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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    “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
    “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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    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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    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
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    Virus Discourse: The Rhetoric of Threat and Terrorism in the Biothriller
    Terrorist Hunter: Walter Mosley, the Urban Plot, and the Terror War
    The Event of the Black Body at Rest: Mêlée in Motwon
    Masculinity, Food and Appetite in Frank Chin’s Donald Duck and "The Eat and Run Midnight People"
    Looking for Something Forever Gone: Gothic Masculinity, Androgyny, and Ethics at the Turn of the Millennium
    Queer Theory in the First Person: Academic Autobiography and the Authoritative Contigencies of Visibility
    Love, Lists, and Class in Nick Hornby’s High Fidelity
    Book Reviews
    Queer Archives In a Queer Time and Place: Transgender Bodies, Subcultural Lives by Judith Halberstam
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    Introduction: Cultures of Finance: When the Crisis, Which Was a Certainty, Becomes a Contingency
    Death-Driven Futures, or You Can’t Spell Deconstruction without Enron
    Marx’s Update of Cultural Theory
    Uncertain Subjects of Anglo-American Financialization
    Freedom, Ownership, and Social (In-)Security in the United States
    Pricing Race, Circulating Anxieties, and the Fate of Malaya’s Currency Reserves at Independence
    Underground Money
    Debt and Denunciation in Post-bubble Japan: On the Two Freeters
    Escape Artists: Germany, Fortress Europe, and the Situationist Rescripting of Travel
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    Communal Narcosis and Sublime Withdrawal: The Problem of Community in Kant's Critique of Judgement
    The Gap in Context: Giorgio Agamben's Remnants of Auschwitz
    Home Is Where the Neurosis Is: A Topography of the Spatial Unconscious
    Why We Shouldn't Be Bored with the Political Economy versus Cultural Studies Debate
    Haiti, Guantánamo, and the "One Indispensible Nation": U.S. Imperialism, "Apparent States," and Postcolonial Problematics of Sovereignty
    Invest in Jesus: Neoliberalism and the Left Behind Novels
    Germany Is a Boy in Trouble
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    The Feminization of Globalization
    Shame, Ventriloquy, and the Problem of the Cliché in Caryl Phillips
    Diego Rivera's Greater America: Pan-American Patronage, Indigenism, and H.P.
    Postimperial Landscapes: "Psychogeography" and Englishness in Alan Moore's Graphic Novel From Hell: A Melodrama in Sixteen Parts
    "Suffer a Sea Change": Spatial Crisis, Maritime Modernity, and the Politics of Utopia
    When Signifiers Collide: Doubling, Semiotic Black Holes, and the Destructive Remainder of the American Un/Real
    Behind the Blip: Essays on the Culture of Software by Matthew Fuller
    Book Reviews
    Malice by François Flahault
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    Remembering the Past's Future: Anti-imperialist Nostalgia and Some Versions of the Third World
    The Balkans: Europe's Cesspool
    On Militancy, Sort Of
    Fundamentalism Hot and Cold: George W. Bush and the "Return of the Sacred"
    Interogating "Newness": Globalization and Postcolonial Theory in the Age of Endless War
    Modernity's (Yellow) Perils: Dr. Fu-Manchu and English Race Paranoia
    Postcolonial Studies: A Materialist Critique by Benita Parry
    Book Reviews
    Postcolonialism: A Historical Introduction by Robert J. C. Young
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    The Future of the Research University and the Fate of the Humanities
    Two Cheers for Aesthetic Autonomy
    Knowing What We Are Doing: Time, Form, and the Reading of Postmodernity
    "Mont Blanc" and the Sublimity of Materiality
    Paranoia in the Age of the World Picture: The Global "Limits of Enlightenment"
    Speculations on a New Economy: Le Femme Nikita, the Series
    Violent Submission: Gendered Automobility
    Modernism, Inc.: Body, Memory, Capital, edited by Jani Scandura and Michael Thurston
    Eros in Mourning, by Henry Staten
    Book Reviews
    Déjá Vu: Aberrations of Cultural Memory, by Peter Knapp
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    The Persistence of the Palestinian Question
    Welcome the Outlaw: Pirates, Maroons, and Caribbean Countercultures
    Phantasmagoric Aesthetics: Colonial Violence and the Management of Perception
    How Traumatized Societies Remember: The Aftermath of Argentina's Dirty War
    Hannibal's Children: Immigration and Antiracist Youth Subcultures in Contemporary Italy
    Reclaiming Left Baggage: Some Early Sources for Minority Studies
    Women's Experience of Modernity, 1875-1945 edited by Ann L. Ardis and Leslie W. Lewis
    Book Reviews
    Imaginary States: Studies in Cultural Transnationalism by Peter Hitchcock
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    Introduction. Thinking through Embeddedness: Globalization, Culture, and the Popular
    Multiplicity or Homogeneity? The Cultural-Political Paradox of the Age of Globalization
    World Piece: What the Miss World Pageant Can Teach about Globalization
    Internationalism and Cultural Experience: Soviet Films and Popular Chinese Understandings of the Future in the 1950s
    Globalization, Culture, and War: On the Popular Mediation of "Small Wars"
    On Death and Donuts: Irony and Ecology after September 11
    The Chinese Railroad View: Transportation Themes in Popular Print, 1873-1915
    The Cultural Life of Intellectual Properties: Authorship, Appropriation, and the Law by Rosemary Coombe
    Metamorphoses: Towards a Materialist Theory of Becoming by Rosi Braidotti
    Book Reviews
    Interpreting Culture: Rethinking Method and Truth in Social Theory by Joseph D. Lewandowski
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    PART I: Normalism, Normality, Normalization
    Introduction, 911 and 9/11: Links to Link
    From the "Power of the Norm" to "Flexible Normalism": Considerations after Foucault
    On the Contribution of Normalism to Modernity and Postmodernity
    The Normalistic Subject and Its Curves: On the Symbolic Visualization of Orienteering Data
    On the Temporal Quality of the Normalistic Fun and Thrill Tape
    The War of Monotheism: On the Inability of Civilization to Expand: The West Battles: The West Battles against Itsel
    Of the One, of hierarchy
    It's a Powerful Life: A Conversation on Contemporary Philosophy
    Marxism, Modernity, and Postcolonial Studies edited by Crystal Bartolovich and Neil Lazarus
    PART II: Other Essays
    Judgement: The Emergence of Legal Norms
    Book Reviews
    Spectral Evidence: The Photography of Trauma by Ulrich Baer
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    Jesuit Commonwalth versus Liberal Empire: R.B. Cunninghame Graham, Primitive Communism, and the British Left at the Turn of the Twentieth Century
    Ariel's Ethos: On the Moral Economy of Caribbean Existence
    Midnight's Orphans, or A Postcolonialism Worth Its Name
    The Colonial Afterlife of Political Arithmetic: Swift, Demography, and Mobile Populations
    "Ah, yes, I remember it well": Memory and Queer Culture in Will and Grace
    Authenticity Betrayed: The "idiotic folk" on Love on the Dole
    Film Cultures Reader edited by Graeme Turner
    Princes as Paupers: Pleasure and the Imagination of Powerlessness
    Book Reviews
    Around Quitting Time: Work and Middle-Class Fantasy in American Fiction by Robert Seguin