbreaking work that uncovers an implicit system of hermeneutics in traditional Chinese thought and aesthetics.
Examines the influence of the Pre-Raphaelite movement on art and literature around the world.
Explores postcolonial discourse from the standpoint of feminism and writers in minority languages.
Argues for a new kind of criticism, one that mediates between literal and allegorical modes of interpretation.
Extends the boundaries of Romantic culture from its pre-Kantian past to contemporary theory and beyond.
Puts Schelling in conversation with twentieth-century continental philosophy.
A Russian émigré living in New York travels to Paris to try to reconstruct the secret life of another Russian woman who was murdered there on the eve of World War II.
Traces portrayals of psychosomatic disorders in medical and imaginative literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Writers, translators, and critics explore the cultural politics and transnational impact of Latin American literature.
Examines the manifestations of racism, sexism, and homophobia in the literary works of Shakespeare, Mary Shelley, Joseph Conrad, and Toni Morrison.
Connects Holocaust literature and film to other works of "historical horror" in order to examine the limits that trauma imposes upon literary and artistic expression.
Explores the wounded body in literature from Homer to Toni Morrison, examining how it functions archetypally as both a cultural metaphor and a poetic image.
Explores the connections between Onetti, a foundational figure of the 1960s "Boom" in Latin American literature, and other relevant writers and texts from Latin America and beyond.
Re-evaluates Jose Marti's contribution to Latin America's literature and political evolution.
Combines Western theories of the sublime (from Longinus to Lyotard) with indigenous Indian modes of reading in order to construct a comprehensive theory of both the Indian sublime and Indian devotional verse.
An essential guide for those who seek to reconsider the theoretical problems of (trans-civilizational) comparative literature, those who are interested in the literary and cultural history of modern East Asian countries, and those with a general interest in issues of sexuality.
Considers the tales of Reb Nahman of Bratslav within a broad cultural milieu, including the romanticism of Reb Nahman's time, contemporary feminist hermeneutics, and the fantastic in various contexts.
Using Bakhtinian theory, this study reveals how and why readers routinely refer to the words and ideas of others to interpret the meanings and implications of the books they read.
Traces the early German Romantic origins of Joyce's modern and postmodern innovation of the novel.
Defines postmodern writing and distinguishes it from modern writing by citing examples from two modern and three postmodern writers: Italo Calvino, John Barth, Toni Morrison, E. L. Doctorow, and Antonio Tabucchi.
This book of literary criticsm uses Lacanian psychoanalytic theory to explicate Roland Barthes, Albert Camus, Ernest Hemingway, D.H. Lawrence, and Alain Robbe-Grillet.
This untraditional text is a series of parables, allegories, and prose poems that reflect on the problem of the fragment. Studying the fragment lays the theoretical ground for the basic question of where a text begins and ends.
Explores the many faces of power as revealed in twentieth-century Spanish-American fiction.
This book addresses the question of human uniqueness at a time when academic discourse has all but abandoned its long-held commitment to the value of individuality. Through an appraisal of the works of ...
This is a study of the relationship between postmodernism and post-enlightenment German thought reading the contemporary theoretical scene through its nineteenth-century counterpart and examining the intersections.
This book provides the first truly sustained commentary to appear in either French or English on Lacan's most important seminar, The Four Fundamental Concepts of Psychoanalysis. The 16 contributors unpack ...
This book builds a new vision of the development of Russian revolutionary culture, bringing together fiction, criticism, utopian projects, manifestos, performance and film theory, religious philosophy, ...
Genuinely interdisciplinary in approach, The Meaning of Irony brings together literary analysis and, from psychoanalysis, both theory and case studies. Its investigation ranges from everyday examples ...
"Here comes a walking fire," the Fool says to Lear as he sees Gloucester walking across a heath carrying a torch. This novel opens in fall, 1988, as Cora, an anti-war activist, returns to the U.S. from ...
This book reads the Gothic corpus with a thoroughly postmodern critical apparatus, pointing out that the Gothic Sublime anticipates our own doomed desire to pass beyond the hyperreal. A highly sophisticated ...
Sussman here explores the relevance and value of object-relations theory to literature and literary studies. His study of character treats literature as a medium in which important relationships to conceptualized ...
Philosophy and literary theory have devoted a great deal of their analysis to the problem of the origin and modalities of argumentation, but there has been an almost total lack of interest in the question ...
This book studies the literary and cinematic functions of the pornographic as a development from a poetics of obscenity. It focuses on the developments of French, British, and American artistic pornography ...
By using the concept of play as a common denominator, this book outlines ways in which literary creativity can act as a free, open, and speculatively unburdened version of religious concerns. Contributors ...
This book explores the relationship between authority and context and attempts to establish the ways in which authority is a function of a particular agent or set of agents, and the degree to which it ...