The Philosophy of Science Fiction: Henri Bergson and the Fabulations of Philip K. Dick

By James Burton

The Philosophy of technology Fiction: Henri Bergson and the Fabulations of Philip ok. Dick explores the deep affinity among probably relatively diversified thinkers, of their makes an attempt to handle the necessity for salvation in (and from) an period of sped up mechanization, during which humans' ability for destroying or subjugating the residing has attained a planetary scale. The thinker and the technological know-how fiction author come jointly to satisfy the contradictory imperatives of a realist outlook-a job which, arguably, philosophy and technological know-how fiction may perhaps in simple terms ever thoroughly adopt in collaboration. Their respective methods meet in a spotlight at the ambiguous prestige of fictionalizing, or fabulation, as concurrently one in all mechanization's so much devastating instruments, and the opportunity of its undoing. once they are learn jointly, the complexities and paradoxes thrown up via this ambiguity, with which either Bergson and Dick fight all alone, open up new how you can navigate rules of mechanism and mysticism, immanence and transcendence, and the chance and that means of salvation. the result's right away an unique examining of either thinkers, a brand new severe idea of the sociocultural, political and moral functionality of fictionalizing, and a case research within the unusual affinity, from time to time the uncanny similarity, among philosophy and technology fiction.

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The Ethnic Avant-Garde: Minority Cultures and World Revolution (Modernist Latitudes)

During the Nineteen Twenties and Thirties, American minority artists and writers collaborated generally with the Soviet avant-garde, looking to construct a innovative society that will finish racial discrimination and increase revolutionary artwork. Making what Claude McKay known as "the magic pilgrimage" to the Soviet Union, those intellectuals put themselves on the leading edge of modernism, utilizing radical cultural and political experiments to reimagine id and decenter the West.

Shining infrequent mild on those efforts, The Ethnic Avant-Garde makes a special contribution to interwar literary, political, and paintings historical past, drawing commonly on Russian files, shuttle narratives, and creative exchanges to set up the parameters of an undervalued "ethnic avant-garde." those writers and artists cohered round unique kinds that reflected Soviet recommendations of montage, fragment, and interruption. They orbited interwar Moscow, the place the foreign avant-garde converged with the Communist foreign.

The publication explores Vladimir Mayakovsky's 1925 stopover at to big apple urban through Cuba and Mexico, in which he wrote Russian-language poetry in an "Afro-Cuban" voice; Langston Hughes's translations of those poems whereas in Moscow, which he visited to help on a Soviet movie approximately African American existence; a futurist play condemning Western imperialism in China, which turned Broadway's first significant creation to add a predominantly Asian American forged; and efforts to visualize the Bolshevik Revolution as Jewish messianic arrest, by way of the sluggish political disenchantment of the hot York Intellectuals. via an soaking up university of cross-ethnic encounters that still contain Herbert Biberman, Sergei Eisenstein, Paul Robeson, and Vladimir Tatlin, this paintings remaps worldwide modernism alongside minority and Soviet-centered traces, additional advancing the avant-garde venture of seeing the area anew.

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Tentative Futures: Ethics and Sexuality in the Nineteenth-Century Novel

By Amy Hope Jamgochian

This dissertation takes the ubiquity of 19th century narratives approximately younger girls’
development as a major signal, now not of Victorian gender conformity or sexual unfreedom, yet quite of the presence of a unique strength during this determine in flux. taking a look at emblematic narratives of woman improvement that hinge on plots approximately marriage and inheritance, this dissertation reveals there articulated 3 units of chances for queer futurity, one in every of which every bankruptcy lays out. “Queer futurity,” a time period a lot bandied approximately in queer theoretical circles lately, is, in accordance with a few, most unlikely. This dissertation unearths in novels via Jane Austen, George Eliot, and Henry James makes an attempt at articulations of queer futurity, enabled by way of the determine of the lady, even amidst the seas of heteronormative trajectories during which characters in those novels are adrift. What at the floor turns out so vehemently straight—for instance a woman who reaches maturity via marriage, a line of inheritance that needs to continue—is truly something yet: in the course of probably the most vital tropes of what Edelman calls “reproductive futurity”—Judith Halberstam’s
“family, inheritance, and baby rearing”—what emerge are queer kinship, advanced and refracted traces of hope. whereas others have additionally chanced on tremendous parts of attainable futures clear of normative sexual constructions, the tendency has uniformly been to imagine that such chances are unequivocally ethically confident, which this dissertation, in addition to the novels on which I concentration, name into query.
The introductory bankruptcy situates the matter of ethics and sexuality through surveying the
queer theoretical panorama that invests in “the future” such robust moral undercurrents. If for thus many this present day the query of entry to futurity defines the heart of attainable swap, for both many 19th century novelists, it appears it used to be the determine of the woman that provided the main cogent likelihood for moral distinction. starting with an in depth examining of Henry James’s tale, “Maud-Evelyn,” this bankruptcy asks how gender, as imagined and represented by way of 3 of the 19th century’s novel-writing luminaries, may perhaps determine into the present debate, in addition to how the 19th century thinkers adumbrated a number of the moral difficulties of sexual radicalism, in addition to the guarantees, even inside of plots so adamantly concerned about marriage. The creation additionally situates the dissertation’s dating to queer thought, narrative, and the concept of turning into, from Nietzsche to psychoanalytic thought and past.

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In this wide-ranging and unique account of Modernism, Michael Levenson attracts on greater than 20 years of study and a career-long fascination with the stream, its individuals, and the interval in which it thrived. looking a extra sophisticated realizing of the kinfolk among the period's texts and contexts, he offers not just an outstanding survey but additionally an important reassessment of Modernism itself.

Spanning many many years, illuminating person achievements and finding them in the intersecting histories of test (Symbolism to Surrealism, Naturalism to Expressionism, Futurism to Dadaism), the e-book locations the changes of tradition along the agitations of modernity (war, revolution, feminism, psychoanalysis). during this standpoint, Modernism needs to be understood extra greatly than just when it comes to its provocative works, experimental kinds, and singular careers. particularly, as Levenson demonstrates, Modernism may be considered because the emergence of an adversary tradition of the hot that trusted audiences in addition to artists, enemies in addition to supporters.

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Paul Celan: Studies in His Early Poetry (Amsterdamer Publikationen Zur Sprache Und Literatur)

Paul Celan: reports in His Early Poetry scrutinizes the impacts detectable within the poems written in the course of 1938-48. between German writers, Büchner, Goethe, Gottfried von Strassburg, Gryphius, Mörike, the poet of the Nibelungenlied, Novalis, Rilke, and Trakl all supplied motifs that, frequently repeated, make for a dense community inviting cognizance to the self-referential and self-revealing styles in Celan's early paintings. furthermore, there are various poems that comprise motifs gleaned from Greek mythology and/or biblical info. those references, once in a while rather transparent, extra frequently so imprecise as to be hazy allusions, yield the view that in his first decade of poetic actions Celan turns into more and more recondite. while those references or allusions stand side-by-side in a given poem, they collect a surrealistic tint and threaten to withhold transparent which means. Ambiguities, intentionally cultivated within the earliest poems, start to boomerang and skim like such a lot of preludes to the struggles with language obvious within the poetry of Celan's adulthood. it's a simple task that Celan reacted fast, if now not instantly, to the occasions befalling the scenes of his early years (Czernowitz and the forced-labor camp). This phenomenon mandates the view of his poems as such a lot of items of autobiography. It therefore is inevitable that as early as 1940 he wrote opposed to the backdrop of battle, and shortly thereafter within the shadow of the Holocaust that was once destined to model his brain endlessly. This quantity is intended for somebody attracted to Celan, shut analyzing of recent poetry usually, comparative literature, motif reports, poetic reactions to Holocaust occasions, or perhaps in a Jew's idea in regards to the position of the deity within the destruction of these for whom the poet speaks.

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A Companion to Poetic Genre

A spouse to Poetic Genre brings jointly over forty contributions from best teachers to supply severe overviews of poetic genres and their glossy variations.

  • Covers a wide variety of poetic cultural traditions from Britain, eire, North the USA, Japan and the Caribbea
  • Summarises many genres from their earliest origins to their latest renderings
  • The in basic terms full-length severe assortment to house glossy variations of poetic genres
  • Contributors contain Bernard O’Donoghue, Stephen Burt, Jahan Ramazani, and plenty of different awesome students of poetry and poetics

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Verwisch Die Spuren!. Bertolt Brecht's Work and Legacy: A Reassessment. (Amsterdamer Beitrage Zur Neueren Germanistik)

This quantity provides a cross-section of present Brecht reports, reflecting various techniques and views starting from unique exegesis of specific texts to cultural feedback within the broadest feel. It offers analyses of Brecht's paintings and investigates his pervasive impact in twentieth century literature. The reviews gathered right here hide the total of Brecht's profession, from the early one-acter Kleinbürgerhochzeit of 1919 to the Sinn und Form years instantly previous his demise, in addition to his use of culture and his legacy. when it comes to redressing a bent in Brecht reception to treat him in general as a dramatist, the quantity covers novels, poetry, movie, images, journalism and concept in addition to performs.

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Antigone in Modernism: Classicism, Feminism and Theatres of Protest

By Keri Walsh

In 1936, Simone Weil defined Sophocles’s Antigoneto French manufacturing facility
workers as “the tale of a individual who, on their own, with none backing, dares
to be against her personal state, to the legislation of that state, to the pinnacle of
its govt, and who's, evidently, quickly positioned to death.” Weil’s insistence on
Antigone as a civilian protester, instead of Hegel’s version of female household
virtue, recurs all through writing of the fascist interval. From Virginia Woolf and
Louis MacNeice within the British Isles, to Marguerite Yourcenar and Jean Anouilh in
France, Antigone got here to include the courageous political resistance of the person.
By 1950, Hegel’s influential interpreting of the play as proposing rightful yet
irreconcilable claims appeared able to cave in: “as for Creon,” the Oxford
classicist Gilbert Murray advised a BBC radio viewers after the conflict, “it used to be of
course preposterous of Hegel to indicate that that he was once as a lot within the correct as
Antigone and that our sympathies will be lightly divided.” This partisan
reading of Antigonegrew in power within the post-war interval, inspiring feminist,
pacifist, and post-colonial engagements with the play.

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Toward a Female Genealogy of Transcendentalism

By Dorri Beam

Traditional histories of the yank transcendentalist stream commence in Ralph Waldo Emerson’s phrases: describing a rejection of school books and church pulpits in desire of the person energy of “Man Thinking.” This essay assortment asks how girls who lacked the privileges of either university and clergy rose to suggestion. For them, analyzing on my own and speaking jointly have been the first technique of progress, inevitably in inner most and casual areas either overlapping with these of the boys and except them. yet those have been potential to attaining literary, aesthetic, and political authority― certainly, to claiming utopian chance for girls as a whole.

Toward a feminine family tree of Transcendentalism is a undertaking of either archaeology and reinterpretation. a lot of its seventeen extraordinary and emerging students paintings from newly recovered data, and all supply clean readings of understudied themes and texts. First quickened through the 2010 bicentennial of Margaret Fuller’s start, the venture reaches past Fuller to her woman predecessors, contemporaries, and successors through the 19th century who contributed to or grew from the transcendentalist movement.

Geographic scope additionally widens―from the recent England base to nationwide and transatlantic spheres. A shared objective is to appreciate this “genealogy” inside a bigger background of yankee girls writers; no absolute barriers divide idealism from sentiment, romantics from realists, or white discourse from black. Primary-text interludes invite readers into the continued activity of gaining knowledge of and reading transcendentally affiliated girls. This assortment acknowledges the colourful contributions girls made to an enormous literary stream and may attract either students and common readers.

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Against Autobiography: Albert Memmi and the Production of Theory

By Lia Nicole Brozgal

The paintings of Tunisian Jewish highbrow Albert Memmi, like that of many francophone Maghrebian writers, is frequently learn as thinly veiled autobiography. wondering the existing physique of feedback, which maintains this interpretation of so much fiction produced by means of francophone North African writers, Lia Nicole Brozgal exhibits how such interpretations of Memmi’s texts imprecise their no longer inconsiderable theoretical possibilities.

Calling recognition to the ambiguous prestige of autobiographical discursive and textual components in Memmi’s paintings, Brozgal shifts the focal point from the writer to theoretical questions. Against Autobiography locations Memmi’s writing and proposal in discussion with numerous significant serious shifts within the overdue twentieth-century literary and cultural panorama. those shifts contain the obstacle of the authorial topic; the interrogation of the shape of the unconventional; the resistance to the hegemony of imaginative and prescient; and the critique of colonialism. exhibiting how Memmi’s novels and essays produce theories that resonate either inside of and past their unique contexts, Brozgal argues for permitting works of francophone Maghrebi literature to be learn as advanced literary items, that's, no longer easily as ethnographic curios yet as producing parts of literary thought all alone terms.

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