The Political Life of Sensation

Author: Davide Panagia
Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 0822390817
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The taste of chocolate, the noise of a crowd, the visual impressions of filmic images—such sensory perceptions are rarely if ever discussed in relation to democratic theory. In response, Davide Panagia argues that by overlooking sensation political theorists ignore a crucial dimension of political life. Drawing on Gilles Deleuze’s and Jacques Rancière’s readings of Kantian aesthetics, Panagia posits sensation as a radical democratic moment of aesthetic judgment. He contends that sensory experience interrupts our perceptual givens, creating occasions to suspend authority and reconfigure the arrangement of a political order. Panagia claims that the rule of narrative governs our inherited notions of political subjectivity and agency, such that reading and writing are the established modes of political deliberation. Yet the contemporary citizen-subject is a viewing subject, influenced by film, photos, and other perceptual stimuli as much as by text. Challenging the rule of narrative, Panagia analyzes diverse sites of cultural engagement including the visual dynamics portrayed in the film The Ring, the growth of festival culture in late-fifteenth-century Florence, the practices of convivium espoused by the Slow Food movement, and the architectural design of public newsstands. He then ties these occasions for sensation to notable moments in the history of political thought and shows the political potential of a dislocated subjectivity therein. Democratic politics, Panagia concludes, involves a taking part in those everyday practices that interrupt our common modes of sensing and afford us an awareness of what had previously been insensible.

The Body Economic

Author: Catherine Gallagher
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 1400826845
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The Body Economic revises the intellectual history of nineteenth-century Britain by demonstrating that political economists and the writers who often presented themselves as their literary antagonists actually held most of their basic social assumptions in common. Catherine Gallagher demonstrates that political economists and their Romantic and early-Victorian critics jointly relocated the idea of value from the realm of transcendent spirituality to that of organic "life," making human sensations--especially pleasure and pain--the sources and signs of that value. Classical political economy, this book shows, was not a mechanical ideology but a form of nineteenth-century organicism, which put the body and its feelings at the center of its theories, and neoclassical economics built itself even more self-consciously on physiological premises. The Body Economic explains how these shared views of life, death, and sensation helped shape and were modified by the two most important Victorian novelists: Charles Dickens and George Eliot. It reveals how political economists interacted crucially with the life sciences of the nineteenth century--especially with psychophysiology and anthropology--producing the intellectual world that nurtured not only George Eliot's realism but also turn-of-the-century literary modernism.

Lucretius as Theorist of Political Life

Author: J. Colman
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137292326
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Lucretius as Theorist of Political Life is an interpretation of Lucretius' poem On the Nature of Things as a defense of philosophy given the irremediable tension between the competing claims of the philosophic and political life. The central issue is the need for, and attempt by, philosophy to justify and defend its way of life to the political community. This work uncovers how Lucretius' conception of the philosophic life, and the reaction to the human, religious, and political implications of the discovery of nature, distinguish his intention from the anti-theological animus that drives the politically and scientifically ambitious project of his modern appropriators.

The Public Intellectual and the Culture of Hope

Author: Joel Faflak
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 1442665750
Format: PDF
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The Public Intellectual and the Culture of Hope brings together a number of winners of the Polanyi Prize in Literature – a group whose research constitutes a diversity of methodological approaches to the study of culture – to examine the rich but often troubled association between the concepts of the public, the intellectual (both the person and the condition), culture, and hope. The contributors probe the influence of intellectual life on the public sphere by reflecting on, analyzing, and re-imagining social and cultural identity. The Public Intellectual and the Culture of Hope reflects on the challenging and often vexed work of intellectualism within the public sphere by exploring how cultural materials – from foundational Enlightenment writings to contemporary, populist media spectacles – frame intellectual debates within the clear and ever-present gaze of the public writ large. These serve to illuminate how past cultures can shed light on present and future issues, as well as how current debates can reframe our approaches to older subjects.

Uneasy Sensations

Author: Aileen Douglas
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226160511
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The eighteenth-century comic novelist Tobias Smollett has often been criticized for the extreme physicality of his writing, which is full of scatological images and graphic depictions of bodily injury and disintegration. Aileen Douglas draws on feminist and other new theoretical perspectives to reassess Smollett's entire body of fiction as well as his classic Travels through France and Italy. Like many writers of his time, Douglas argues, Smollett was interested in the body and in how accurately it reflects internal disposition. But Smollett's special contribution to the eighteenth-century novel is his emphasis on sentience, or the sensations of the physical body. Looking at such works as The Adventures of Roderick Random, The Expedition of Humphry Clinker, The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle, and The History and Adventures of an Atom, Douglas explores the ways Smollett uses representations of sentience—especially torment and pain—in his critique of the social and political order. Trained in medicine, Smollett was especially alert to the ways in which the discourses of medicine, philosophy, and law construct (as we would put it now) the body as an object of knowledge, and yet his work always returns to the importance of the physical world of the body and its feelings. Smollett reminds us, as Douglas aptly puts it, that "if you prick a socially constructed body, it still bleeds."

Ranci re s Sentiments

Author: Davide Panagia
Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 0822372169
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In Rancière’s Sentiments Davide Panagia explores Jacques Rancière’s aesthetics of politics as it informs his radical democratic theory of participation. Attending to diverse practices of everyday living and doing—of form, style, and scenography—in Rancière’s writings, Panagia characterizes Rancière as a sentimental thinker for whom the aesthetic is indistinguishable from the political. Rather than providing prescriptions for political judgment and action, Rancière focuses on how sensibilities and perceptions constitute dynamic relations between persons and the worlds they create. Panagia traces this approach by examining Rancière’s modernist sensibilities, his theory of radical mediation, the influence of Gustave Flaubert on Rancière’s literary voice, and how Rancière juxtaposes seemingly incompatible objects and phenomena to create moments of sensorial disorientation. The power of Rancière’s work, Panagia demonstrates, lies in its ability to leave readers with a disjunctive sensibility of the world and what political thinking is and can be.

Das Buch der Spiegel

Author: E.O. Chirovici
Publisher: Goldmann Verlag
ISBN: 3641194962
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Die Wahrheit des einen ist die Lüge des anderen. Als der Literaturagent Peter Katz ein Manuskript des Autors Richard Flynn erhält, ist er sofort fasziniert. Flynn schreibt über die Ermordung des Professors Joseph Wieder in Princeton. Der Fall wurde nie aufgeklärt, und Katz vermutet, dass der unheilbar kranke Flynn den Mord gestehen oder den Täter enthüllen wird. Doch Flynns Text endet abrupt. Als Katz den Autor kontaktieren will, ist dieser bereits verstorben. Besessen davon, das Ende der Geschichte zu erfahren, versucht Katz, Laura Baines ausfindig zu machen, die als Studentin auf undurchsichtige Weise mit Wieder verbunden war. Doch je tiefer Katz in den Fall eindringt, desto mehr scheint er sich von der Lösung zu entfernen ...

Limonow

Author: Emannuel Carrère
Publisher: Matthes & Seitz Berlin Verlag
ISBN: 3882219394
Format: PDF
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Ausgezeichnet mit dem Prix Renaudot 2011 und dem Prix de la langue française 2011 Eduard Limonow, spätestens seit der Gründung der Nationalbolschewistischen Partei eine der umstrittensten und widersprüchlichsten Figuren Russlands, lebt sein abenteuerliches Leben mit einer schwindelerregenden Intensität. Er verbrachte seine Jugend als Kleinkrimineller und dann als gefeierter Underground-Dichter in Charkow und Moskau, lebte als hungerleidender und partyfeiernder bisexueller Dandy-Autor in New York und Paris, kämpfte als Freiwilliger in den Balkankriegen auf Seiten der Serben, schloss sich mit seiner Partei Kasparow und der Bewegung Neues Russland an und saß im Gefängnis. Eine Kandidatur bei den Präsidentschaftswahlen 2012 wurde ihm verweigert, inzwischen agiert er als einer der führenden Köpfe der demokratischen Opposition. Seine politische Haltung oszilliert zwischen extrem rechts und extrem links - immer in Opposition zum Establishment und immer auch als ästhetische Geste einer Gegenkultur. Carrère erzählt in dieser alle Genres sprengenden Romanbiografie, die den Leser von der ersten Seite an in gefesselte Aufmerksamkeit versetzt, die schillernde Geschichte Eduard Limonows, rekonstruiert ein Leben, das ihn fasziniert aber auch abstößt - und skizziert wie nebenbei seine eigene Annäherung an das heutige Russland.

Buncombe Bob

Author: Julian M. Pleasants
Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9780807850640
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Buncombe Bob