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Cultural Critique

Cultural Critique
Editors: John Mowitt, Cesare Casarino and Simona Sawhney
The path-breaking journal of cultural criticism.

Cultural Critique provides a forum for creative and provocative scholarship in the theoretical humanities and humanistic social sciences. Transnational in scope and transdisciplinary in orientation, the journal strives to spark and galvanize intellectual debates as well as to attract and foster critical investigations regarding any aspect of culture as it expresses itself in words, images, and sounds, across both time and space. The journal is especially keen to support scholarship that engages the ways in which cultural production, cultural practices, and cultural forms constitute and manifest the nexus between the aesthetic, the psychic, the economic, the political, and the ethical intended in their widest senses. While informed by the diverse traditions of historical materialism as well as by the numerous critiques of such traditions from various parts of the globe, the journal welcomes contributions based on a variety of theoretical-methodological paradigms.

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    Articles
    Fractured Life and the Ambiguity of Historical Time: Biopolitics in Agamben and Arendt. Anthony Curtis Adler
    Arendt, Preference and the Revolutionary Spectator. Erin Trapp
    The Breath of Life and Death. Katarina Jaworski
    Jus Sanguinis, Jus Soli: West German Citizenship Law and the Melodrama of the Guest-Worker in Fassbinder’s Angst Essen Seele Auf. Avery Slater
    No Place Like Ideology (On Slavoj Zizek): Is There a Difference Between the Theory of Ideology and the Theory of Interpretation? Petar Ramadanovic
    Outrage and the Question of minor Marxism: Eugene Holland’s Nomad Citizenship: Free Market Communism and the Slow Motion General Strike. Hans Skott-Myhre
    Book Reviews
    By Way of China. Yun Peng
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    Articles
    Asian Performance on the Stage of American Empire in Flower Drum Song by Chang-Hee Kim
    Hospitality for Sale, or Dirty Pretty Things by Shital Pravinchandra
    Diane Gamboa’s Invasion of the Snatch: The Politics and Aesthetics of Representing Gendered Violence by Yvonne Yarbro-Bejarano
    American Germ Culture: Richard Matheson, Octavia Butler, and the (Political) Science of Individuality by Laura Diehl
    Animal Frontiers: A Tale of Three Zoos in Israel/Palestine by Irus Braverman
    Rhythm and Knowledge. African Art as Philosophy: Senghor, Bergson, and the Idea of Negritude by Souleymane Bachir Diagne. Review by Frieda Ekotto
    Review Essay
    Biopolitics: From Supplement to Immanence—In Dialogue with Roberto Esposito’s Trilogy: Communitas, Immunitas, Bíos by A. Kiarina Kordela
    Book Reviews
    The Nightingale. Neither God nor Master: Robert Bresson and Radical Politics by Brian Price. Review by Matthew Stoddard
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    Articles
    Do Not Be Afraid, Join Us, Come Back? On the "Idea of Communism" in Our Time by Nicholas Thoburn
    Ab-Using Enlightenment: Structural Adjustment, Storytelling, and the Public Use of Reason by Bishupal Limbu
    Atomic Schizophrenia: Indian Reception of the Atom Bomb Attacks in Japan, 1945 by Raminder Kaur
    Conceptualizing Christianity and Christian Nazis after the Nuremberg Trials by Michael Lackey
    Chance and Certainty: John Cage’s Politics of Nature by Benjamin Piekut
    Reverse Anthropomorphism: The Sex-Image and Ethics in Contemporary Art by Alan Singer
    Arranged Marriage: Cultural Regeneration in Transnational South Asian Popular Culture by Marian Aguiar
    Book Review
    Cruel Queer Optimism: If Memory Serves: Gay Men, AIDS, and the Promise of the Queer Past by Christopher Castiglia and Christopher Reed. Review by Tom Roach
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    In Memoriam: Jochen Schulte-Sasse
    Editorial Statement
    Stalin’s Boots and the March of History (Post-Communist Memories)
    Storming the EU Fortress: Communities of Disagreement in Dubravka Ugrešić
    Sartre as Silent Partner: Reading Bhabha’s Existential Turn
    Romanticism, Culture, Collaboration: Raymond Williams beyond the Avant-Garde
    Cinema and the Drive in the Digital Age: Out of Time: Desire in Atemporal Cinema by Todd McGowan
    Articles
    A Totality of Ruins: Adorno on Kierkegaard
    Book Reviews
    Rancière’s Lost Object: Althusser’s Lesson by Jacques Rancière
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    Articles
    The University in Crisis: Teaching, Tenure, and Transference in David Mamet’s Oleanna by Naomi Morgenstern
    Is a Financial Crisis a Trauma? by Paul Crosthwaite
    Neoliberalism and Allegory by Betty Joseph
    The Event of Cinema: Alain Badiou and Media Studies by James Tweedie
    The Worker and The Southerner: The Invention of Laziness and the Representation of Southern Europe in the Age of the Industrious Revolutions by Emanuel Rota
    Love in a Hopeless Place: Cruel Optimism by Lauren Berlant. Review by Nicholas de Villiers
    Tracking Modernity: India’s Railway and the Culture of Mobility by Marian Aguiar, University of Minnesota Press, 2011. Review by Lindsey Green-Simms
    Books Received
    Book Reviews
    The Other Emerson, edited by Branka Arsić and Cary Wolfe University of Minnesota Press, 2010. Review by Laura Zebuhr.
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    Articles
    José Carlos Mariátegui and the Time of Myth
    “Created in Words”: Theorizing (Postmodern) Native American Survival through Story in James Welch’s Fools Crow
    Secular Interventions/Hinduized Sovereignty: (Anti) Conversion and Religious Pluralism in Jodhaa Akbar
    Anna: the Image of India?
    The Movement against Politics
    Towards a Post-Fordist Theory of Financialization. The Violence of Financial Capitalism, new ed., by Christian Marazzi
    In the Conjuncture: The Anna Hazare Movement in India
    Anna Hazare and the Battle against Corruption
    Book Reviews
    Unlimited Intimacy: Reflections on the Subculture of Barebacking by Tim Dean
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    Editorial Statement
    An Epoch of Rest: Roland Barthes’s “Neutral” and the Utopia of Weariness
    Noir Analysis: How Kristeva’s Detective Novels Renew Psychoanalysis
    Consider the Squirrel: Freaks, Vermin, and Value in the Ruin(s) of Nature
    Introduction
    Monster
    Human Machines and the Pains of Penmanship in Yevgeny Zamyatin’s We
    From the Technique for Creating Humans to the Art of Reprogramming Hearts: Scientists, Writers, and the Genesis of China’s Modern Literary Vision
    The Human-Machine Continuum in Maoism: The Intersection of Soviet Socialist Realism, Japanese Theoretical Physics, and Chinese Revolutionary Theory
    Atomic Pop! Astro Boy, the Dialectic of Enlightenment, and Machinic Modes of Being
    Global Biotech and the Asian Nation: A Review of Asian Biotech: Ethics and Communities of Fate , Aihwa Ong and Nancy N. Chen, Eds.
    Special Section
    Desiring Human-Machines in the Soviet Union, East Asia, and the United States
    Book Reviews
    Spivak Lessons: A Review of Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak: In Other Words by Sangeeta Ray
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    Race, Periphery, Reification: Speculations on “Hybridity” in Light of Gilberto Freyre’s Casa-grande & senzala
    Recentering Political Theory: The Promise of Mobile Locality
    The Novel of Universal Peace
    Rejecting Friendship: Toward a Radical Reading of Derrida’s Politics of Friendship for Today
    Foxhounds, Curs, and the Dawn of Breeding: The Discourse of Modern Human–Canine Relations
    Book Review
    Disruptive Spectatorship: A Review of The Emancipated Spectator by Jacques Rancière
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    Articles
    Aesthetics and the Political: An Essay on Francis Alys’s Green Line
    Bartleyby’s Autism: Wandering along Incommunicability
    Are Your Children Old Enough to Learn about May ‘68? Recalling the Radical Event, Refracting Utopia, and Commoning Memory
    Ridiculous Trauma: Comic Representations of the Nazi Past in Contemporary German Visual Culture
    To Conquer Anonymous: Authorship and Myth in the Wu Ming Foundation
    The Signifying Professor: The Arrest of Textuality
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    Articles
    The Mothership Connection
    Disabled Upon Arrival: The Rhetorical Construction of Disability and Race at Ellis Island
    Governing European Markets: Tolerance and Guilt in the Discourse of “Muslim Women”
    Framing Theory: Toward an Ekphrastic Postcolonial Methodology
    Combining Uneven Developments: Louis Zukofsky and the Political Economy of Revolutionary Modernism
    Seeing is Digesting: Labyrinths of Historical Ruin in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining
    Corpse and Accomplice: Frederic Jameson, Raymond Chandler, and the Representation of History in California
    Book Review
    Specters of the Dialectic Valences of the Dialectic by Frederic Jameson
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    Articles
    Food, Waste, and Judgment on Mount Everest
    The Discursive and Narrative Foundations of Scandal
    From Fictional Capital to Capital as Fiction: Globalization and the Intellectual Convergence of Business and the Humanities
    The Political Theory of the Cliche: Hannah Arendt Reading Adolf Eichmann
    American Bestiality: Sex, Animals, and the Construction of Subjectivity
    War Is for the Birds: Birding Babylon and the “Military-Industrial-Environmental Complex”
    China in Theory: The Orientalist Production of Knowledge in the Global Economy
    Book Review
    On the Sacred in African Literature: Old Gods and New Worlds by Mark Mathuray
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    Articles
    Four Fundamental Myths Of Postmodern Thought (Or, The Eclipse of the Gaze)
    Coordinating Contemporaneity: (Post) Modernity, 9/11, and the Dialectical Imagery of Memento
    Tumults of Utopia: Repetition and Revolution in Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars trilogy
    Tracking the Bugchaser: Giving The Gift of HIV/AIDS
    Publication, Knowledge, Merit: On Some Politics of Editing
    Managing the Crisis: James Frey’s A Million Little Pieces and the Addict-Subject Confession
    Theodor W. Adorno: One Last Genius by Detlev Claussen and translated by Rodney Livingstone
    Politicking Post-Marxism versus Cultural Studies: Theory, Politics and Intervention by Paul Bowman
    How Poetic Poetic Acts & New Media by Tom O’Connor
    Book Reviews
    Social Philosophy after Adorno by Lambert Zuidervaart
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    Editorial Statement
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    Foreword
    Foreword: Classical Reception and the Political
    Part I. Politics of Reception
    Can Political Theory Provide a Model for Reception? Max Weber and Hannah Arendt
    A Classical Politics without Happiness? Hannah Arendt and the American Revolution
    Philoctetes in the Bastille
    Reception and Receptivity in Catullus 64
    The Laius Syndrome, or the Ends of Political Fatherhood
    The Sexual Politics of Translating Prometheus Bound
    Odysseus and the Wandering Jew: The Dialectic of Jewish Enlightenment in Adorno and Horkheimer
    Afterword: The Future of Past Received
    Part II. Sovereignty
    Iam Tum (nowthenalready): Latin Epic and the Post-Historical
    Part III. Representation
    Knowledge and the Political: Bruno Latour’s Political Epistemology
    Part IV. Desire
    History as Group Fantasy
    Part V. Performance
    Theatre Festivals, Total Works of Art, and the Revival of Greek Tragedy on the Modern Stage
    Part VI. Enlightenment
    Greeks, Jews, and the Enlightenment: Moses Mendelssohn’s Socrates
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    Articles
    The Color of Confidence: Racial Con Games and the Logic of Gold
    Quieting the Noise Belly: Moving, Eating, and Being in the Vietnamese Diaspora
    Indigenizing Agamben: Rethinking Sovereignty in Light of the “Peculiar” Status of Native Peoples
    Stasis: Beyond Political Theology?
    Review ofRegulating Aversion: Tolerance in the Age of Identity and Empire
    Book Reviews
    Review of Public Native America: Tribal Self-Representation in Museums, Powwows, and Casinos
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    Articles
    Deconstructing the Psychopath: A Critical Discursive Analysis
    “The Thinking Man’s Filter:” J.L. Austin’s Ordinary Language Philosophy as Cultural Criticism”
    Global English Ideography and the Dissolve Translation in Hollywood Film
    From Fictive Ability to National Identity: Disability, Medical Inspection, and Public Health Regulations on Ellis Island”
    The “Vox Populi,” or the Infernal Propaganda Machine, and Juridical Force in Colonial India
    “Ponte aquí al lado”: Ekphrasis and Deception in Ana Rossetti’s and José Duarte’s Simparidades
    Review of Shades of Black: Assembling Black Arts in 1980s Britain
    Book Reviews
    Review of Andrew Hoborek’s Twilight of the Middle Class
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    Articles
    Drugs in Motion: Toward a Materialist Tracking of Global Mobilities
    Talking about the Flow: Drugs, Borders, and the Discourse of Drug Control
    Standards, Populations, and Difference
    Coffee as a Social Drug
    Kava: An Old Drug in a New World
    Regulation In Spite of Prohibition: The Control of Cannabis Distribution in Amsterdam
    Impossible Desires: Queer Diasporas and South Asian Public Cultures by Gayatri Gopinath
    The Pleasures of Horror by Matt Hills
    An Ever-Expanding Inclusiveness: Bending over Backwards by Lennard Davis
    Book Reviews
    Professing Performance: Theatre in the Academy from Philology to Performativity by Shannon Jackson
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    Return
    “In the long run we are all dead”: Imaginary Time in Financial Market Narratives
    Stepford U.S.A.: Second-Wave Feminism, Domestic Labor, and the Representation of National Time
    The Art of Colonial Despotism: Portraits, Politics, and Empire in South India, 1750-1795
    Angels Visit the Scene of Disgrace: Melancholy and Trauma from Sebald to Benjamin and Back
    The Exact Sense in Which the Culture Industry No Longer Exists
    On Being Shaken: Theodor W. Adorno on Sublimation
    “Not Yet”: Adorno and the Utopia of Conscience
    Things Beyond Resemblance: Collected Essays on Theodor W. Adorno by Robert Hullot-Kentor
    Reprise
    “Do you know what it will look like?” On the Relevancy of Adorno’s Theory of Society
    Book Reviews
    Philosophy of New Music by Theodor W. Adorno and Roll Over Adorno: Critical Theory, Popular Culture, Audiovisual Media by Robert Miklitsch
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    Articles
    Radical Conservative Thought in the Intellectual Constellation of the Early Federal Republic
    Reflections on War and Peace after 1940: Ernst Jünger and Carl Schmitt
    Ernst Jünger: A Dialectician of Treason
    From Gestalt to Ge-Stell: Martin Heidegger Reads Ernst Jünger
    Adjusting (to) the Federal Republic: The Geopolitical Turn in Heidegger's Aesthetics after 1945
    Heidegger, Schmitt, Strauss: The Hidden Monologue, or, Conserving Esotericism to Justify the High Hand of Violence
    Sovereign Right and the Global Left
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    Articles
    Hardboiled Disillusionment: Mahagonny as the Last Culinary Opera
    From Penal Institution to Shopping Mecca: The Economics of Memory and the Castle of Punta Carretas
    Making Modernity: Inside the Technological Space of the Railway
    Argentine Military Terrorism (1976-1983): Insatiable Desire, Disappearances, and Eruption of the Traumatic Gaze-Real in Alejandro Agresti’s Film Buenos Aires Viceversa (1996)
    Jacobinism in India, Indianism in English Parliament: Fearing the Enlightenment and Colonial Modernity with Edmund Burke
    Derrida’s Chinese Prejudice
    (Not) at Home in (Hindu) India: Shahid Amin, Dipesh Chakrabarty, and the Critique of History
    Scandalous Knowledge: Science, Truth, and the Human by Barbara Herrnstein Smith
    “Who’s the Guy?”
    Book Reviews
    Atlantic Modernity and the Wreckage of History Specters of the Atlantic: Finance Capital, Slavery, and the Philosophy of History by Ian Baucom and The British Slave Trade and Public Memory by Elizabeth Kowaleski Wallace
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    Articles
    Introduction
    Edward Said’s Literary Humanism
    Worldless Affairs
    Edward Said and Marxism: Anxieties of Influence
    A New “Copernican” Revolution: Said’s Critique of Metaphysics and Theology
    Between Humanism and Late Style
    Foreigners among Citizens
    Of Land Mines and Cluster Bombs
    Edward Said: A Contrapuntal Reading