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Reframing Critical, Literary, and Cultural Theories

Thought on the Edge

Editors: Pireddu, Nicoletta (Ed.)

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  • Addresses a broad variety of issues, from questions of space, the “human” and political action, to post secularism, methodological intersections between scientific and critical theory, post colonialism and cosmopolitanism, and new philosophical categories for theoretical reflection and literary analysis, among many others
  • Offers transcultural perspectives to examine theoretical concepts in a fashion informed by multiple intersecting voices that transcend the predominant US academic approach to theory
  • Deliberately leaves room for negotiation via a “probing” approach
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About this book

This book participates in the ongoing debate about the alleged “death of theory” and the current post-theoretical condition, arguing that the “finitude” of theoretical projects does not mean “end”, but rather contingency and transformation of thinking, beyond irreconcilable doctrines. Contributors from different cultural and scholarly backgrounds and based in three different continents propose new areas of investigation and interpretive possibilities, reopening dialogues with past and present discourses from a plurality of perspectives and locations. After a first section that reassesses the status and scopes of critique, theory, and literature, the book foregrounds new or neglected critical vocabulary, literary paradigms, and narrative patterns to reread texts at the intersection with other branches of the humanities—history, philosophy, religion, and pedagogy. It then explores geopolitical, cultural, and epistemological domains that have been historically and ideologically overdetermined (such as postsocialist, postcolonial, and cosmopolitan spaces), recodifying them as unstable sites of both conflicts and convergences. By acknowledging the spatio-temporal and cultural delimitations of any intellectual practice, the book creates awareness of our own partiality and incompleteness, but treats boundaries as zones of contact, exchange, and conceptual mobility that promote crossings and connections.

About the authors

Nicoletta Pireddu is Professor of Italian and Comparative Literature at Georgetown University, USA. Her research focuses on literary and cultural theories, history of ideas, European and Mediterranean studies, borders, migration, and identity. She has recently authored The Works of Claudio Magris: Temporary Homes, Mobile Identities, European Borders (Palgrave 2015), and edited Scipio Sighele’s The Criminal Crowd and Other Writings on Mass Society (2018). She was granted fellowships from the NEH and Howard Foundation, and received the American Association for Italian Studies Book Award, the Distinguished Service Award, and the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)
  • Introduction: Recoding the Past, Re-situating the “Post-”

    Pireddu, Nicoletta

    Pages 1-35

  • Meta-Critiquing: Critique, Hermeneutics, Theory

    Xie, Ming

    Pages 39-61

  • Illegitimacy as Norm: On the Temporality of Science and Theory

    Wetters, Kirk

    Pages 63-90

  • The Scope of Literary Theory

    Hogan, Patrick Colm

    Pages 91-118

  • The Empirical Turn of Literary Studies

    Gefen, Alexandre

    Pages 119-135

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eBook 83,29 €
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Hardcover 106,99 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-89989-3
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Reframing Critical, Literary, and Cultural Theories
Book Subtitle
Thought on the Edge
Editors
  • Nicoletta Pireddu
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-89990-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-89990-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-89989-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 358
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