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Knausgård and the Autofictional Novel
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.
Passive Voices (On the Subject of Phenomenology and Other Figures of Speech)
Addresses the question of how language affects the subject of speech through readings of confessional, philosophical, and fictional writings.
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.
The Story Is True, Second Edition, Revised and Expanded
Delves into the meaning of stories, their tellers, and those who experience them.
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.
Shows how feminist writing in British Romanticism developed alternatives to linear time.
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.
Continental Theory Buffalo
Revisits, reassesses, and reclaims the legacy of May '68 in light of our present cultural and historical emergency.
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.
A study of Hu Feng as a literary critic and case study on how intellectual work can respond to political pressure.
The Play of Light
Juxtaposes five contemporary French poets, illuminating the philosophical elements of their work while making their sometimes difficult writing newly accessible.
Modernity as Exception and Miracle
Proposes "the extraordinary" as a defining characteristic of modernity.
A study of novelty through analyses of the language of announcement in revolutionary texts.
Black Cultural Mythology
Offers a new conceptual framework rooted in mythological analysis to ground the field of Africana cultural memory studies.
The Space of Disappearance
Examines the evolution of disappearance as a formal narrative and epistemological phenomenon in late twentieth-century Argentine fiction.
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.
The Movement of Showing
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.
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.
Legacies of the Sublime
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.
The Little Crystalline Seed
Shows how contemporary French philosophy adopted this literary paradigm and argues for its significance for addressing concerns in ethics, ontology, and aesthetics.
Adorno's Poetics of Form
A critical study of the concept of form in Adorno’s writings on art and literature.
The Essentialist Villain
The first book-length study of Bersani’s work, tracing the unfolding of his onto-ethics/aesthetics amidst numerous literary, artistic, and philosophical influences.
Unmaking The Making of Americans
Develops the sustained, relational, dynamic, and reflective attention demanded by Gertrude Stein’s novel into a theory of reading and critical analysis.
The first complete English translation of Lacoue-Labarthe’s most innovative and original work, exploring the very origins of experience, language, desire, and mortality.
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.
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.
Oscillations of Literary Theory
Revises key psychoanalytic concepts that influence interpretive practices in the humanities and formulates a new approach to reading fiction.
In His Voice
A creative study of Maurice Blanchot’s theory of literary voice.
Deconstruction, Its Force, Its Violence
A reappraisal of deconstruction from one of its leading commentators, focusing on the themes of force and violence.
From Comparison to World Literature
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.
Documents in Crisis
Examines the theory and practice of nonfiction narrative literature in twentieth-century Mexico.
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.).
Figures of Simplicity
A fascinating comparison of the work of Heinrich von Kleist and Herman Melville.
A comprehensive examination of one of the twentieth century's most innovative writers and critics.
Ethics, Aesthetics, and the Beyond of Language
Explores why American Romantic writers and contemporary continental thinkers turn to art when writing about ethics.
The Passing of Postmodernism
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.
Africa Writes Back to Self
Explores the metafictional strategies of contemporary African novels rather than characterizing them primarily as a response to colonialism.
Examines the role of forgetfulness in our understanding of the Holocaust.
Philosophical exploration of Jamaica Kincaid’s entire literary oeuvre.
Psychoanalysis, Aesthetics, and Politics in the Work of Julia Kristeva
Considers the social and political significance of Kristeva’s oeuvre.
Eros and Ethics
A comprehensive examination of Lacan’s seminar on ethics.
Materializing Queer Desire
Uses iconic dandy and queer figures to explore relationships between homosexuality, modernism, and modernity.
Questions whether current theories and pedagogies of alterity have allowed us truly to engage the Other.
Unspeakable Secrets and the Psychoanalysis of Culture
Explores the radical political potential of close reading to make the case for a new and invigorated psychoanalytic cultural studies.
Lacan, Language, and Philosophy
Clinical and philosophical perspectives on key issues and debates in Lacanian psychoanalysis.
The Order of Joy
Provocative exploration of a new concept of “joy” within psychoanalytic and cultural studies.
Cary Nelson and the Struggle for the University
Scholars engage the ideas and legacy of Cary Nelson in conversations about the corporate university, teaching, poetry, and activism.
How the Romantics invented psychoanalysis in advance of Freud.
Signifiers and Acts
Situates Lacan’s theory of the subject within contemporary philosophical debates over freedom and agency.
Psychoanalysis and Narrative Medicine
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.
Addresses ethical and aesthetic issues in three major works by Henry James.
Romantic Poetry and the Fragmentary Imperative
Uses the concept of the poetic fragment to draw connections between romantic poetry and modern literature and literary theory.
Heidegger and Rhetoric
Leading scholars address Heidegger’s 1924 lecture course, “Basic Concepts of Aristotelian Philosophy. ”
Draws upon Marx, Western Marxism, and poststructuralist theory to constructively engage contemporary issues.
The Contradictions of Freedom
The essential companion to Simone de Beauvoir's celebrated novel.
Revolt, Affect, Collectivity
Explores how the concept of revolution permeates and unifies Kristeva’s body of work.
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.
African Fiction and Joseph Conrad
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.
Paradoxes of Postcolonial Culture
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.
Lacan in the German-Speaking World
Addresses Lacan's reception in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, offering new perspectives for American readers.
The Logic of Sexuation
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.
Examines this forceful emotion from philosophical, literary, and art historical perspectives.
The authors use examples from their own clinical practice to explain the development of Lacanian theory.
Reading Seminar XX
Examines Lacan's key seminar on sexual difference, knowledge, desire, and love.
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.
Psychoanalyses / Feminisms
Probes the complementary yet contested relations between psychoanalysis and feminism, emphasizing the plural nature of each.
Derrida and the Future of Literature
Confirms the importance of literature in Derrida’s development of a postmodern ethics.
Five Lessons on the Psychoanalytic Theory of Jacques Lacan
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.
Leaves of Mourning
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 ...
Violence and Mediation in Contemporary Culture
This collection of essays addresses two major issues of contemporary culture: the problem of violence in relation to notions of "difference" and power; and the role of mediation in making possible non-conflictive play of cultural differences.
Allegories of Writing
This is a theoretical study of human metamorphosis in Western literature.
Spirits Hovering Over the Ashes
This book explores the consequences of postmodern theory and answers the question, "What did postmodern theory begin?"
Hegemony and Strategies of Transgression
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, ...
Men Writing the Feminine
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 ...
The Creation of Chaos
This is the first book-length study of William James' style, arguing that the manner in which James writes The Principles of Psychology and The Varieties of Religious Experience serves to construct a ...
Twentieth-Century Literary Theory
The ten topics contained in Twentieth-Century Literary Theory reflect contemporary theoretical interests and guide the reader through fundamental questions, from the formation to the uses of theory, and ...