Critical Inquiry

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    Pleistocene Park: Engineering Wilderness in a More-than-Human World.Anya Bernstein - 2024 - Critical Inquiry 50 (3):452-471.
    Pleistocene Park is a large-scale science experiment in Arctic Siberia in the form of a future-oriented rewilding project with the goal of mitigating climate change. The park’s creators hypothesize that introducing large herbivores into the area will slow the thawing of permafrost. Using the approach of multispecies ethnography in attending to the nonhuman agencies at work in the project, I argue that the park differs from other rewilding projects, which are usually ecocentric, in emerging as a survivalist project with a (...)
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    Review of Andreas Huyssen: Memory Art in the Contemporary World: Confronting Violence in the Global South[REVIEW]Veena Das - 2024 - Critical Inquiry 50 (3):565-566.
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    Review of Éric Alliez, Jean-Claude Bonne, Robin Mackay and Maya B. Kronic: Body without Organs, Body without Image: Ernesto Neto’s Anti-Leviathan, Becoming-Matisse: Between Painting and Architecture, and Duchamp Looked At (from the Other Side) / Duchamp with (and against) Lacan, vols. 1–3 of Undoing the Image[REVIEW]Jae Emerling - 2024 - Critical Inquiry 50 (3):567-569.
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    Algorithmic Abduction: Robots for Alien Reading.Jacob G. Foster & James A. Evans - 2024 - Critical Inquiry 50 (3):375-401.
    How should we incorporate algorithms into humanistic scholarship? The typical approach is to clone what humans have done but faster, extrapolating expert insights to landfills of source material. But creative scholars do not clone tradition; instead, they produce readings that challenge closely held understandings. We theorize and then illustrate how to construct bad robots trained to surprise and provoke. These robots aren’t the most human but rather the most alien—not tame but dangerous. We explore the relationship between the reproduction of (...)
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    Review of Brian Gingrich: The Pace of Fiction: Narrative Movement and the Novel[REVIEW]Catherine Gallagher - 2024 - Critical Inquiry 50 (3):569-571.
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    Review of Justin E. H. Smith: The Internet is Not What You Think It Is: A History, a Philosophy, a Warning[REVIEW]Andrew Hui - 2024 - Critical Inquiry 50 (3):571-573.
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    Review of Rebecca Boguska: Guantánamo Frames[REVIEW]Gary Kafer - 2024 - Critical Inquiry 50 (3):573-574.
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    Building Duration: Architecture Out of Adventure-Time.Sean Keller - 2024 - Critical Inquiry 50 (3):472-493.
    This article examines the temporal dimension of contemporary architecture, particularly in light of the climate crisis. Mikhail Bakhtin’s category of “adventure-time” is redeployed to describe the general chronotope of postmodernism, one in which contingency and spatiotemporal disjunctions are dominant. In contrast, this essay argues for a new emphasis on duration as a means of attending to temporal continuity. Potential paths for expanding architecture’s critical engagement with duration are explored.
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    Review of Adhira Mangalagiri: States of Disconnect: The China-India Literary Relation in the Twentieth Century[REVIEW]Daniel Lapinski - 2024 - Critical Inquiry 50 (3):574-575.
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    Review of Lee Edelman: Bad education: why queer theory teaches us nothing[REVIEW]Heather Love - 2024 - Critical Inquiry 50 (3):575-576.
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    Review of Aaron Trammell: The Privilege of Play: A History of Hobby Games, Race, and Geek Culture[REVIEW]Peter McDonald - 2024 - Critical Inquiry 50 (3):577-577.
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    “Understanding” Asians: Anti-Asian Racism, Sentimentality, Sentiment Analysis, and Digital Surveillance.Lisa Nakamura, Grace Kyungwon Hong & Wendy Hui Kyong Chun - 2024 - Critical Inquiry 50 (3):425-451.
    This article addresses how Asian racialization grounds contemporary social media experimentation on—and comprehensive surveillance of—users. To make this point, we focus on the relationship between the sentimentality of white benevolence as an expression of US empire and the social scientific history of sentiment analysis, which derives from early twentieth-century analyses of women workers and Japanese internment camps. The drive to “read” the inscrutable other—framed as a benevolent alternative to direct coercion—underlies methods to better capture and control individuals by understanding their (...)
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    Review of Daniele Lorenzini: The Force of Truth: Critique, Genealogy, and Truth-Telling in Michel Foucault[REVIEW]Johanna Oksala - 2024 - Critical Inquiry 50 (3):578-579.
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    Review of Florian Fuchs: Civic Storytelling: The Rise of Short Forms and the Agency of Literature[REVIEW]Thomas Pavel - 2024 - Critical Inquiry 50 (3):579-581.
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    The True Story of Fictionality.Benedict S. Robinson - 2024 - Critical Inquiry 50 (3):543-564.
    I aim to explode a famous thesis about “the rise of fictionality,” argued in an essay of that title by Catherine Gallagher. I also have in mind related claims that the eighteenth or the nineteenth century first distinguished fiction from nonfiction or first differentiated literature from other modes of discourse. Gallagher places the rise of fictionality exactly where Ian Watt placed the rise of the novel—England, 1720 to 1740—and she connects it to the development of a credit economy. This article (...)
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    Review of Jennifer L. Fleissner: Maladies of the Will: The American Novel and the Modernity Problem[REVIEW]Jonathan D. S. Schroeder - 2024 - Critical Inquiry 50 (3):581-582.
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    Review of David Kurnick: “The Savage Detectives” Reread[REVIEW]Bécquer Seguín - 2024 - Critical Inquiry 50 (3):582-583.
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    Sentiment Analysis and the Sentimental Novel.Sean Silver & Andrew Franta - 2024 - Critical Inquiry 50 (3):402-424.
    This article asks what the emerging computational field of sentiment analysis can teach us about the sentimental novel, and vice versa. It argues that, despite humanistic skepticism about quantitative methods and sentiment analysis’s well-known limitations (in recognizing irony, for example), sentiment analysis can help us better to understand the novel form and the sentimental novel in particular. The literary approach to computational analysis taken in this article demonstrates the ability of sentiment analysis to link large-scale observations about text data to (...)
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    The Reification of the World: Poetry and Conquest in Marcel Broodthaers’s Maps.Trevor Stark - 2024 - Critical Inquiry 50 (3):517-542.
    Marcel Broodthaers’s A Film by Charles Baudelaire was produced in lieu of a research paper for a seminar on Baudelaire run by Lucien Goldmann in Brussels during the winter of 1969–70. The film and the seminar serve as points of departure for this article’s pursuit of three interrelated aims: first, to establish specific discursive coordinates for one of the most mystifying aspects of Broodthaers’s work, namely its pervasive and seemingly anachronistic references to nineteenth-century poetic modernism in general and to Baudelaire (...)
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    Review of Beatrice Adler-Bolton and Artie Vierkant: Health Communism[REVIEW]Lesley Thulin - 2024 - Critical Inquiry 50 (3):583-584.
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    Unavoidable Slips: Settler Colonialism and Terra Nullius in the Wake of Climate Adaptation.Sarah Elizabeth Vaughn - 2024 - Critical Inquiry 50 (3):494-516.
    This article focuses on Guyanese efforts in the ​postcolonial present to address environmental issues that have become increasingly complex in the face of an awareness of climate change. It opens with an account of how the preservation of Indigenous forests contributes to international efforts to reduce carbon, while making visible the instability that the discovery of oil and gas reserves in the seabed might portend for the Guyanese economy. Specifically, the article examines how engineers have historically confronted settler-colonial discourses about (...)
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    You Have Been Misconnected.Meghanne Barker - 2024 - Critical Inquiry 50 (2):201-224.
    One face in the crowd meets another. Eyes lock, only to disappear again. Craigslist missed connections, a minor genre of the personal ad, reveal the imbrication of mediation and missing. They articulate anxieties over shifting relations in cityscapes and communication infrastructures. This article treats missing as an act and affect defined through mediation. Studying a vernacular narrative form such as the missed-connections ad offers insight on the significance of missing to urban life. The architecture of missed connections shows that they (...)
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    Review of John Guillory: Professing Criticism: Essays on the Organization of Literary Study[REVIEW]Rachel Sagner Buurma & Laura Heffernan - 2024 - Critical Inquiry 50 (2):362-363.
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    Review of Kevis Goodman: Pathologies of motion: historical thinking in medicine, aesthetics, and poetics[REVIEW]James Chandler - 2024 - Critical Inquiry 50 (2):352-354.
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    Review of Tina M. Campt: A black gaze: artists changing how we see[REVIEW]Emily Collins - 2024 - Critical Inquiry 50 (2):354-355.
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    Review of Giedre Šabaseviciute: Sayyid Qutb: An Intellectual Biography[REVIEW]Noa Davidyan - 2024 - Critical Inquiry 50 (2):355-356.
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    Review of John Guillory: Professing Criticism: Essays on the Organization of Literary Study[REVIEW]Frances Ferguson - 2024 - Critical Inquiry 50 (2):356-358.
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    Review of David Simpson: Engaging Violence: Civility and the Reach of Literature[REVIEW]Kevis Goodman - 2024 - Critical Inquiry 50 (2):358-360.
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    Review of Stanislav Aseyev, Zenia Tompkins and Nina Murray: The Torture Camp on Paradise Street[REVIEW]Lisa Hajjar - 2024 - Critical Inquiry 50 (2):360-361.
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    Victorian Equations.Andrea Kelly Henderson - 2024 - Critical Inquiry 50 (2):252-276.
    As familiar as the form of the mathematical equation is to us, the ostensibly simple act of equating unlike things was an achievement many centuries in the making, and one that would ultimately redefine European mathematical enquiry such that its bias toward geometry and the concrete would be displaced by a bias toward algebraic abstraction. The moment of that displacement was the nineteenth century, and its broader significance is on particularly striking display in the British context, where the implications of (...)
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    Review of Michael Steinberg: The afterlife of Moses: exile, democracy, renewal[REVIEW]Peter Jelavich - 2024 - Critical Inquiry 50 (2):364-365.
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    Review of and Giancarlo Casale: Prisoner of the Infidels: The Memoir of an Ottoman Muslim in Seventeenth-Century Europe[REVIEW]Ceyda Karamursel - 2024 - Critical Inquiry 50 (2):365-366.
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    The Art of Text-to-Speech.Benjamin Lindquist - 2024 - Critical Inquiry 50 (2):225-251.
    Long before Siri and ChatGPT uttered their first automated words, there was only one way to program synthetic speech: with paint and brush. During the transformative years between 1930 and 1960, artists, linguists, and engineers mixed sound and image in a way that combined artistic production with new technologies. What was known as “synthesis-by-art” grew into the rules that power computer speech today. This article concentrates on the emergence of rule-based speech synthesis at Haskins Laboratories in mid-twentieth-century America. An unexpected (...)
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    Contemporary Political Adventures of Meaning: What Is a Floating Signifier?Catherine Malabou - 2024 - Critical Inquiry 50 (2):305-316.
    This text is the edited transcript of Catherine Malabou’s second Critical Inquiry visiting-professorship lecture at the University of Chicago in January 2022.
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    Notational/poetics: Noting, Gleaning, Itinerary.Maureen N. McLane - 2024 - Critical Inquiry 50 (2):277-304.
    This article establishes itself first in a kind of slough, a lack of inspiration, and transvalues this via Fred Wah’s poem “Ikebana” and Roland Barthes’s celebration of haiku as a form that “lacks inspiration.” Following Barthes on “the minimal act of writing that is Notation,” this article explores and theorizes the status of the notational in and for poetics. The article registers and sustains the ambiguity in notatio, notationis and suggests that the notational points to a conceptual dialectic between condensation (...)
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    Review of Annie Bourneuf: Behind the Angel of History: The Angelus Novus and Its Interleaf[REVIEW]Zakir Paul - 2024 - Critical Inquiry 50 (2):366-368.
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    Review of Mona El-Ghobashy: Bread and Freedom: Egypt’s Revolutionary Situation[REVIEW]Dina Rashed - 2024 - Critical Inquiry 50 (2):368-369.
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    The Draw of the Mark.Peter Schwenger - 2024 - Critical Inquiry 50 (2):335-351.
    The mark is the present moment of writing. It follows that if we give some thought to marks, we will also learn something about writing. The mark takes place in a certain space, from which it distinguishes itself. In George Spencer-Brown’s Laws of Form, a right-angle mark becomes the founding gesture for a study of distinction, space, and the relations between them. The Spencer-Brown mark is presented as the elegant minimum needed to convey the idea of “continence” or spatial enclosure. (...)
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    Review of Sony Coráñez Bolton: Crip Colony: Mestizaje, US Imperialism, and the Queer Politics of Disability in the Philippines[REVIEW]Bassam Sidiki - 2024 - Critical Inquiry 50 (2):370-371.
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    Review of Elisa Tamarkin: Apropos of something: a history of irrelevance and relevance[REVIEW]David Carroll Simon - 2024 - Critical Inquiry 50 (2):371-372.
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    A Peripheral Vision: Framing the Cultural Bias in the Center of Photography.Kwabena Slaughter - 2024 - Critical Inquiry 50 (2):317-334.
    This article explores issues of what is seen and not seen, recorded and disregarded, as they relate to the author’s practical experimentations with alternate uses/forms of the camera. These alternates include the slit-scan camera and a little-known form called the cylinder pinhole camera, which was originally designed and tested by the photo historian Joel Snyder. What do these cameras tell us, the author asks, about the center and periphery of an image as it exists inside a camera before that image (...)
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    Review of Barbara Klinger: Immortal Films: “Casablanca” and the Afterlife of a Hollywood Classic[REVIEW]Pamela Robertson Wojcik - 2024 - Critical Inquiry 50 (2):373-374.
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