’Pataphilology: An Irreader

FORTHCOMING Spring 2018

  1883. Jean-Pierre Brisset realizes that a close phonological analysis of spoken words will demonstrate that the French language, and therefore the human species, was evolved from frogs. 1896. Consulted as an expert in linguistics and comparative philology, Ferdinand de Saussure reports that the passages of Martian Language transcribed during the “sonambulistic glossolalias” of one[…]

Rhetorical Agency

Published: 11/01/2017

In recent accounts of rhetoric’s storied productivity, commentators have implied, along systematically Kantian lines, albeit with the occasional protestation, that agency must be coextensive with subjectivity. But is that all there is (to 2,500 years’ worth of hypothesizing about the ways in which communication might promote social change)? Les Belikian’s answer, drawing not only on[…]

dôNrm’-lä-püsl

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Published: 10/05/2017

Read Tina Žigon’s Introduction Here! There have been many iterations of the Joan of Arc story: “testimonies,” books, and films have attempted to capture the drama of one of history’s most famous gender warriors. But few, if any, have been undertaken by an author who met her subject matter with such recognition and insight, a[…]

The Pedagogics of Liberation: A Latin American Philosophy of Education

FORTHCOMING Autumn 2017

Enrique Dussel is considered one of the founding philosophers of liberation in the Latin American tradition, an influential arm of what is now called decoloniality. While he is astoundingly prolific, relatively few of his works can be found in English translation—and none of these focus specifically on education. Founding members of the Latin American Philosophy[…]

Of Great Importance

FORTHCOMING Winter/Spring 2018

The poems in Of Great Importance discuss taxes and debts, stocks and flows, citizenship and labor contracts, notaries and accountants, factories and strikes, freedoms and fundamental rights, how to make money and how to win elections, when to declare war and when to found a new state. Economics, politics, or history deals with how people live[…]

Dotawo: A Journal of Nubian Studies 4

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Published: 10/12/2017

Read an Excerpt of Dotawo 4 Here! Dotawo: A Journal of Nubian Studies offers a platform in which the old meets the new, in which archaeological, papyrological, and philological research into Meroitic, Old Nubian, Coptic, Greek, and Arabic sources confront current investigations in modern anthropology and ethnography, Nilo-Saharan linguistics, and critical and theoretical approaches present[…]

The Old Nubian Language

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Published: 09/11/2017

Read an Excerpt from The Old Nubian Language Here! Eugenia Smagina (Евгeния Б. Смaгина) first published her grammar of the Old Nubian language in 1986 in Russian. For more than thirty years the work has remained untranslated, even though the late Gerald M. Browne affirmed that “this lucid, well-argued presentation should be available to all[…]

Language Parasites: Of Phorontology

Published: 05/04/2017

Read an Excerpt from Language Parasites Here! Who speaks when you speak? Who writes when you write? Is it “you”—is it the “I” that you think you are? Or are we the chance inheritors of an invasive, exterior parasite—a parasite that calls itself “Being” or “Language?” If our sense of self is best defined on[…]