Going Postcard: The Letter(s) of Jacques Derrida

FORTHCOMING Spring 2017

In 1980, Jacques Derrida published La carte postale: De Socrate à Freud et au-delà. At the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the English translation, Going Postcard: The Letter(s) of Jacques Derrida revisits this seminal work in Derrida’s oeuvre. Derrida himself described The Post Card in his preface as “the remainders of a destroyed correspondence,” stretching from 1977 to 1979. A cryptic text,[…]

Language Parasites: Of Phorontology

FORTHCOMING Spring 2017

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 the basis of an exterior, parasitical force[…]

The Passenger: Medieval Texts and Transits

FORTHCOMING Winter 2017

What strange transactions take place in the mobile spaces between loci? How does the flow of forces between fixed points enliven texts, suggest new connections, and map out the dizzying motion of myriad interactions? The essays in this volume were first presented at the 2014 New Chaucer Society Congress in Reykjavik, Iceland where a meeting[…]

Kill Boxes: Facing the Legacy of US-Sponsored Torture, Indefinite Detention, and Drone Warfare

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FORTHCOMING Winter 2017

Kill Boxes addresses the legacy of US-sponsored torture, indefinite detention, and drone warfare by deciphering the shocks of recognition that humanistic and artistic responses to violence bring to consciousness if readers and viewers have eyes to face them. Beginning with an analysis of the ways in which the hooded man from Abu Ghraib became iconic,[…]

Centaurs, Rioting in Thessaly

FORTHCOMING Winter 2017

Ionia has disappeared, Troy is no more, Antigone and the heroes are gone. But then, they were never there in the first place . . . The ghosts of the Oresteia haunt our imaginations as Clytemnestra treads upon the blood red fabric. This book treads new paths through the labyrinths of our human thought. It meanders through the[…]

Murder Ballads

Published: 06/27/2016

Download an excerpt of Murder Ballads! England, 1798. You buy a book of poems. An anonymous volume. You carry it home in your jacket pocket, set it on a table in your sitting room while you munch a midday meal of meat and bread. . . . In 1798, William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge were engaged in[…]

As If: Essays in As You Like It

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Published: 12/29/2016

Read an Excerpt from As If: Essays in As You Like It Here! Shakespeare’s As You Like It is a play without a theme. Instead, it repeatedly poses one question in a variety of forms: What if the world were other than it is? As You Like It is a set of experiments in which[…]