A probing, generative analysis of Knausgård’s My Struggle, with implications for our understanding of the novel form more broadly in the twenty-first century.
Assesses the contributions of six major psychoanalytic thinkers in the light of current academic and clinical trends in psychoanalysis.
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.
Addresses the question of how language affects the subject of speech through readings of confessional, philosophical, and fictional writings.
Delves into the meaning of stories, their tellers, and those who experience them.
An original reading of Blanchot's thought with far-reaching philosophical and literary implications.
Probing reassessment of the relation between Celan's poetry and Heidegger's thought.
A comparative study of breath and breathing as a core poetic and compositional principle in modern literature.
Shows how feminist writing in British Romanticism developed alternatives to linear time.
Examines the thought of W. E. B. Du Bois, with attention to its potential for reorienting present-day critical theory and political philosophy.
Revisits, reassesses, and reclaims the legacy of May '68 in light of our present cultural and historical emergency.
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.
Juxtaposes five contemporary French poets, illuminating the philosophical elements of their work while making their sometimes difficult writing newly accessible.
Proposes "the extraordinary" as a defining characteristic of modernity.
Offers a new conceptual framework rooted in mythological analysis to ground the field of Africana cultural memory studies.
Examines the evolution of disappearance as a formal narrative and epistemological phenomenon in late twentieth-century Argentine fiction.
A study of novelty through analyses of the language of announcement in revolutionary texts.
A comprehensive discussion of an important but elusive Lacanian concept within the field of psychoanalysis, as well as its relevance for philosophy, literature, gender, and queer studies.
Explores why Derrida, Hegel, and Heidegger conceive their thought as a “movement” rather than as a presentation of results or conclusions, and of the consequences of such an indirect method for critique and responsibility.
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.
Shows how contemporary French philosophy adopted this literary paradigm and argues for its significance for addressing concerns in ethics, ontology, and aesthetics.
Pairs literary works with philosophical and theoretical texts to examine how the Kantian sublime influenced authors in their treatments of freedom and subjectivity through the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Develops the sustained, relational, dynamic, and reflective attention demanded by Gertrude Stein’s novel into a theory of reading and critical analysis.
A critical study of the concept of form in Adorno’s writings on art and literature.
The first book-length study of Bersani’s work, tracing the unfolding of his onto-ethics/aesthetics amidst numerous literary, artistic, and philosophical influences.
The first complete English translation of Lacoue-Labarthe’s most innovative and original work, exploring the very origins of experience, language, desire, and mortality.
First sustained critical reading of Lacoue-Labarthe's Phrase, which provides insights into a philosophically inspired work of prose poetry.
Provides an innovative and theoretically rigorous approach to the subject of testimony in Latin America.
Investigates the ways in which new technologies and theories of photography, phonography, moving images, and digital media engage with a diverse set of texts by British Romantic writers.
Revises key psychoanalytic concepts that influence interpretive practices in the humanities and formulates a new approach to reading fiction.
A creative study of Maurice Blanchot’s theory of literary voice.
A reappraisal of deconstruction from one of its leading commentators, focusing on the themes of force and violence.
Reintroduces the concept of “world literature” in a truly global context, transcending past Eurocentrism.
Examines the importance of Leo Bersani’s work for queer theory, psychoanalysis, literary criticism and theory, cultural studies, and film studies.
Psychoanalytic perspectives on Kristeva's fiction.
Examines the theory and practice of nonfiction narrative literature in twentieth-century Mexico.
A comprehensive examination of one of the twentieth century's most innovative writers and critics.
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.
Examines the increasingly prevalent assumption that postmodernism is over and that literature and film are once again engaging sincerely with issues of ethics and politics.
Explores the metafictional strategies of contemporary African novels rather than characterizing them primarily as a response to colonialism.
Considers the social and political significance of Kristeva’s oeuvre.
A comprehensive examination of Lacan’s seminar on ethics.
Philosophical exploration of Jamaica Kincaid’s entire literary oeuvre.
Examines the role of forgetfulness in our understanding of the Holocaust.
Uses iconic dandy and queer figures to explore relationships between homosexuality, modernism, and modernity.
Explores the radical political potential of close reading to make the case for a new and invigorated psychoanalytic cultural studies.
Questions whether current theories and pedagogies of alterity have allowed us truly to engage the Other.
How the Romantics invented psychoanalysis in advance of Freud.
Clinical and philosophical perspectives on key issues and debates in Lacanian psychoanalysis.
Scholars engage the ideas and legacy of Cary Nelson in conversations about the corporate university, teaching, poetry, and activism.
Provocative exploration of a new concept of “joy” within psychoanalytic and cultural studies.
Situates Lacan’s theory of the subject within contemporary philosophical debates over freedom and agency.
Contributors explore the significance of literature and psychoanalysis for medical education and practice.
Fiction writers and critics engage the aesthetic, political, philosophical, and cultural dimensions of contemporary fiction.
An original critique of queer theory, from a psychoanalytic perspective.
Traces the development of Lacanian theory, and its possible future.
Uses the concept of the poetic fragment to draw connections between romantic poetry and modern literature and literary theory.
An introduction to Badiou's philosophical thought and its implications for other humanistic disciplines and the social sciences.
Explores the undertheorized convergence of postcoloniality and whiteness.
An introduction to the philosophical, economic, historical, feminist, and cultural versions of post-Marxist theory.
Interrogates the "writing back to the center" approach to intertextuality and explores alternatives to it.
Uses literature, philosophy, and psychoanalysis to explore the emerging logic of the posthuman.
Explores postcolonial discourse from the standpoint of feminism and writers in minority languages.
Argues that deconstruction is not a critical methodology or theory but that which makes any act of good reading possible.
Addresses Lacan's reception in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, offering new perspectives for American readers.
Challenges essentialist notions of gender through a detailed account of Lacan's theories of gender, sexuality, and sexual difference.
Rereads Jung in light of contemporary theoretical concerns, and offers a variety of examples of post-Jungian literary and cultural criticism.
Offers historical and present-day perspectives on what English departments do, and how and why they do it.
Leading voices in literary and cultural studies examine the study of literature at the college level, including the fate of theory, the rise of cultural studies, the academic “star” system, and the difficult job market.
Examines the figure of the cannibal as it relates to cultural identity in a wide range of literary and cultural texts.
Argues that German Romanticism, Zen Buddhism, and deconstruction, for all their cultural differences, are three expressions of a universal vision.
Offers an interdisciplinary approach to narrative perspective, with essays by leading scholars of literary studies, cognitive psychology, linguistics, philosophy, and film and media criticism.
Explores how shifts in the job market and changes in university culture and administration have influenced the "post-theory" generation of literary critics.
Wry and honest essays on the everyday conditions of professional life at a "second-rate" university, with implications for our understanding of higher education in general.
These "narralogues" combine story and argument, moving from Socratic dialogue to outright narrative, and ultimately making the case that fiction is a medium for telling the truth.
Probes the complementary yet contested relations between psychoanalysis and feminism, emphasizing the plural nature of each.
Provides a clear account of the issues in Spanish American fiction in the last quarter-century by attempting to answer questions on the Boom, Post-Boom, and its relation to Postmodernism.
In this first English translation of a classic text by one of the foremost commentators on Lacan's work, Nasio eloquently demonstrates the clinical and practical import of Lacan's theory, even in its most difficult or obscure moments.
Explores the way that four major works of Russian literature--Gogol's Dead Souls, Goncharov's Oblomov, Zamiatin's We, and Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita--define a cultural "self" for the Russian people. Focusing on the deep cultural currents that pull Russian society in contradictory ways, Noplace Like Home also explores the writer's struggle to overcome these tensions through the creation of a literary utopia.
Examines the concept of play in Western thought, with special emphasis on the relationship between aesthetics and ethics, and envisions literary discourse as contributing to an alternative mentality based on peace rather than power.
This wide-ranging, interdisciplinary study of suffering and literature examines how literature can give expression to the essentially wordless reality of suffering.
Examines the influence of Nietzsche on Russian Formalists, Russian Modernism, and Mikhail Bakhtin, reinforcing the importance of the modernist theoreticians by reading them in the contemporary theoretical context.
A comprehensive examination of the meaning, history, and evolution of the basic notion of "literature" from antiquity to the seventeenth century.
Discusses literary representations of death to explore the relation between writing and death--death understood as both the death of the individual and the death of meaning.
Examines allegory in Hölderlin's later work, exploring subjects such as Freud and Derrida's views of mourning, and offering original readings of works including Impossible Ode, Mnemosyne, and The Churchyard ...
In this collection of essays, Lacan's early work is first discussed systematically by focusing on his two earliest seminars: Freud's Papers on Technique and The Ego in Freud's Theory and in the Technique ...
This is a collection of essays concerned with the thematic implications of Freud's deep interest in the art objects in his collection of antiquity.
In this detective novel set in a small, intense seminar, eight students study what their professor regards as the central mystery of human nature: the uniqueness of the individual. One morning a woman ...
This book explores the consequences of postmodern theory and answers the question, "What did postmodern theory begin?"
This book offers a radical, "Third World" approach to current debates on canon revision, multiculturalism, Eurocentrism, and reforms in education and culture.
This book aims at refocusing critical reflection on thematics in the arts, a topic that has been neglected recently. The volume is divided into four sections: theoretical essays, applications to literature, ...
This book is about the way that popular film brings to a "sayable" level that which haunts us in the media headlines.
Perverse Desire and the Ambiguous Icon analyzes the limits of the applicability of psychoanalytic theory to aesthetic discourse, and in doing so expands the range of non-normative paradigms of spectatorial ...
Drawing on recent developments concerning national identity in post-Marxist criticism and Derridean philosophy, Wolfreys looks at the ways in which literature is used to represent the English middle-classes ...
What happens when a male author writes the feminine? Can a male author completely identify with a woman? Or does a male author always write through a woman's voice for purposes of his own? This fascinating ...
This book shows how writers like James Joyce, James Merrill, and Doris Lessing; scientists like Gregory Bateson, Ilya Prigogine, and David Bohm; and theorists like Jacques Derrida, Jacques Lacan, and ...
This is an American novel of formed chaos playfully enacting the centrality of language in late twentieth-century art and life through the voices of two women steeped in Western traditions, one telling ...