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Neil Vallelly
University of Otago
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    From the Margins of the Neoliberal University: Notes Toward Nomadic Literary Studies.Neil Vallelly - 2019 - Poetics Today 40 (1):59-79.
    Literary studies are living a nomadic existence on the margins of the neoliberal university, forced to adapt to the needs of more profitable disciplines and the insidious marketization of higher education to find an intellectual home. By drawing on Rosi Braidotti’s nomadic theory, this article situates the current state of literary studies in the wider networks of power relations that differentially distribute nomadic experiences in the contemporary world. The article begins with an examination of the contradictions of nomadic mobility in (...)
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    (Non-)Belief in Things: Affect Theory and A New Literary Materialism.Neil Vallelly - 2019 - In Stephen Ahern (ed.), A Feel for the Text: Affect Theory and Literary Critical Practice. New York, NY, USA: pp. 45-63.
    This chapter argues that contemporary literary criticism suffers from a reflexive faith in things, conceived broadly as static objects that reflect wider political, social, and cultural practices. Literature is re-imagined here as an open-ended event that demands an immanent materialism in which distinctions between literary objects and human bodies no longer stand up. By reflecting on the ambiguous “thing-ness” of Shakespeare, Vallelly draws attention to the elusive nature of things in theatrical spaces, and explores how this enigmatic materiality can be (...)
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    “The Place Was Not a Place": A Critical Phenomenology of Forced Displacement.Neil Vallelly - 2018 - In Erik M. Champion (ed.), The Phenomenology of Real and Virtual Places. New York, NY, USA: pp. 204-222.
    The contemporary concept of place rests on a paradox: in order to move seamlessly within and between places (real and virtual), one must possess a secure—primarily, legal and economic—connection to a place. Without this secure connection, being-in-the-world means being displaced. By drawing on examples in literature, anthropology, and the testimonies of displaced persons, this chapter illustrates that an over-insistence on the ontological primordiality of place potentially aligns phenomenology with the exclusionary dimension of place in the globalized 21st century. In response, (...)
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  4. The Relationality of Disappearance.Neil Vallelly - 2019 - Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities 24 (3):38-52.
    In this article I examine what happens to the “I” when the other disappears. I elucidate the relationship between ontic – relational ties to specific others – and ontological relationality – the fundamental relationality that facilitates the very existence of the “I.” The loss of an ontic relationality, I contend, ensures that the “I” can never be the same as it was prior to the loss. But the disappearance of an ontic relationality also accentuates that the “I” cannot disavow its (...)
     
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    The Relationality of Disappearance.Neil Vallelly - 2019 - Angelaki 24 (3):38-52.
    In this article I examine what happens to the “I” when the other disappears. I elucidate the relationship between ontic – relational ties to specific others – and ontological relationality...
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