Cultural Critique

Cultural Critique
Editors: John Mowitt, Cesare Casarino, Simona Sawhney and Maggie Hennefeld
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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    Editorial Statement
    Losing Melancholia: Between Object, Fidelity, and Theory by Astrid Lac
    Servile Life: Subjectivity, Biopolitics, and the Labor of the Dividual in Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go by Roberto del Valle Alcala
    The Orientalized Phonograph: The Mechanical Recording of Oral Jewish Tradition by Ido Ramati
    Reconfiguring the Turkish Cultural Public Sphere by Michel Oren
    The Babel Fallacy: When Translation Does Not Matter by Joseph Allen
    Back to the Future: Kojin Karatani’s Conjectural World History of the 21st Century by J. B. Shank
    Decolonizing the Modern? Art and Postcolonial Modernism in Twentieth-Century Nigeria
    In Praise of the Theater by Alain Badiou with Nicolas Truong by Michal Kobialka
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    Editorial Statement
    Waking from the Dream: The Arcades Project, Copia, and the American Consumer by Laura Morowitz
    Demanding the Angels’ Share: Intellectual Property, Emerging Religions, and the Spirit of the Work by Andrew Ventimiglia
    Adorno and Marcuse: Artistic Sublimation versus Ideological Sublimation by Tidhar Nir
    Transit Spaces and the Mobility Poor in Marilyn Dumont’s Vancouver Poems by Deena Rymhs
    The Star and the Revolution: Zizek, Kafka, and the Alchemy of Subtraction by Cory Stockwell
    Thinking with Cannibals by Parama Roy
    On Black Study and Political Theology by James Edward Ford III
    “What’s a Heaven For?” The Political Force of Musical Beauty by Barry Shan, review by David R. Shumway
    “The Data Sensorium” Beautiful Data: A History of Vision and Reason Since 1945 by Orit Halpern, review by Davide Panagia
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    Editorial Statement
    Pleasure for Pleasure’s Sake? On Pierre-Joseph Proudhon’s “Pornocracy” Today by Karyn Ball
    Selections from: Pornocracy, or Women in Modern Times by Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
    On Pornocracy by Stefan Mattessich
    Pornocratic Fantasy and the Contractarian Framing of Prostitution by Amy Swiffen
    Feminist Pornocracy? FEMEN and the Politics of Resistant Nudity by Dina Al-Kassim
    The Pornocratic Body in the Age of Networked Paranoia by Eyal Amiran
    Pornocracy’s Queer Circulations by Nat Hurley
    “There’s Plenty of Rapists Here”: “Rape Culture” and the Representation of Anene Booysen’s Rape in the International and South African Press by Helen Frost
    Melodrama and its Political Legacy: Orgies of Feeling: Melodrama and the Politics of Freedom by Elisabeth R. Anker Review by Koel Banerjee
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    Historioplastic Metafiction: Tarantino, Nolan, and the “Return to Hegel” by Joshua Toth
    American Dreams ft. David Lynch by Niels Niessen
    The Creaturely Modernism of Amos Tutuola by Matthew Omelsky
    Heidegger’s Metapolitics by Michael Meng and Jeff Love
    A Passion for Sameness: Leo Bersani’s Ontology of Narcissism: A Review of Leo Bersani, Thoughts and Things by Mikko Tuhkanen
    Prising Open the Contradictions of Empire: A Review of C.L.R. James, The Life of Captain Cipriani: An Account of British Government in the West Indies by Andrew Smith
    “In Order to Live, the Other Must Die”: The Logic of Biopolitics in Waskar Ari’s Earth Politics: Religion, Decolonization, and Bolivia’s Indigenous Intellectuals Review by Grant Farred
    Unraveling the Being of Materiality: A Review of Christopher Breu’s Insistence of the Material: Literature in the Age of Biopolitics by Antoine Traisnel
    Feminist Filmmaking and the Future of Global Film Politics: A Review of Patricia White, Women’s Cinema, World Cinema: Projecting Contemporary Feminisms Review by Maggie Hennefeld
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    Editorial Statement
    Reflections on Revolution and Socialism in Our Times by Rebecca Karl
    The Ambiguous Debt of Counter-revolution to Revolution: Reply to a Vigilant Melancholic by Soumyabrata Choudhoury
    Fidel and the Tricontinental Imagination by Aditya Nigam
    Un Homenaje a Fidel (Homage to Fidel) by August Nimtz, Jr.
    Willing to Die: Addiction and Other Ambivalences of Living by Dana Seitler
    Religious Studies’ Mishandling of Origin and Change: Time, Tradition, and Form-of-Life in Buddhism by Ananda Abeysekara
    A Global “We”? Poetic Exhortations in a Time of Precarious Life by Walt Hunter
    From Targets to Matches: The Digital Anatomy-Politics of Neoliberal Sexuality by Andrea Righi
    The Pedagogical Power of Things: Toward a Post-Intentional Phenomenology of Unlearning by Tyson Lewis
    Colonialism at Home: Colonial Sensibility of the Suburb in Yasujiro Ozu’s I Was Born, But… (1932) by Kota Inoue
    Ubi Caritas: Children and Religious Celibates by Hailey Haffey
    The Outlaw-Knight: Law’s Violence in The Faerie Queene, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance and The Dark Knight Risesby by Cynthia Nazarian
    Edward W. Said and Joseph Boone’s The Homoerotics of Orientalism by Joseph Massad
    Caliban After Communism: Thoughts on the Future of Cuba by John Beverley
    Crowds and Power: Notes Toward a Performative Theory of Assembly by Judith Butler Review by Jodi Dean
    Analysis Terminable and Postponed Illusions of a Future: Psychoanalysis and the Biopolitics of Desire by Kate Schechter Review by Christopher Lane
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    Editorial Statement
    Once More, With Fredric Jameson by Pansy Duncan
    Demystification and the Management of Affect by Dalglish Chew
    “This Great Passion for Producing”: The Affective Reversal of Brecht’s Dramatic Theory by Vidar Thorsteinsson
    Reviving the Elephant, or Cinema Plays Dead by Matthew Noble-Olson
    Improvisational Ethics: Moral Technologies in Déjà vu and Minority Report by Scott Krzych
    Going Rogue or Becoming Salmon? Geoengineering Narratives in Haida Gwaii by Zach Horton
    The History of the Devil by Laurence Rickels
    James Clifford and the Ethical Turn in Anthropology by Hoon Song
    The Touch of Things. The Universe of Things: On Speculative Realism by Steven Shaviro by Ian James
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    Editorial Statement
    Life After the Subject by Christian P. Haines and Sean Grattan
    The Subject-Object of Commodity Fetishism, Biopolitics, Immortality, Sacrifice, and Bioracism by A. Kiarina Kordela
    Solon’s Ekstatic Strategy: Stasis and the Subject/Citizen by Dimitris Vardoulakis
    The Worker Subjects by Peter Hitchcock
    I Think We’re Alone Now: Solitude and the Utopian Subject in Colson Whitehead’s The Intuitionist by Sean Grattan
    Of Markets and Materiality: Financialization and the Limits of the Subject by Christopher Breu
    The Impersonal is Political: Adrienne Rich’s The Dream of a Common Language, Feminism, and the Art of Biopolitics by Christian P. Haines
    Who/What, Before/After: The Unrest of the Subject by Warren Montag
    Thinking at the Enlightenment’s Limit by Siraj Ahmed
    Post-Cartesian Ascesis. The Reject: Community, Politics, and Religion after the Subject by Irving Goh. Review by Allan Stoekl.
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    Editorial Statement
    Jokes and the Performative in Austin and Derrida; or, The Truth is a Joke by Jeffrey T. Nealon
    Indigeneity, Apartheid, Palestine: On the Transit of Political Metaphors by Mark Rifkin
    The Inaudible Nation: Music and Sensory Perception in Post-Apartheid South Africa by Gavin Steingo
    Magical Modernity: Fallacy of Affect in Ritwik Ghatak's Ajantrik by Suvadip Sinha
    The Present is a Void: Americanist Criticism, Unfinished and Half in Ruin by Matt Tierney
    Dating Markets and Love Stories: Rationality, Intuition, and Risk in Romantic Relationships Online and Offline by Nina Varsava
    Future Hospitalities by Julietta Singh
    Sex and Negativity, or What Queer Theory Has for You [Review Essay of: Sex, or the Unbearable by Lauren Berlant and Lee Edelman] Review by Robyn Wiegman.
    Why Does the West Need to Save Muslim Women? [Review Essay of: Do Muslim Women Need Saving? By Lila Abu-Lughod] Review by Mahua Sarkar.
    Announcing the End of the Film Era [Review Essay of: The Lumière Galaxy: Seven Key Words for the Cinema to Come by Francesco Casetti] Review by Dudley Andrew.
    Accounting for Difference [Review of: Debt to Society: Accounting for Life Under Capitalism by Miranda Joseph] Review by Morgan Adamson.
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    Editorial Statement
    Restating Things, Again by John Mowitt and Cesare Casarino
    Feminism and the Abomination of Violence by Jacqueline Rose
    The Judge as Historian: Knowledge at the Limits of Doubt (A Response to Jacqueline Rose’s “Feminism and the Abomination of Violence”) by Jane Blocker
    Corpsing; or, The Matter of Black Life by David Marriott
    Masking (A Response to David Marriott’s “Corpsing; or, The Matter of Black Life”) by Paula Rabinowitz
    A View from the Side: The Natural History Museum by Jodi Dean
    Sides Views Split (A Response to Jodi Dean’s “A View from the Side”) by Tony C. Brown
    End Notes by Simona Sawhney
    Review Essays
    In the Cold Night of the Day: On Film Noir, Hitchcock, and Identity. Night Passages: Philosophy, Literature, and Film by Elisabeth Bronfen. Review by Markos Hadjioannou.
    The Perils of Comparison in Subaltern Studies and Its Critique. Postcolonial Theory and the Specter of Capital by Vivek Chibber. Review by Travis Workman.
    Book Reviews
    The “Know-Show” Function and the Uses of Evidence. Paper Knowledge: Toward a Media History of Documents by Lisa Gitelman. Review by Benedict Stork.
    New Maps for the Diaspora. Escape from New York: The New Negro Renaissance beyond Harlem edited by Davarian L. Baldwin and Minkah Makalani. Review by Arlene R. Keizer.
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    Editorial Statment.
    Spectral Alphabets: Photography, Necropolitics and the Marikana Massacre. Patrick Walter
    Why Does the Law Want Us To Be Normal? Schmitt’s Institutionalism and the Critique of the Liberal Legal Order. Mariano Croce and Andrea Salvatore
    Urban Guerrillas on Film: Mediatization, Guerrilla Filmmaking, and Guerrilla Seeing in Emile de Antonio’s Underground. Matt Applegate
    Hysterical Postsecularism. David Gramling
    “I Don’t Wanna Talk Anymore”: On the Queer Non-Utility of “Telephone Remake”. Robert Alford
    Review Essays
    Beyond the Death Principle: Review Essay on Marc Crépon’s The Thought of Death and the Memory of War. Jan Mieszkowski
    The Machine Is/In Us: Kelly Oliver’s Derridean Ethics: Review Essay on Technologies of Life and Death: From Cloning to Capital Punishment by Kelly Oliver. Jeff Fort
    Book Reviews
    Farred on Athletic Movement and Rest: Review of Grant Farred’s In Motion, At Rest: the Event of the Athletic Body. Kenneth Surin
    After Tragedy, Searching for Liberation: A Review of David Scott’s, Omens of Adversity: Tragedy, Time, Memory, Justice. Brian Meeks
    Figuring Enslavement: A Review of Tim Armstrong’s The Logic of Slavery: Debt, Technology and Pain in American Literature. Anita Rupprecht
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    Editorial Statement
    Missing Bodies: Disappearances in the Aesthetic. Michael Davidson
    Humanitarianism, Testimony, and the White Savior Industrial Complex: What is the What versus Kony 2012. Sean Bex and Stef Craps
    Compelling Memory: 9/11 and the Work of Mourning in Mike Bender’s Reign over Me. Esther Peeren
    In Praise of Idleness: Aging and the Morality of Inactivity. Amelia DeFalco
    Writing Lines: Agamben contra Nietzsche. Jenny Doussan
    Review Essays
    Beyond the Possible: A Review of Speculate This! Matt May and Alexander Monea
    Side Effects: Review of Ann Cvetkovich, Depression: a Public Feeling and Carol Mavor, Black and Blue: The Bruising Passion of Camera Lucida, La Jetée, Sans Soleil, and Hiroshima mon amour. Jani Scandura
    Book Reviews
    Tales and the Crypt: A Review of Imaginary Ethnographies: Literature, Culture, and Subjectivity by Gabriele Schwab. Review by Tom Cannavino
    Magic Socialism: A Review of Ángel Rama’s Writing Across Cultures: Narrative Transculturalism in Latin America. Joshua Lund
    The Geometry of Means: Dimitris Vardoulaki’s Sovereignty and Its Other: Toward a Dejustification of Violence. Ingrid Diran
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    Special Issue: Comparative Radios
    Introduction to “Comparative Radios.” Martin Harries and Lecia Rosenthal
    Magic on the Air: Attempt at a Radio Grotesque, translated by Lisa Harries Schumann,with an Introduction by Lecia Rosenthal. Hans Flesch
    Radio/Puppets; or, The Institutionalization of a (Media) Revolution and the Afterlife of a Mexican Avant-Garde. Sarah J. Townsend
    No Transmitter: Clandestine Radio Listening Communities in Ricardo Piglia’s The Absent City. Tom McEnaney
    Voicing the Prevocal: Nathalie Sarraute’s Foray into Radio Drama. Carrie C. Landfried
    From Interiority to Intimacy: Psychoanalysis and Radio in Twentieth-Century France. Judith G. Coffin
    Radio Silence; or, On the Fritz. John Mowitt
    “Be it Resolved…” Referenda on Recent Scholarship in the Israel–Palestine Conflict. Barbara Harlow
    Through the Looking Glass. Biological Relatives: IVF, Stem Cells, and the Future of Kinship by Sarah Franklin. Jessica Lee Mathiason
    Review Essays
    Hollywood, Hitler, and Historiography: Film History as Cultural Critique. Johannes von Moltke
    Book Reviews
    The Afterlives of Photography. The Echo of Things: The Lives of Photographs in the Solomon Islands by Christopher Wright. Review by Peter Kilroy
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    Editorial Statement
    Seeding Debt: Alchemy, Death, and the Precarious Farming of Life-Finance in the Global South. Geeta Patel
    Slumdog Millionare and the Knowledge-Based Economy: Poverty as Ontology. Georgia Christinidis
    “From the Prostitute to the King”: The Corporate Form, Subsumption, and Periodization. Brynnar Swenson
    Myth and Mediation: Toward a Multitude of Pure Means. Ingrid Diran
    In the Conjuncture
    Meeting in the Hall
    From the Last Dancer. Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
    “Marxism, without Guarantees”: What I Learned from Stuart Hall. Kenneth Surin
    He Made It Possible. Grant Farred
    Architectures of Imagination. Houston A. Baker Jr.
    Review Essay
    The Uneven Citizenry of Photography: Reading the “Political Ontology” of Photography from Southern Africa. Patricia Hayes
    Book Reviews
    Love and Theft at 20. Love and Theft: Blackface Minstrelsy and the American Working Class by Eric Lott. Review by David Roediger
    For the Love of Lost Sovereignty: Egypt and Postcolonial Thought Disarming Words: Empire and the Seductions of Translation in Egypt by Shaden M. Tageldin. Review by Sunil Agnani
    Deconstruction Beyond Itself Posthumously: For Jacques Derrida by Zsuzsa Baross. Review by Kir Kuiken
    Manifesting Globalism. After Globalization by Eric Cazdyn and Imre Szeman. Review by Graeme Stout
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    Editorial Statement
    Messenger Bug: Ishmael Reed’s Media Virus. Madeleine Monson-Rosen
    Totality and the Common: Henri Lefebvre and Maurice Blanchot on Everyday Life. Jen Hui Bon Hoa
    Eichmann and His Ghosts: Affective States and the Unstable Status of the Human. Cynthia G. Franklin
    The Animal Anthropology of Linda Schele’s Spirits. Matthew C. Watson
    Killing Yourself to Live: Foucault, Neoliberalism, and the Autoimmunity Paradigm. Jason Maxwell
    The Impersistence of Life and Variations of Time: Prognosis, Dialectics, Mutation. The Already Dead by Eric Cazdyn. Angela Mitropoulos
    Possible Futures: Global Icons: Apertures to the Popular by Bishnupriya Ghosh. Parama Roy
    Missing Paul Robeson in East Berlin: The Spirituals and the Empty Archive. Todd Carmody
    Book Reviews
    Reading the Sick Critic: Death, Disease, and Revolution. The Already Dead by Eric Cazdyn. Andrea Gyenge
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    Claude McKay and Dissident Internationalism, by Joel Nickels
    “The independence so hardly won has been maintained:” C.L.R. James and the U.S. Occupation of Haiti, by Raphael Dalleo
    Professional Intimacies: Human Rights and Specialized Bodies in Michael Ondaatje’s Anil’s Ghost, by David Babcock
    At the Intersection of Apology and Sovereignty: The Arctic Exile Monument Project, by Pauline Wakeham
    Gaudí Gehry Barcelona, by Edgar Illas
    The Cricket’s Leap: Post-Oedipal Populism and Neoliberal Democracy in Contemporary Italy, by Ida Dominijanni
    Gangster Liberalism: The Italian Case, by Franco Berardi (Bifo)
    Italy from Berlusconi to Grillo: Kingdom Come, By Giuliano Santoro
    Indignation, Today, by Carlo Galli
    Writing Toward a Book on Proust. The Weather in Proust by Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick. Review by Nicholas de Villiers
    In the Conjuncture
    A Specter is Haunting the World—The Specter of Populism: The Italian Case
    Book Reviews
    Beyond the Mother Tongue: The Postmonolingual Condition by Yasemin Yildiz. Review by Margaret Littler
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    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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    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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    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
    A Totality of Ruins: Adorno on Kierkegaard
    Book Reviews
    Rancière’s Lost Object: Althusser’s Lesson by Jacques Rancière
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    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.