Whither Fanon

Whither Fanon

This book proposes a new and provocative reading of the clinical and political work of Frantz Fanon, the Martinican psychiatrist and revolutionary.

Author: David Marriott

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ISBN: 1503605728

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This book proposes a new and provocative reading of the clinical and political work of Frantz Fanon, the Martinican psychiatrist and revolutionary.
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Whither Fanon

Whither Fanon

Investigating and foregrounding the clinical system that Fanon devised in an attempt to intervene against negrophobia and anti-blackness, this book rereads his clinical and political work together, arguing that the two are mutually ...

Author: David Marriott

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 9781503605732

Category: Philosophy

Page: 432

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Frantz Fanon may be most known for his more obviously political writings, but in the first instance, he was a clinician, a black Caribbean psychiatrist who had the improbable task of treating disturbed and traumatized North African patients during the wars of decolonization. Investigating and foregrounding the clinical system that Fanon devised in an attempt to intervene against negrophobia and anti-blackness, this book rereads his clinical and political work together, arguing that the two are mutually imbricated. For the first time, Fanon's therapeutic innovations are considered along with his more overtly political and cultural writings to ask how the crises of war affected his practice, informed his politics, and shaped his subsequent ideas. As David Marriott suggests, this combination of the clinical and political involves a psychopolitics that is, by definition, complex, difficult, and perpetually challenging. He details this psychopolitics from two points of view, focusing first on Fanon's sociotherapy, its diagnostic methods and concepts, and second, on Fanon's cultural theory more generally. In our present climate of fear and terror over black presence and the violence to which it gives rise, Whither Fanon? reminds us of Fanon's scandalous actuality and of the continued urgency of his message.
Categories: Philosophy

Political Memory and the Aesthetics of Care

Political Memory and the Aesthetics of Care

Cultural. Memory. in. the. Present. Willemien Otten, Thinking Nature and the Nature of Thinking: From Eriugena to Emerson ... Studies in the Blackness of Being Reinhart Koselleck, Sediments of Time: On Possible Histories, translated and ...

Author: Mihaela Mihai

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 9781503630130

Category: Philosophy

Page: 382

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With this nuanced and interdisciplinary work, political theorist Mihaela Mihai tackles several interrelated questions: How do societies remember histories of systemic violence? Who is excluded from such histories' cast of characters? And what are the political costs of selective remembering in the present? Building on insights from political theory, social epistemology, and feminist and critical race theory, Mihai argues that a double erasure often structures hegemonic narratives of complex violence: of widespread, heterogeneous complicity and of "impure" resistances, not easily subsumed to exceptionalist heroic models. In dialogue with care ethicists and philosophers of art, she then suggests that such narrative reductionism can be disrupted aesthetically through practices of "mnemonic care," that is, through the hermeneutical labor that critical artists deliver—thematically and formally—within communities' space of meaning. Empirically, the book examines both consecrated and marginalized artists who tackled the memory of Vichy France, communist Romania, and apartheid South Africa. Despite their specificities, these contexts present us with an opportunity to analyze similar mnemonic dynamics and to recognize the political impact of dissenting artistic production. Crossing disciplinary boundaries, the book intervenes in debates over collective responsibility, historical injustice, and the aesthetics of violence within political theory, memory studies, social epistemology, and transitional justice.
Categories: Philosophy

Engaging Violence

Engaging Violence

Cultural. Memory. in. the. Present. Michael P. Steinberg, The Afterlife of Moses: Exile, Democracy, Renewal Alain Badiou, ... Studies in the Blackness of Being Reinhart Koselleck, Sediments of Time: On Possible Histories, translated and ...

Author: David Simpson

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 9781503633094

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 384

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Recent thinking has resuscitated civility as an important paradigm for engaging with a violence that must be deemed endemic to our lives. But, while it is widely acknowledged that civility works against violence, and that literature generates or accompanies civility and engenders tolerance, civility has also been understood as violence in disguise, and literature, which has only rarely sought to claim the power of violence, has often been accused of inciting it. This book sets out to describe the ways in which these words—violence, literature and civility—and the concepts they evoke are mutually entangled, and the uses to which these entanglements have been put. Simpson's argument follows a broadly historical trajectory through the long modern period from the Renaissance to the present, drawing on the work of historians, political scientists, literary scholars and philosophers. The result is a distinctly new argument about the complex and often mystified entanglements between literature, civility and violence in the anglophone Atlantic sphere. What now are our expectations of civility and literature, separately and together? How do these long-familiar but residually imprecise concepts stand up to the demands of the modern world? Simpson's argument is that, despite and perhaps because of their imperfect conceptualization, both persist as important protocols for the critique of violence.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Badiou by Badiou

Badiou by Badiou

Cultural. Memory. in. the. Present. Eric Song, Love Against Substitution: Seventeenth-Century English Literature and the ... Studies in the Blackness of Being Reinhart Koselleck, Sediments of Time: On Possible Histories, translated and ...

Author: Alain Badiou

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 9781503631779

Category: Philosophy

Page: 77

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An accessible introduction to Badiou's key ideas In this short and accessible book, the French philosopher Alain Badiou provides readers with a unique introduction to his system of thought, summed up in the trilogy of Being and Event, Logics of Worlds, and The Immanence of Truths. Taking the form of an interview and two talks and keeping in mind a broad audience without any prior knowledge of his work, the book touches upon the central concepts and major preoccupations of Badiou's philosophy: fundamental ontology, mathematics, politics, poetry, and love. Well-chosen examples illuminate his thinking in regards to being and universality, worlds and singularity, and the infinite and the absolute, among other topics. A veritable tour de force of pedagogical clarity, this new student-friendly work is perhaps the single best general introduction to the work of this prolific and committed thinker. If, for Badiou, the task of philosophy consists in thinking through the truths of our time, the texts collected in this small volume could not be timelier.
Categories: Philosophy

Figures of Possibility

Figures of Possibility

Cultural. Memory. in. the. Present. Mihaela Mihai, Political Memory and the Aesthetics of Care: The Art of ... Studies in the Blackness of Being Reinhart Koselleck, Sediments of Time: On Possible Histories, translated and edited by Sean ...

Author: Niklaus Largier

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 9781503631052

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 400

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From medieval contemplation to the early modern cosmopoetic imagination, to the invention of aesthetic experience, to nineteenth-century decadent literature, and to early-twentieth century essayistic forms of writing and film, Niklaus Largier shows that mystical practices have been reinvented across the centuries, generating a notion of possibility with unexpected critical potential. Arguing for a new understanding of mystical experience, Largier foregrounds the ways in which devotion builds on experimental practices of figuration in order to shape perception, emotions, and thoughts anew. Largier illuminates how devotional practices are invested in the creation of possibilities, and this investment has been a key element in a wide range of experimental engagements in literature and art from the seventeenth to the twentieth century, and most recently in forms of "new materialism." Read as a history of the senses and emotions, the book argues that mystical and devotional practices have long been invested in the modulating and reconfiguring of sensation, affects, and thoughts. Read as a book about practices of figuration, it questions ordinary protocols of interpretation in the humanities, and the priority given to a hermeneutic understanding of texts and cultural artifacts.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Love against Substitution

Love against Substitution

Cultural. Memory. in. the. Present. Niklaus Largier, Figures of Possibility: Aesthetic Experience, Mysticism, ... Studies in the Blackness of Being Reinhart Koselleck, Sediments of Time: On Possible Histories, translated and edited by ...

Author: Eric B. Song

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 9781503631410

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 431

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Are we unique as individuals, or are we replaceable? Seventeenth-century English literature pursues these questions through depictions of marriage. The writings studied in this book elevate a love between two individuals who deem each other to be unique to the point of being irreplaceable, and this vocabulary allows writers to put affective pressure on the meaning of marriage as Pauline theology defines it. Stubbornly individual, love threatens to short-circuit marriage's function in directing intimate feelings toward a communal experience of Christ's love. The literary project of testing the meaning of marriage proved to be urgent work throughout the seventeenth century. Monarchy itself was put on trial in this century, and so was the usefulness of marriage in linking Christian belief with the legitimacy of hereditary succession. Starting at the end of the sixteenth century with Edmund Spenser, and then exploring works by William Shakespeare, William Davenant, John Milton, Lucy Hutchinson, and Aphra Behn, Eric Song offers a new account of how notions of unique personhood became embedded in a literary way of thinking and feeling about marriage.
Categories: Literary Criticism

A Revolutionary Faith

A Revolutionary Faith

Cultural. Memory. in. the. Present. David Simpson, Engaging Violence: Civility and the Reach of Literature Michael ... Studies in the Blackness of Being Reinhart Koselleck, Sediments of Time: On Possible Histories, translated and edited ...

Author: Raúl E. Zegarra Medina

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 9781503635593

Category: Religion

Page: 294

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Religious commitments can be a powerful engine for progressive social change, and in this new book, Raúl E. Zegarra examines the process of articulation of religious beliefs and political concerns that takes place in religious organizing and activism. Focusing on the example of Latin American liberation theology and the work of Peruvian theologian Gustavo Gutiérrez, Zegarra shows how liberation theology advocates have been able to produce a new balance between faith and politics that advances an agenda of progressive social change without reducing politics to faith or faith to politics. Drawing from theologian David Tracy's method of critical correlation, the book focuses on key historical, philosophical, and theological shifts that have allowed liberation theologians to produce a new interpretation of the relationship between faith and politics in the Christian tradition, especially when issues of social justice are at stake. The book further approaches liberation theology's contributions to theorizing social justice through an unconventional path: a critical dialogue with the work of philosopher John Rawls. This dialogue, as Zegarra contends, allows us to see more clearly the contributions of liberation theology to the cause of progressive social change. Ultimately the book stands between "public religion" and "public reason," offering something of a blueprint for theological innovation and for how to remain committed to one's faith while respecting and defending the core values of democracy.
Categories: Religion

Emmanuel Levinas s Talmudic Turn

Emmanuel Levinas s Talmudic Turn

Cultural. Memory. in. the. Present. Willemien Otten, Thinking Nature and the Nature of Thinking: From Eriugena to Emerson ... Studies in the Blackness of Being Reinhart Koselleck, Sediments of Time: On Possible Histories, translated and ...

Author: Ethan Kleinberg

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 9781503629608

Category: Philosophy

Page: 263

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In this rich intellectual history of the French-Jewish philosopher Emmanuel Levinas's Talmudic lectures in Paris, Ethan Kleinberg addresses Levinas's Jewish life and its relation to his philosophical writings while making an argument for the role and importance of Levinas's Talmudic lessons. Pairing each chapter with a related Talmudic lecture, Kleinberg uses the distinction Levinas presents between "God on Our Side" and "God on God's Side" to provide two discrete and at times conflicting approaches to Levinas's Talmudic readings. One is historically situated and argued from "our side" while the other uses Levinas's Talmudic readings themselves to approach the issues as timeless and derived from "God on God's own side." Bringing the two approaches together, Kleinberg asks whether the ethical message and moral urgency of Levinas's Talmudic lectures can be extended beyond the texts and beliefs of a chosen people, religion, or even the seemingly primary unit of the self. Touching on Western philosophy, French Enlightenment universalism, and the Lithuanian Talmudic tradition, Kleinberg provides readers with a boundary-pushing investigation into the origins, influences, and causes of Levinas's turn to and use of Talmud.
Categories: Philosophy

Dreaming of Freedom in South Africa

Dreaming of Freedom in South Africa

History Making and Present Day Politics: The Meaning of Collective Memory in South Africa (Uppsala: Nordiska ... Movement in Zimbabwe in the interwar years', International Journal of African Historical Studies, 35, 2–3 (2003), pp.

Author: David Johnson

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9781474430234

Category: Apartheid in literature

Page: 232

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Assembles for the first time the many different texts imagining the future after the end of apartheidExplores the history of how the future in South Africa after the end of apartheid was imagined Provides the first literary-cultural history of South African speculative fictionStudies the literary-political cultures of the five major traditions of South African anti-colonial/ anti-segregationist/ anti-apartheid thoughtFocusing on well-known and obscure literary texts from the 1880s to the 1970s, as well as the many manifestos and programmes setting out visions of the future, this book charts the dreams of freedom of five major traditions of anti-colonial and anti-apartheid resistance: the African National Congress, the Industrial and Commercial Workers Union, the Communist Party of South Africa, the Non-European Unity Movement and the Pan-Africanist Congress. More than an exercise in historical excavation, Dreaming of Freedom in South Africa raises challenging questions for the post-apartheid present.
Categories: Apartheid in literature