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Cathay Deep Time, Dark Times
A Critical Edition On Being Geologically Human
Edited by Timothy Billings, Introduction by
“A timely and transformative challenge to confront our
Christopher Bush, Foreword by Haun Saussy
responsibilities in the face of climate disaster and the An-
“A miracle of poetic reincarnation, Ezra Pound’s Cathay thropocene, Deep Time, Dark Times draws insights from
finally gets a comprehensive and thorough treatment in this Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Derrida to inform our emerging
critical edition. A marvel of scholarship that will be required geological consciousness. Playful while serious, sophisti-
reading for all students of poetry.”—Yunte Huang cated yet disarmingly genuine, Wood leads us through the
Ezra Pound’s Cathay is a masterpiece of modernism, but also conceptual brambles of our planetary plight and raises the
of world literature. The muscular precision of images that stakes for what it means to think philosophically in our time.
mark Pound’s translations helped established a modern style His lessons on thinking and living geohistorically will be es-
for American literature, at the same time creating a thirst sential reading for environmental humanists, philosophers,
for classical Chinese poetry in English. Yet Pound wrote it and anyone interested in avoiding the worst of our possible
without knowing any Chinese, relying instead on word-for- futures.”—Ted Toadvine, University of Oregon
word “cribs” from notebooks that reveal a remarkable story 176 PAGES
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Thinking Out Loud
By placing Pound’s final text alongside the Chinese originals DECEMBER 2018
and manuscript traces of Pound’s Japanese and American
interlocutors, the fully annotated critical edition resituates Reoccupy Earth: Notes toward an Other Beginning
Cathay as a classic of world literature. DAVID WOOD
364 PAGES, 7 X 9
9780823281060, HARDBACK, $34.95, £26.99 Habit rules our lives. And yet climate change and the cata-
DECEMBER 2018 strophic future it portends, makes it clear that we cannot go
on like this.
The Unconstructable Earth Philosophy is about emancipation—from illusions, myths,
An Ecology of Separation and oppression. In Reoccupy Earth, the noted philosopher
FRÉDÉRIC NEYRAT David Wood shows how an approach to philosophy attuned
Translated by Drew S. Burk to our ecological existence can suspend the taken-for-grant-
“A vitally important book that stakes out a new position in ed and open up alternative forms of earthly dwelling. Shar-
the environmental humanities.”—Steven Shaviro ing the earth, as we do, raises fundamental questions about
space and time, place and history, territory and embodi-
The Anthropocene announces a post-natural planet that can ment—questions that philosophy cannot directly answer but
be remade at will through the prowess of geoengineering. can help us to frame and to work out for ourselves.
With it, a new kind of power, geopower, takes the entire
Earth, in its social, biological and geophysical dimensions, as Bringing an uncommon lucidity, directness, and even prac-
an object of knowledge, intervention, and governmentality. ticality to sophisticated philosophical questions, Wood plots
This shift has been aided, wittingly or not, by theorists of the experiential pathways that disrupt our habitual existence
constructivist turn who have likewise called into question and challenge our everyday complacency.
the divide between nature and culture. 240 PAGES
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Against both camps, this book confronts the unconstruc- Groundworks: Ecological Issues in Philosophy and Theology
table Earth, proposing an “ecology of separation” that ac- APRIL 2019
knowledges the wild, subtractive capacity of nature. Neyrat
shows what it means to appreciate Earth as an unsubstitut- Killing Times
able becoming that always escapes the hubris of those who The Temporal Technology of the Death Penalty
would remake and master it. DAVID WILLS
256 PAGES, 3 BLACK AND WHITE ILLUSTRATIONS “Killing Times makes an enormous contribution to under-
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Meaning Systems standing the logic of capital punishment in its disparate
practices, laws, and customs. For the first time we see that
capital punishment is not only about retribution through
state-imposed death, but it is also and above all about the
absolute mastery of time through the creation of a kind of
negative prosthesis—technology—that impossibly supple-
ments and completes the human by subtracting and destroy-
ing it. This is scholarship and theoretical analysis at the high-
est level: thorough, wide-ranging, and convincing.”—Allan
Stoekl, Pennsylvania State University
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Queer as Camp Decolonial Love
Essays on Summer, Style, and Sexuality Salvation in Colonial Modernity
Edited by Kenneth B. Kidd and Derritt Mason JOSEPH DREXLER-DREIS
To camp means to occupy a place and/or time provisionally Bringing together theologies of liberation and decolonial
or under special circumstances. To camp can also mean to thought, Decolonial Love interrogates colonial frameworks
queer. And for many children and young adults, summer that shape Christian thought and legitimize structures of
camp is a formative experience mixed with homosocial oppression and violence within Western modernity. In
structure and homoerotic longing. In Queer as Camp, edi- response to the historical situation of colonial modernity,
tors Kenneth B. Kidd and Derritt Mason curate a collection the book offers a decolonial mode of theological reflection
of essays and critical memoirs exploring the intersections and names a historical instance of salvation that stands in
of “queer” and “camp,” focusing especially on camp as an conflict with Western modernity.
alternative and potentially nonnormative place and/or time. Decolonial Love offers to theologians a foothold within the
Highly interdisciplinary in scope, Queer as Camp reflects on modern/colonial context from which to commit to the
camp and Camp with candor, insight, and often humor. sacred and, from a historical encounter with the divine
256 PAGES, 6 BLACK AND WHITE ILLUSTRATIONS mystery, face up to and take responsibility for the legacies
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MAY 2019 of colonial domination and violence within a struggle to
transform reality.
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Conversations on Animals as Food DECEMBER 2018
Samantha King, R. Scott Carey, Isabel Macquarie,
Victoria Millious, and Elaine Power, Editors
The Supermarket of the Visible
Literature on the ethics and politics of food and that on Toward a General Economy of Images
animal-human relationships have infrequently converged. PETER SZENDY
Representing an initial step towards bridging this divide, Translated by Jan Plug
Messy Eating features interviews with thirteen prominent
“A gifted writer with real pedagogical talent, Szendy knows
and emerging scholars about the connections between their
just the appropriate dosage of theoretical fine points (which
academic work and their approach to consuming animals as
he makes with surgical precision) and shifts register as
food. The collection explores how authors working across
needed to quite accessible discussions of popular films and
a range of perspectives—postcolonial, Indigenous, Black,
television.”—Suzanne Guerlac
queer, trans, feminist, disability, poststructuralist, posthu-
manist, and multispecies—weave their theoretical and po- Images saturate our world now more than ever, constituting
litical orientations with daily, intimate, and visceral practices the visibility in which we live. The Supermarket of the Vis-
of food consumption, preparation, and ingestion. ible analyzes this space and the icons that populate it as the
288 PAGES culmination of a history of the circulation and general com-
9780823283651, PAPERBACK, $30.00, £22.99 modification of images and gazes. From the first elevators
JUNE 2019 and escalators, to cinema, all the way down to contemporary
eye-tracking techniques that monitor the slightest saccades
Reading Sideways of our eyes, Szendy offers an entirely novel theory of the
The Queer Politics of Art in Modern American Fiction intersection of the image and economics.
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Reading Sideways explores the pivotal role that various art Thinking Out Loud
forms played in American literary fiction in direct relation APRIL 2019
to the politics of gender and sexuality in works of modern
American literature. It tracks the crosswise circulation of
aesthetic ideas in fiction and argues that at stake in the aes-
thetic turn of these works was not only the theorization of
aesthetic experience, but also an engagement with political
arguments about available modes of sociability and sexual
expression. To track these engagements, author Dana Seitler
performs a method she calls “lateral reading,” a mode of
interpretation that moves horizontally through various
historical entanglements and across the fields of the arts to
make sense of—and see in a new light—their connections,
challenges, and productive frictions.
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Mapping Memory Practicing Caste
Visuality, Affect, and Embodied Politics in the Americas On Touching and Not Touching
Foreword by Anupama Rao
In Mapping Memory, Kaitlin M. Murphy investigates the use
of memory as a means of contemporary sociopolitical inter- “A remarkable exercise in showing what is possible when we
vention. Mapping Memory focuses specifically on visual case attend to caste as if we were confronting it for the first time.
studies, including documentary film, photography, perfor- . . . In posing caste as a problem for ethics, Jaaware returns
mance, new media, and physical places of memory, from sites to that fundamental question of what it means to be-with-
ranging from the Southern Cone to Central America and the others in a startlingly new manner.”—Anupama Rao, from
US-Mexico borderlands. Murphy develops new frameworks the Foreword
for analyzing how visual culture performs as an embodied Practicing Caste attempts a fundamental break from the
agent of memory and witnessing, arguing that visuality is historicist and sociological tradition of caste studies. Engag-
inherently performative. By analyzing the performative ele- ing with the resources phenomenology, structuralism, and
ments, or strategies, of visual texts – such as embodiment, re- poststructuralism offer to our thinking of the body, Jaaware
enactment, haunting, and the performance of material objects helps to illuminate the ethical relations that caste entails,
and places, Murphy elucidates how memory is both anchored especially around its injunctions concerning touching. The
in and extracted from specific bodies, objects, and places. resulting insights offer new ways of thinking about sociality
208 PAGES, 13 BLACK AND WHITE ILLUSTRATIONS that are pertinent not only to India but also to thinking the
9780823282531, PAPERBACK, $30.00, £22.99 common on a planetary basis.
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Biopolitics and the Unintelligibility of Okinawan Life
“Through an analytic of ‘mixed race,’ Shimabuku offers an Under Representation
incisive indictment of Japan’s middle-class ideology of het- The Racial Regime of Aesthetics
eronormativity and racial purity. Provocatively illuminating DAVID LLOYD
the recalcitrant possibilities of Okinawan politics and life-
forms beyond law and the State, Alegal must be engaged by “The rigorous care with which David Lloyd examines and
everyone concerned with post-1945 Okinawa and fascism in challenges the entanglement of race, representation and the
our time.”—Lisa Yoneyama, University of Toronto aesthetic is irresistible and indispensable. Under Represen-
tation is a major, and singular, achievement.”—Fred Moten,
“Shimabuku examines the complex relationship between the New York University
United States and Japan as it played out through the racial-
ized and gendered bodies of Okinawa. While Okinawa may Under Representation shows how the founding texts of
seem at the periphery of two imperial powers, Shimabuku aesthetic philosophy ground the racial order of the modern
puts it dead center in a brilliant and sharp-eyed account of world in our concepts of universality, freedom, and human-
how zones of alegality are also zones of origin for the law ity. Late Enlightenment discourse on aesthetic experience
itself.“—James Martel, San Francisco State University proposes a decisive account of the conditions of possibil-
ity for universal human subjecthood. The aesthetic forges a
9780823282654, PAPERBACK, $28.00, £20.99 powerful “racial regime of representation” whose genealogy
DECEMBER 2018 runs from Enlightenment thinkers like Kant and Schiller to
late Modernist critics like Adorno and Benjamin.
The Tongue-Tied Imagination Both a genealogy and an account of our present, Under Rep-
Decolonizing Literary Modernity in Senegal resentation ultimately helps show how a political reading of
TOBIAS WARNER aesthetics can help us build a racial politics adequate for the
Should a writer work in a former colonial language or in a problems we face today, one that stakes claims more radical
vernacular? The Tongue-Tied Imagination explores how the than multicultural demands for representation.
language question came to matter. Focusing on Senegal, 240 PAGES
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Warner draws on extensive archival research and an under-
studied corpus of novels, poetry, and films in both French
and Wolof, as well as educational projects and popular peri-
odicals. In tracing the politics of language from colonization
through independence to the era of neoliberal development,
Warner reveals language debates as a site from which to
rethink the terms of world literature and chart a renewed
practice of literary comparison.
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Critical Rhythm Lives of the Dead Poets
The Poetics of a Literary Life Form Keats, Shelley, Coleridge
Ben Glaser and Jonathan Culler, Editors KAREN SWANN
“This volume, with incandescent and defamiliarizing “This is one of the most exquisitely-crafted books I have ever
rhythms of its own, takes up rhythm as the central, ever- had the privilege of reading. Swann sets out to complicate
fugitive term in debates over sound and sense, the visible the idea that biographical fascination is simply retrograde,
and the audible, the history of prosodic discourses, and sentimental, canonizing, or ideological. With the assurance
methodological approaches to reading and performance.”— of a deeply felt calling, this book addresses the largest ques-
Max Cavitch, University of Pennsylvania tions that we face as readers of literature.”—Marc Redfield,
Rhythm constitutes an untapped resource for understand- Brown University
ing poetry, making legible a range of ways poetry affects “Swann is possessed of a prose style that is both clear and,
us. Considering rhythm’s rich but also problematic roots in at times, breath-takingly surprising. A beautifully conceived,
nineteenth-century notions of primitive, oral, communal, organized, and written study.”—Adela Pinch, University of
and sometimes racialized poetics, this book expands the Michigan
terms through which we understand poetry. 192 PAGES
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Lit Z
Gerber, Ben Glaser, Virginia Jackson, Simon Jarvis, Ewan Jones, APRIL 2019
Erin Kappeler, Meredith Martin, David Nowell Smith, Yopie Prins,
Haun Saussy
9780823282036, PAPERBACK, $35.00, £26.99 Contemporary Poetry and the Making of Globalization
Verbal Arts: Studies in Poetics WALT HUNTER
“In a field dominated by the novel, we need smart critics like
Walt Hunter to reveal poetry’s very different engagements
with politics and economics. From territorial dispossession
Foreword by Afaa M. Weaver to environmental devastation, Hunter shows the agonies
of globalization prompting subtle and inventive poetic re-
“Vividly reimagined and gorgeously rendered, Julia Bouws- sponses.”—Caroline Levine, Cornell University
ma’s Midden gives voice to the citizens of Malaga Island, off
the coast of Maine, who early in the twentieth century were “This smart, engaging, and timely book sets rethinks peri-
removed from their homes, their lives destroyed. Bouwsma odization according to the rhythms of capitalism. Finely
writes, ‘I tried to write the island / to life.’ In this devastating written, with many moments of startling beauty and poetic
and beautiful collection, she does just that, as she expands nuance, Forms of a World offers a crucial reassessment of
the field of documentary poetics. These poems bear wit- poetry’s importance today.”—Christopher Nealon, Johns
ness to the tragedy of Malaga Island and demand that we Hopkins University
remember our country’s violence to people and land. Julia 192 PAGES
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Bouwsma’s voice is eloquent and urgent.”—Nicole Cooley JANUARY 2019
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Poets Out Loud

“Voices in the singular and plural compel Henk Rossouw’s
Xamissa with such ‘ecstatic stride’ as to match the inten-
sity of human spectacle advancing the procession of Cape
Town’s history. The collective effect of alternating scenes and
incantations reflect an ethical imperative of uncertainty—
destabilizing shifts of mood and matter; of the external
and internal viewpoint. With formal ambition and acoustic
scales of mind, Rossouw confronts a past haunted by racial
brutality, even as it imagines an eventual social unity and the
durational ‘anyway’ that poetry’s historical imagination is
able to contain.”—Roberto Tejada
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The Two Cultures of English Literature and the Remains
Literature, Composition, and the Moment of Rhetoric of the Death Penalty
“The Two Cultures of English takes a new look at the rise “A capstone book. Kamuf ’s scholarship is careful and hon-
of theory in literary studies. Despite myriad claims about est, and the book is a delight to read.”—Diane Rubenstein,
breaking down boundaries, theory also enforced some, Cornell University
generally taking the mantle of pure thought in contrast to “This is a superb book, with rich readings of essential texts
the practical work of composition. Maxwell focuses on how that offer a fresh start to an urgent but often ignored ques-
both met on the terrain of rhetoric. It is one of the first stud- tion of justice. Without moralizing, Kamuf takes a strong
ies that puts the two together in a sustained way, versed in position against the death penalty, directly confronting
both literary and composition scholarship. Reassessing the the actual legal, political, ethical, social, and philosophical
recent past, The Two Cultures is an excellent addition to questions it raises. In one blow, she overhauls the debate
new histories of criticism and theory.”—Jeffrey J. Williams, and makes us look at what really matters in it. The book will
author of How to Be an Intellectual: Essays on Criticism, Cul- find a wide, hungry, and receptive audience across a range of
ture, and the University fields and disciplines.”—Thomas Keenan, Bard College
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JANUARY 2019 Idiom: Inventing Writing Theory

Maurice Blanchot Death Now

A Critical Biography Chronicles of Intellectual Life, 1944
Translated by John McKeane Translated by Michael Holland
“An essential addition to the library of anyone seriously “The time has come to attend to Blanchot’s early literary
interested in Maurice Blanchot and the evolutions of literary and political journalism (his missteps included) which,
and philosophical thinking in twentieth-century France.” surprisingly, the first generation of his postwar admirers
—Lydia Davis barely noteds. It reminds us that this major theoretician of
“An event of the first magnitude, illuminating the life and literary modernity has never been associated with academia:
writing of perhaps the most compelling, unsettling, and the newspaper was the site of his first critical exercise. Death
wondrously enigmatic author of the last century.”—Tom Now provides a rich overview of the French literary atmo-
Conley, Harvard University sphere during the fateful final period of the Occupation. It
is also unmistakably haunted by the ghost of a Blanchot to
Maurice Blanchot has long inspired writers, artists, and come.”—Denis Hollier, New York University
philosophers with some of the most incisive statements of
what it meant to experience the traumas and turmoils of the 9780823281794, PAPERBACK, $35.00, £26.99
twentieth century. Bident’s magisterial biography provides
the first full-length account of Blanchot’s itinerary, drawing
Ecstasy in the Classroom
on unpublished letters and interviews with the writer’s close
Trance, Self, and the Academic Profession
friends, while also providing a sophisticated genealogy of his
in Medieval Paris
9780823281756, PAPERBACK, $40.00, £32.00 Can ecstatic experiences be studied with the academic in-
struments of rational investigation? What kinds of religious
illumination are experienced by academically minded peo-
ple? And what is the specific nature of the knowledge of God
that university theologians of the Middle Ages enjoyed com-
pared with other modes of knowing God, such as rapture,
prophecy, the beatific vision, or simple faith? Ecstasy in the
Classroom explores the interface between academic theology
and ecstatic experience in the first half of the thirteenth cen-
tury, formative years in the history of the University of Paris,
medieval Europe’s “fountain of knowledge.”
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Fordham Series in Medieval Studies
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Systems of Life: Biopolitics, Economics, and Exterranean
Literature on the Cusp of Modernity Extraction in the Humanist Anthropocene
Richard A. Barney and Warren Montag, Editors PHILLIP JOHN USHER
Systems of Life offers a wide-ranging revaluation of the emer- “For anyone who might be suffering from Anthropocene
gence of biopolitics in Europe from the mid– eighteenth to fatigue, this is a book to jolt you from your slumbers. What
the mid–nineteenth century. In staging an encounter among happens to the globe when we shift attention from the out-
literature, political economy, and the still emergent sciences ward projection of emissions to extraction? The Earth we
of life in that historical moment, the essays collected here thought we knew, and were already mourning, takes on a
reopen the question of how concepts of animal, vegetable, stunning new critical light.”—Claire Colebrook, Pennsylva-
and human life, among other biological registers, had an im- nia State University
pact on the Enlightenment project of thinking politics and Exterranean concerns the extraction of stuff from the Earth.
economics as a joint enterprise. The volume’s contributors Through a rich archive of nonmodern texts and images
consider politics, economics, and the biological as distinct, from across Europe, Usher offers a bracing riposte to several
semi-autonomous spheres whose various combinations re- critical trends in ecological thought. Shifting emphasis from
quired inventive, sometimes incomplete, acts of conceptual emission to extraction, the book reorients our perspective
mediation, philosophical negotiation, disciplinary interven- away from Earthrise-like globes and shows what is gained by
tion, or aesthetic representation. opening the planet to depths within.
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Meaning Systems
MARCH 2019
Poetics of History
Rousseau and the Theater of Originary Mimesis Novel Shocks
PHILIPPE LACOUE-LABARTHE Urban Renewal and the Origins of Neoliberalism
Translated by Jeff Fort MYKA TUCKER-ABRAMSON
“Now available in Jeff Fort’s impeccable translation, The Poet- Throughout the 1950s, a coalition of developers, politicians,
ics of History is the culmination of Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe’s and planners bulldozed vast areas of land deemed “slums”
lifetime work on the question of mimesis in Rousseau—a or “blighted” to make way for freeways, public and private
question of crucial importance that had never before been housing projects, cultural centers, and skyscrapers. While
posed or answered in this form. Identifying in Rousseau an the program was national, New York was ground zero, and
onto-technology so radical that it challenges his supposed anti- the demolition and monumental reconstruction of the city
theatricality, The Poetics of History redefines both poetics and created a distinctive urban sensorium, rooted in the new
history even as it offers a new way of understanding the French segregated landscapes of prosperous white private space and
reception of Heidegger.”—Andrew Parker, Rutgers University poor black public space.
176 PAGES, 5 X 7 ½
9780823282333, PAPERBACK, $28.00, £20.99 Novel Shocks situates these landscapes at the center of the
JANUARY 2019 mid-century novel, arguing that James Baldwin, Ralph El-
lison, Patricia Highsmith, Ayn Rand, William Burroughs,
Ecological Form Sylvia Plath, and Warren Miller all registered these new ur-
System and Aesthetics in the Age of Empire ban spaces as traumatic “shocks” that required new aesthetic
Nathan K. Hensley and Philip Steer, Editors forms.
Afterword by Karen Pinkus 208 PAGES
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Ecological Form brings together leading voices in nineteenth DECEMBER 2018
century ecocriticism to suture the lingering divide between
postcolonial and ecocritical approaches. Together, these
essays show how Victorian thinkers used aesthetic form to
engage problems of system, interconnection, and disposses-
sion that remain our own. The authors reconsider Victorian
literary structures in light of environmental catastrophe;
coordinate “natural” questions with sociopolitical ones; and
underscore the category of form as a means for generating
environmental—and therefore political—knowledge. Eco-
logical Form demonstrates how nineteenth-century thinkers
conceptualized the circuits of extraction and violence link-
ing Britain to its global network. Yet the book’s most press-
ing argument is that this past thought can be a resource for
reimagining the present.
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Levels of Organic Life and the Human The Reproduction of Life Death
An Introduction to Philosophical Anthropology Derrida’s La vie la mort
Translated by Millay Hyatt
“This is a superbly researched, written, and argued book
Introduction by J. M. Bernstein
on two of the most important though neglected aspects of
“This twentieth-century work was a pioneering effort to Derrida’s work: his reading of biology and his closely related
articulate an alternative to mechanistic-reductive accounts work on academic institutions. It is a work that anyone who
of life. Neglected for too long, it is now available to a wider is serious about Derrida will want to read and will have to
audience in a new climate, where it will have its full impact.” take into account.”—Michael Naas, DePaul University
—Charles Taylor, Author of A Secular Age
Based on archival translations of a soon-to-be-published semi-
This key work by a titan of modern thought draws on phe- nar by Jacques Derrida, The Reproduction of Life Death offers an
nomenological, biological, and social scientific sources in unprecedented study of Derrida’s engagement with molecular
a systematic account of nature, life, and human existence, biology and genetics. McCance shows how Derrida ties bio-
including social existence. logical accounts of reproduction to the reproductive program of
Initially obscured by the ascent of Heidegger and by the teaching, challenging an auto-reproductive notion of pedagogy,
author’s persecution by the Nazis, Plessner’s vision has once while also reinterpreting the work of psychoanalysis.
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JULY 2019
cognition, technology, and nature. A powerful and sophisti-
cated account of embodiment, the Levels helps us approach
philosophy and social theory together with science, without For the Love of Psychoanalysis
reducing the former to the latter. The Play of Chance in Freud and Derrida
9780823283989, PAPERBACK, $35.00, £26.99 “This brilliant, pathbreaking, witty, and lucidly argued book
Forms of Living
JULY 2019 will undoubtedly become a major point of reference—if not
the major point of reference—for anyone interested in psy-
choanalysis and deconstruction for years to come”—Elissa
Thinking with Adorno:The Uncoercive Gaze Marder, Emory University
“A tour de force of critical writing. Rottenberg has a unique,
“The chapters of this book are among the finest I have ever read lively, and witty philosophical voice. She stands out as one
on Adorno.”—Daniel Purdy, Pennsylvania State University of the most interesting scholars working at the intersection
What Theodor W. Adorno says cannot be separated from of deconstruction and psychoanalysis”—Rebecca Comay,
how he says it, and what he thinks cannot be isolated from University of Toronto
how he thinks it. Richter’s book teaches us to think with For the Love of Psychoanalysis is a book about what exceeds
Adorno—both alongside him and in relation to his diverse or resists calculation—in life and in death. Rottenberg ex-
contexts and constellations, from aesthetic theory to politi- amines what emerges from the difference between psycho-
cal critique, from the problem of judgment to the question of analysis and philosophy.
how to lead a right life within a wrong one.
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Idiom: Inventing Writing Theory
JULY 2019
Murderous Consent
The Mathematical Imagination On the Accommodation of Violent Death
On the Origins and Promise of Critical Theory MARC CRÉPON
MATTHEW HANDELMAN Translated by Michael Loriaux, and Jacob Levi
Foreword by James Martel
“Against the familiar lament that the inappropriate ap-
“Murderous Consent is a bold and principled argument against
plication of mathematical reasoning abets social reifica-
the strategic rationality that governs violence in our times.
tion and instrumental rationality, Matthew Handelman
Crépon asks us to consider the myriad ways that consent and
rescues forgotten attempts to argue otherwise. This search
complicity sustain murderous acts and policies, arguing that
for a ‘negative mathematics’ that has critical potential has
we cannot understand violence without taking into account the
foreshadowed ways in which the yawning gap between the
consent to violence. This book provocatively helps us to rethink
humanities and STEM fields may be overcome in our digital
settled forms of ethical reasoning that directly or indirectly
age.”—Martin Jay, University of California, Berkeley
license violence and lets us imagine a world in which complicit
9780823283828, PAPERBACK, $28.00, £20.99 realism gives way to much needed affirmation of non-violence.
MARCH 2019 An all too timely meeting of ethics and politics.”—Judith Butler
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Perspectives in Continental Philosophy
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Looking for Law in All the Wrong Places Figuring Violence
Justice Beyond and Between Affective Investments in Perpetual War
Marianne Constable, Leti Volpp, REBECCA A. ADELMAN
and Bryan Wagner, Editors
“Figuring Violence is a challenging, highly original contribu-
“This extraordinary collection is a veritable lost and found tion to critical research on affect and the visual culture of
of law’s traces. Moving across disciplines, it offers rich and militarization. Adelman vividly analyses the people and non-
surprising refractions of law’s ephemera: What do we learn human animals around whom militarized affect gets assem-
about the opacity of governance when we look for justice be- bled in contemporary US culture, scaling the fine granularities
yond its expected ‘place’ in the confines of textual or rhetori- of militarized feeling and the larger imaginaries of war-time
cal jurisprudence? What is revealed when the legal inhabits mediation, and their devastating consequences. This book
the sacred, informs the literary, performs geography, polices calls us in and challenges us to take on the struggle against
time, seeps through the agora, regenerates itself within bod- militarized violence and its powerful structures of feeling. It
ies? This indispensable book excavates how seemingly is a critical read for anyone willing to ‘stay with the trouble’ of
robust juridical processes may teeter in concert with more doing the emotional and political work that de-militarization
fragile norms for mobility, status, and human affinity.”—Pa- requires of us.”—Carrie Rentschler, McGill University
tricia J. Williams, Columbia Law School 352 PAGES, 19 BLACK AND WHITE ILLUSTRATIONS
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statutes, and judicial opinions. This book looks for law in the
“wrong places”—sites and spaces where no formal law appears. The Blind Man
Contributors: Kathryn Abrams, Daniel Boyarin, Wendy Brown, A Phantasmography
Marianne Constable, Samera Esmeir, Daniel Fisher, Sara Ludin, ROBERT DESJARLAIS
Saba Mahmood, Rebecca McLennan, Ramona Naddaff, Beth Pi- The Blind Man: A Phantasmography examines the compli-
atote, Sarah Song, Christopher Tomlins, Leti Volpp, Bryan Wagner
cated forces of perception, imagination, and phantasms of
272 PAGES, 28 BLACK AND WHITE ILLUSTRATIONS encounter in the contemporary world. In considering pho-
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Berkeley Forum in the Humanities tographs he took while he was traveling in France, Desjarlais
MARCH 2019 reflects on a few pictures that show the features of a man,
apparently blind, who begs for money at a religious site in
Administering Interpretation Paris. Composed of an intricate weave of text and image, The
Derrida, Agamben, and the Political Theology of Law Blind Man attends to pressing issues in contemporary life:
Peter Goodrich and Michel Rosenfeld, Editors the fraught dimensions of photographic capture; encounters
“Peter Goodrich and Michel Rosenfeld underline to impor- with others and alterity; the politics of looking; media im-
tant effect the woeful marginality of critical jurisprudence ages of violence and abjection; and the nature of fantasy and
and critical legal interpretation in the contemporary U.S. imaginative construal.
legal academy, in contrast to transoceanic points of compari- 232 PAGES, 64 BLACK AND WHITE ILLUSTRATIONS,
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son. The collection itself is an effective advertisement for Thinking from Elsewhere
the absurdity of that marginality.”—Christopher Tomlins,
University of California, Berkeley, School of Law Allied Encounters
Contributors: Giovanna Borradori, Marinos Diamantides, Allen The Gendered Redemption of World War II Italy
Feldman, Stanley Fish, Pierre Legrand, Bernadette Meyler, Michel MARISA ESCOLAR
Rosenfeld, Bernhard Schlink, Jeanne Schroeder, Laurent de Sut-
ter, Katrin Trüstedt, Marco Wan Allied Encounters uniquely explores Anglo-American and
352 PAGES, 15 BLACK AND WHITE ILLUSTRATIONS Italian literary, cinematic and military representations
9780823283781, PAPERBACK, $35.00, £26.99 of World War II Italy in order to trace, critique and move
Just Ideas beyond the gendered paradigm of redemption that has
MAY 2019
conditioned understandings of the Allied-Italian encounter.
The arrival of the Allies’ global forces in an Italy torn by civil
war brought together populations that had long mytholo-
gized one another, yet “liberation” did not prove to be the
happy ending touted by official rhetoric. Instead of a ‘hon-
eymoon,’ the Allied-Italian encounter in Naples and Rome
appeared to be a lurid affair, where the black market reigned
and prostitution was the norm.
Informed by the historical context as well as their respec-
tive traditions, these texts become more than mirrors of the
encounter or generic allegories.
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World War II: The Global, Human, and Ethical Dimension
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Jewish Studies as Counterlife Last Acts
A Report to the Academy The Art of Dying on the Early Modern Stage
“Jewish Studies needs Adam Zachary Newton’s book. New- Last Acts argues that the Elizabethan and Jacobean theater
ton enacts interdisciplinarity as a powerful form of critique offered important opportunities to practice arts of dying.
for and in Jewish Studies, rather than the conservative mode While theater is often understood as a form of mourning,
of appropriation-as-retrenchment that it has so frequently early modern plays also engage with devotional traditions
become in the post-Theory academy.”—Benjamin Schreier, that understand death less as an occasion for suffering or
Pennsylvania State University grief than as an action to be performed, well or badly.
Jewish Studies offers a unique perspective on the academic Active deaths belie mortality narratives of helplessness and loss
humanities because it has spanned disciplinary locations and instead suggest how marginalized and constrained subjects
and configurations, from nineteenth-century philology to might participate in the political, social, and economic manage-
the emancipatory politics of the Enlightenment, from post- ment of life. Analyzing death scenes in Marlowe, Shakespeare,
war ethnic pluralism to interdisciplinary cultural studies. and Jonson alongside devotional texts and contemporary bio-
Newton harnesses the possibilities offered this evolving col- political theory, Last Acts shows how theater reflects, enables,
lection of forces in order to open, refashion, and exemplify and contests the politicization of life and death.
possibilities for a humanities to come. 224 PAGES, 6 BLACK AND WHITE ILLUSTRATION
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JUNE 2019

Saint Marks: Words, Images, and What Persists

Jews and the Ends of Theory JONATHAN GOLDBERG
Shai Ginsburg, Martin Land, and
Jonathan Boyarin, Editors “Saint Marks finds and forges material connections among
things, images, and words. In these connections, Goldberg
“A powerful collection that opens new vistas in our approach persuades us, the biographical subject exceeds his or her own
to social, cultural, and literary critical theories.”—Seyla Ben- life, living through matter. The book concerns Venice and
habib, Yale University its patron saint—what it means to construct the identity of
Theory has often been coded as “Jewish”—not merely be- each and then identify the one with the other, as well as the
cause Jewish intellectuals have been central participants, but natural, historical, pictorial, and literary forces that undo such
also because certain problematics of modern Jewishness en- constructions. With chapters titled ‘atmospherics,” “gravity,”
rich theoretical questions across the humanities. In the range “stones,” and “secrets,” the book is a magisterial shift of the
of violence and agency that can attend the appellation “Jew,” biographical and historical into the geographical that will ap-
Jewishness is revealed as a rhetorical and not just social fact, peal to a broad readership across art history and literary stud-
one tied to profound questions of power, subjectivity, iden- ies.”—Amy Knight Powell, University of California, Irvine
tity, figuration, language, and relation that are also central to 212 PAGES, 24 COLOR AND 4 B/W ILLUSTRATIONS
modern theory and modern politics. 9780823282074, PAPERBACK, $32.00, £24.99
Contributors: Svetlana Boym, Andrew Bush, Sergey Dolgopolski,
Jay Geller, Sarah Hammerschlag, Hannan Hever, Martin Land,
Martin Jay, James I. Porter, Yehouda Shenhav, Elliot R. Wolfson Unknowing Fanaticism
336 PAGES Reformation Literatures of Self-Annihilation
9780823281992, PAPERBACK, $35.00, £26.99 ROSS LERNER
“Lerner presents a thoughtful and penetrating study of how
England’s major seventeenth-century writers came to terms
with a tradition of prophecy, messianism, and divine grace
that can be utopian and critical, but also militant and de-
structive. In gesturing toward twenty-first century politics
Lerner never chains his analyses to the contemporary situa-
tion but instead gives us tools to think about jihadism, right
wing terror, fundamentalism, and liberation theology.”—Ju-
lia Reinhard Lupton, University of California, Irvine
The term fanatic, from the European Reformation to today,
has never been a stable one. Unknowing Fanaticism rejects the
simplified binary of fanatical religion and rational politics, turn-
ing to Renaissance literature to demonstrate that fanaticism was
integral to how both modern politics and poetics developed.
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