Diacritics

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    University and Its Other: On The Referent–We of Sylvia Wynter’s “No Humans Involved”.Vero Chai - 2022 - Diacritics 50 (4):32-46.
    Sylvia Wynter ends her monumental essay “‘No Humans Involved:’ An Open Letter to My Colleagues” (1994) with an urgent call to address the dire condition of the jobless and poor: “We must now undo their narratively condemned status.” Who are “we”? The sentence separates the university and its “narratively condemned” other. In fact, what the pronoun “we” in the open letter refers to is situated and far from universal, for it is “we in academia” that institute the Western imperial constructs (...)
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    The Afropessimist Never Drinks the Kool-Aid of Black Enlightened Progress: An Interview with Frank B. Wilderson III.Fernando Gomez Herrero & I. I. I. Frank B. Wilderson - 2022 - Diacritics 50 (4):72-97.
    Frank Wilderson: I introduce a semiotic configuration. The point is, at important levels of abstraction, people who are positioned as Black—which is very different from saying people who think of themselves as Black. One of the basic premises of Afropessimism, which makes it resonate with psychoanalysis or Marxism, is that where one is positioned in a paradigm might not be where one thinks one is or where one desires to be. When I teach undergraduates, I say: “Look, I used to (...)
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    Images.Philip Lorenz & Eliseo Valdés Erustes - 2022 - Diacritics 50 (4):98-71.
    Valdés’s work is abstract and speaks in part to earlier traditions including cubist art, even as it transports us most pointedly to his native Cuba, and to a series of what he describes as “visual enigmas” emerging specifically from contemporary realities. Both his public sculptures and installations restructure the space around them: on the one hand quoting a longer tradition of work, including the geometrical cubes of classic modern sculpture, while on the other hand moving beyond that history and transporting (...)
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  4. Looking Together: Desiring Relations in James Baldwin.Mikko Tuhkanen - 2022 - Diacritics 50 (4):6-31.
    This essay argues that Baldwin’s Another Country evinces his search for a connective principle (of the self to self and others) beyond what the representatives of Western tradition, from the Oracle of Delphos to twentieth-century theorists of ideology, have called “knowledge” ( gnosis ). Baldwin’s novel seemingly promotes the redemptive role of knowledge in inter- and intrapersonal relations, both by having such privileged characters as Ida Scott announce its importance as an ethical principle and by structuring the narrative so that (...)
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    Hot and Cold Borders: Sketches for a Geopolitics of Environmental Media.Francesco Zucconi - 2022 - Diacritics 50 (4):48-70.
    In recent years, the concept of the border has undergone profound transformations and become central to a broad debate investigating the complexity of its political and social practices. The centrality of the border topic in public debate has contributed to the development of something akin to a “frontier cinema” or, better, a propensity for “filming at the border.” This essay investigates political borders as media environments and seeks to develop the idea of the “border mediascape” as a new framework at (...)
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    Free as A Bird: Nature as Freedom and Interval in Karl Marx’s Capital.Christina Chalmers - 2022 - Diacritics 50 (3):82-119.
    Marx’s concept of bird-freedom or Vogelfreiheit— drawn from German legal history in which it meant “outlaw status” — describes the situation of free labor as “doubly free”: not enslaved as well as landless. The metaphorical valences of his satirical emphasis on the cynicism of the idea of “free labor” returns in many of Marx’s other satirical reworkings of concepts which refer to the state of nature. This essay looks at two such concepts engaged in explaining the process of “primitive accumulation” (...)
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    Images >> Jean-Xavier Renaud.Laurent Dubreuil - 2022 - Diacritics 50 (3):150-156.
    Renaud, the illuminator. Renaud, the chronicler. “JXR” is not exactly recording facts and documents, although he often paints on the basis of “found images,” taking digital photos he collects from websites as a basis for his own work. He is not an archivist either, although he uses collage and routinely incorporates pictures or logotypes into his digital drawings. The chronicling work remains. In Renaud’s oeuvre, the times are being shown in all their glorious stupidity. An optimist nevertheless, the artist exhibits (...)
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    Kleist in Italy: An Icon of Gendered Conflicts.Mariaenrica Giannuzzi - 2022 - Diacritics 50 (3):60-78.
    In this essay I analyze citational practices around Heinrich von Kleist in Italian postmodern theater and Italian feminist biopolitics. In this realm, the reference to Kleist performs a gesture of interruption of traditional eroticism (Catholic, modern, based on women’s sexual slavery), in particular, by using and rewriting Kleist’s narrative of the Amazons, the legendary tribe of women who would cut their breast to embrace the art of war. Postmodern citations of Kleist introduce a new language around sexuality instead of reenacting (...)
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    Translation, Transference, Trouvaille : Derrida’s “what is a ‘Relevant’ Translation?”.Michael G. Levine - 2022 - Diacritics 50 (3):4-28.
    Derrida’s “What is a ‘Relevant’ Translation?”, first delivered at the fifteenth annual Assises de la Traduction Littéraire à Arles in 1998, is an address that appears at first to speak from the outside and with a certain deference to professional translators. Yet, it quickly becomes apparent that Derrida not only counts himself among them but uses the occasion to reflect on his own surprising success as a translator of Hegel. This success has to do first and foremost with the proven (...)
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    Uncertain Turns: Addressing Animal Trauma.Natalie Lozinski-Veach - 2022 - Diacritics 50 (3):122-146.
    Since the development of modern trauma theory, the limits of the human have worn increasingly thin. Today, mounting evidence of psychological injuries in other species poses new challenges for trauma studies. How might we think trauma beyond the human? What would such an effort unsettle, which epistemic structures would it destabilize? Reading Cathy Caruth with Jacques Derrida and W.G. Sebald, this essay considers nonhuman trauma as an apostrophic address that provokes radical uncertainty. The inherently aporetic structure of trauma theory cannot (...)
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    The Rhetoric of Abolition: Metonymy and Black Feminism.John Rufo - 2022 - Diacritics 50 (3):30-57.
    In light of Ruth Wilson Gilmore’s call that abolition means to “change everything,” how might we understand an abolitionist literary method? An abolitionist literary method dials into the language of critiquing prisons. This essay contends that recent developments in U.S. discourse concerning prison reform and prison abolition rely on the distinction between metaphor and metonymy. As rhetorical tropes, metaphor and metonymy both operate by means of figurative language. Metaphor creates a parallel formation between terms, popular in prison reformist language (i.e. (...)
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    Rethinking Authenticity, Anarchy, and Collective Action: An Interview with Peg Birmingham.Peg Birmingham & Ian Alexander Moore - 2022 - Diacritics 50 (2):38-51.
    Abstract:Ian Moore speaks with Peg Birmingham about the intellectual and personal relationship between Martin Heidegger and Hannah Arendt, and more.
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    The Ethical Resonances Along Heidegger's Philosophical Path: An Interview with Ramón Rodríguez.Cristina Crichton & Ramón Rodríguez - 2022 - Diacritics 50 (2):64-74.
    Abstract:Cristina Crichton speaks with Ramón Rodríguez about ethics in Heidegger (Studies) and Heidegger's influence on his own work.
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    Crossroads in the Flesh: An Interview with Mariana Ortega.Jessica Elkayam & Mariana Ortega - 2022 - Diacritics 50 (2):98-110.
    Abstract:Jessica Elkayam asks Mariana Ortega about the influence both Latina feminisms and Martin Heidegger have had on the development of Ortega's mestiza theory.
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    The West as a Form of Anxiety: An Interview with Naoki Sakai.Pedro Erber & Naoki Sakai - 2022 - Diacritics 50 (2):144-155.
    Abstract:Pedro Erber discusses with Naoki Sakai the history of Heidegger's influence on philosophy in Japan.
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    He Has Taken Me This Far and Afterward I Leave Him: An Interview with Jean-Luc Nancy.Pedro Erber, Marita Tatari, Facundo Vega & Jean-Luc Nancy - 2022 - Diacritics 50 (2):156-167.
    Abstract:In one of his last interviews before his passing, Jean-Luc Nancy talks about his own engagement with and eventual departure from Heidegger's work.
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    What Is To Be Undone: An Interview with Bruno Bosteels.Pedro Erber, Facundo Vega & Bruno Bosteels - 2022 - Diacritics 50 (2):122-134.
    Abstract:Bruno Bosteels speaks about the influence of Heidegger's thought on his monograph Philosophies of Defeat: The Jargon of Finitude and his work overall.
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    Why Heidegger in Dark Times Like Ours? An Interview with Marcia Sá Cavalcante Schuback.Pedro Erber, Facundo Vega & Marcia Sá Cavalcante Schuback - 2022 - Diacritics 50 (2):76-83.
    Abstract:Pedro Erber and Facundo Vega speak with Marcia Sá Cavalcante Schuback about Heidegger's influence on philosophy in Brazil and beyond.
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    The Language that Can Bear Thinking: An Interview with Grant Farred.Grant Farred & Nicolette Bragg - 2022 - Diacritics 50 (2):52-63.
    Abstract:Nicolette Bragg asks Grant Farred about the legacy of his text Martin Heidegger Saved My Life and what it means to think.
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    Object-Oriented Heidegger: An Interview with Graham Harman.Graham Harman & Niki Young - 2022 - Diacritics 50 (2):12-25.
    Abstract:Niki Young speaks with Graham Harman about his Object-Oriented Philosophy in relation to his understanding of Heidegger's tool-analysis, and more.
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    Heidegger Tonight: A Philosophical Dialogue.Michael Marder & Giovanbattista Tusa - 2022 - Diacritics 50 (2):26-37.
    Abstract:Michael Marder and Giovanbattista Tusa discuss the "today" and "tonight" in Heidegger's thinking and beyond.
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    Fascination With The Obscure: An Interview With Peter Trawny.Tatjana Noemi Tömmel, Florian Grosser & Peter Trawny - 2022 - Diacritics 50 (2):136-143.
    Tatjana Noemi Tömmel and Florian Grosser speak with Peter Trawny, the philosopher whose editions and interpretations of Martin Heidegger's work have strongly and lastingly shaped the view of Heidegger's thought.
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    Images.Lee Ufan - 2022 - Diacritics 50 (2):168-135.
    In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content:ImagesLee UfanBorn in Haman County, Korea, in 1936, Lee Ufan is a leading practitioner and theorist of the Mono-ha School, which emerged in Japan in the 1960s. With his distinct approach and individualistic artistic expression, he has established a unique style of his own that goes beyond such categorization. In his work, Lee leaves areas unmade and produces yohaku (empty spaces and margins), while cutting personal expression to a (...)
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    Heidegger Beyond Heidegger: An Interview with Rodolphe Gasché.Francesco Vitale & Rodolphe Gasché - 2022 - Diacritics 50 (2):84-96.
    Abstract:Francesco Vitale discusses with Rodolphe Gasché the history of Heidegger reception in France and Germany, and more.
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    Heidegger, Afropessimism, and the Harlem Renaissance: An Interview with Calvin Warren.Calvin Warren, Michelle E. Banks, Robert Savino Oventile & Yuliana Samson - 2022 - Diacritics 50 (2):112-121.
    Abstract:Calvin Warren talks about Heidegger's influence on Afropessimism, and about the philosophical significance of the Harlem Renaissance.
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    Barbara Cassin: Sophistical Reading.Paul Earlie - 2022 - Diacritics 50 (1):4-31.
    Abstract:Although best known to English-speaking readers as the general editor of the Dictionary of Untranslatables, the work of French philologist and philosopher Barbara Cassin is eclectic, encompassing literary studies, ancient philosophy, rhetoric, translation theory, psychoanalysis, politics, and more. From Presocratic philosophy to more recent reflections on Big Tech and democracy, Cassin's work is rooted in "sophistics," an approach that emphasizes the primacy of language in shaping our interactions with the world. Situating this sophistical approach vis-à-vis classical philology (Bollack) and the (...)
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    A Tropics of Estrangement: Ghurba in Four Scenes.Aaron Frederick Eldridge & Basit Kareem Iqbal - 2022 - Diacritics 50 (1):112-140.
    Abstract:This essay traces the ambivalent work of ghurba (estrangement, exile, alienation) across four ethnographic scenes: Orthodox Christian activists in austerity Beirut refuse to abandon the corrupted world; a Syrian Islamic scholar in Jordan insists on the patient work of rehabilitation; Orthodox ascetics in a monastic community outside Tripoli turn to the hidden alienation borne in the world; and a Muslim calligrapher in Canada relinquishes the guarantee of ethical relation. Taken together, these scenes form a tableau of estrangement in the shared (...)
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    Lyric Geology: Anthropomorphosis, White Supremacy, and Genres of the Human.Devin M. Garofalo - 2022 - Diacritics 50 (1):32-61.
    Abstract:This essay argues for lyric as an anthropomorphic pattern of thought which shapes our readings of poetry and Earth. Theorizing what I call "lyric geology," the essay foregrounds two critical conjunctions: (1) the historical co-emergence of the normative lyric subject and the human species as geologic agent; and (2) the anthropomorphic genealogy of literary criticism called "lyricization" as it dovetails with Sylvia Wynter's account of the "over-representation" of colonial man as "the human itself." Reading across a seemingly eclectic archive—Charles Lyell, (...)
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    Colonial Metaphor, Colonial Metaphysics: On the Poetic Pairing of Blackness and Indianness.Chad Benito Infante - 2022 - Diacritics 50 (1):62-88.
    Abstract:This essay performs an anticolonial and poetic methodology of combining Black and Native feminists' deconstruction of metaphor and metaphysics in order to argue for the centrality of colonial metaphor to colonial metaphysics. I combine their analyses of the separate gendered metaphors of Blackness and Indianness and the centrality of these metaphors to the development of a global metaphysics as well as the transference of the terms of metaphysics to whiteness. I then apply this method of combined terms and readings to (...)
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    Feminist Styles of Immanent Critique: Judith Butler and Denise Riley.Anna Moser - 2022 - Diacritics 50 (1):90-111.
    Abstract:Taking up the question of style, I argue that this term provides a generative framework for reassessing the historical challenges of feminist writing and politics. To develop my argument, I read Judith Butler's philosophy alongside Denise Riley's poems, historical criticism, and philosophical prose, proposing that both writers are inventive participants in the tradition of immanent critique. I demonstrate how feminist questioning of linguistic conventions and social norms is enfolded in Butler's paratextual reflections on philosophical grammar and in Riley's poetic and (...)
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    Images.Sean P. Murphy - 2022 - Diacritics 50 (1):142-143.
    In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content:ImagesSean P. Murphy (bio)[End Page 142] Click for larger view View full resolutionIMAGE: DIALECTICAL MATERIALISM, 2022 Acrylic paint on wood 8 x 8 x 1 inches[End Page 143] Click for larger view View full resolutionFORMALISM, 2022 Acrylic paint on wood 8 x 8 x 1 inches[End Page 3] Click for larger view View full resolutionNEW HISTORICISM, 2022 Acrylic paint on wood 8 x 8 x 1 inches[End Page 89] (...)
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