Animal Emotions: How They Drive Human Behavior

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FORTHCOMING Summer 2020

Animal Emotions: How They Drive Human Behavior gives a concise overview about ancient mammalian emotions deeply rooted in the human brain. Jaak Panksepp, a world-renowned neuroscientist from the USA, dedicated his life career to the study of mammalian emotions and carved out seven distinct emotional systems he called seeking, lust, care, play (positive emotions) and[…]

Aural History

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Published: 03/12/2020

Aural History is an anti-memoir memoir of encountering devastating grief that uses experimental storytelling to recreate the winding, fractured path of loss and transformation. Written by a thirty-something psychotherapist and queer theorist, Aural History is structured as a sequence of three sections that each use different narrative styles to represent a distinctive stage in the[…]

Critique of Fantasy, Vol. 3: The Block of Fame

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FORTHCOMING Winter 2020

In The Block of Fame, Edmund Bergler, like the thirteenth fairy in the “Sleeping Beauty,“ uninvited because there wasn’t an extra place setting, crashes the psychoanalytic poetics of daydreaming with a curse. He charges that the overview, according to which art making rarefies daydreaming and delivers omnipotence, overlooks the underlying defense contract. We are hooked[…]

Critique of Fantasy, Vol. 2: The Contest between B-Genres

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FORTHCOMING Winter 2020

In The Contest between B-Genres, the “Space Trilogy” by J.R.R. Tolkien’s friend and colleague C.S. Lewis and the roster of American science fictions that Gotthard Günther selected and glossed for the German readership in 1952 demarcate the ring in which the contestants face off. In carrying out in fiction the joust that Tolkien proclaimed in[…]

Opioids: Addiction, Narrative, Freedom

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Published: 10/05/2018

Read an Excerpt from Opioids: Addiction, Narrative, Freedom Here! An epidemic is a feeling set within time as much as it is a matter of statistics and epidemiology: it is the feeling of many of us in the same desperate place at the same desperate time. Opioid epidemic thus names a present moment — at[…]

Covert Plants: Vegetal Consciousness and Agency in an Anthropocentric World

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Published: 09/11/2018

Covert Plants contributes to newly emerging discourses on the implications of vegetal life for the arts and culture. This stretches to changes in our perception of ‘nature’ and to the adapting roles of botany, evolutionary ecology, and environmental aesthetics in the humanities. Its editors and contributors seek various expressions of vegetal life rather than the[…]

Visceral: Essays on Illness Not as Metaphor

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Published: 10/16/2017

Read and Excerpt from Visceral Here! Memoirs about being sick are popular and everywhere and only ever contribute to pop narratives of illness as a single event or heroic struggle or journey. Visceral: Essays on Illness as Metaphor is not that. Visceral, to the extent that it is a memoir, is a record not of[…]