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Brouhaha

Worlds of the Contemporary

2017
Author:

Lionel Ruffel

Brouhaha

A rigorous inquiry into the question of the “contemporary” in an era of hypermediation and globalization

Within the hypermediated age where knowledge production is decentered and horizontal, the experience of lived time has become a concordance of temporalities, and thought concerning the world is now a thought concerning a plurality of worlds. By way of six guiding threads (exposition, media, controversy, publication, institutionalization, archaeology), this essay describes the transformation of cultural forms and visions of history.

Within the hypermediated age where knowledge production is decentered and horizontal, the experience of lived time has become a concordance of temporalities. The literary imagination, which was emblematic of modernity and thoroughly connected to the book as a support structure, has now become integrated within a much vaster regime of publication. Thought concerning the world is from now on a thought concerning a plurality of worlds.

By way of six guiding threads (exposition, media, controversy, publication, institutionalization, archaeology), this essay describes the transformation of cultural forms and visions of history.

Brouhaha

Lionel Ruffel is professor of comparative literature and creative writing at the University of Paris VIII. He is author of Le dénouement and Volodine post-exotique.

Raymond N. MacKenzie is professor of English at the University of St. Thomas.

Brouhaha

Contents
Introduction
First Series: Exposition
Second Series: Media
Third Series: Publication
Fourth Series: Controversy
Fifth Series: Institutions
Sixth Series: Archaeology
Conclusion: Sites of the Contemporary
Acknowledgements
Bibliography