Performativity and Performance
Borders, Boundaries, and Frames
Human, All Too Human
Time and the Literary
Polemic Critical or Uncritical
By Susan Kamholtz Gubar
December 21, 1992
Amid diverse theoretical debates about the canon in the media and in academia, in English Inside and Out leading proponents of literary studies take a close look at the discipline and the profession and envisage its future....
By Jeffrey Masten, Peter Stallybrass, Nancy J. Vickers
November 10, 1997
Language Machines questions any easily progressive model of technological change, demonstrating the persistence rather than the obsolescence of language technologies over time, the continuous and complicated overlap of pens, presses, screens and voice. In these essays new technologies do not simply...
By Vinay Dharwadker
December 19, 2000
This book highlights the best new interdisciplinary research on the theory and practice of cosmopolitanism, with a special focus on the cosmopolitan literatures of Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America, from medieval times to the present....
By Lauren Berlant
March 02, 2004
In Compassion, ten scholars draw on literature, psychoanalysis, and social history to provide an archive of cases and genealogies of compassion. Together these essays demonstrate how "being compassionate" is shaped by historical specificity and social training, and how the idea of compassion takes ...
By Andrew Parker, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
October 24, 1995
From the age of Aristotle to the age of AIDS, writers, thinkers, performers and activists have wresteled with what "performance" is all about. At the same moment, "performativity"--a new concept in language theory--has become a ubiquitous term in literary studies. This volume grapples with the ...
By Mae Henderson
November 29, 1994
The essays in this volume take up the challenge of working out -- or reworking -- the problematics of the borders, the boundaries and the frameworks that structure our various and multiple notions of identity -- textual, personal, collective, generic, and disciplinary. The contributors to this ...
By Diana Fuss
November 27, 1995
The question of what it means to be human has never before been more difficult and more contested. The human, with a complicated social history that his rarely been examined, remains entrenched in traditional Enlightenment thinking. Human, All Too Human considers how we might radicalize our ...
By Karen Newman, Jay Clayton, Marianne Hirsch
June 14, 2002
Time and the literary: the immediacy of information technology has supposedly annihilated both. Email, cell phones, satellite broadcasting seem to have ended the long-standing tradition of encoding our experience of time through writing. Paul de Man's seminal essay "Literary History and Literary ...
By Jane Gallop
October 16, 2004
These new essays by leading scholars examine some famous and less well-known instances of polemical encounters. The essays are enhanced by an interview with Gayatri Spivak, specially conducted by Jane Gallop for this volume Historically rigorous, theoretically astute, and sometimes wickedly funny, ...
By Judith Butler, John Guillory, Kendall Thomas
July 25, 2000
For several years, write the editors of What's Left of Theory , a debate on the politics of theory has been conducted energetically within literary studies. The terms of the debate, however, are far from clear. What is meant by politics? What is meant by theory? What's Left of Theory is a ...