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KELLY OLIVER is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin. Her articles on Nietzsche, Foucault, Kristeva, and feminist philosophy have appeared in Social Theory and Practice, Hypatia, Radical Philosophy, and Diacritics. She is co-editor (with Dale Bauer) of a special issue of Hypatia on philosophy and language.


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  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press (February 22, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0253207614
  • ISBN-13: 978-0253207616
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,339,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kelly Oliver was born on July 28, 1958 in Spokane Washington. She graduated from Gonzaga University with honors in 1979 with a double major in philosophy and communications. She earned her Ph.D. from Northwestern University in philosophy in 1987. She has held teaching positions at various Universities, including George Washington University, University of Texas at Austin, and Stony Brook University. Currently, she is W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University.

She has published books on topics ranging from family, love, war, and violence to affirmative action, Hollywood films, and animal rights.

She is the author of THE COWGIRL PHILOSOPHER MYSTERY novels, including COYOTE and WOLF.

Her scholarly work includes over 100 articles and over twenty books, including: Earth and World: Philosophy After the Apollo Missions; Technologies of Life and Death: From Cloning to Capital Punishment; Knock me up, Knock me down: Images of Pregnancy in Hollywood Film; Animal Lessons: How They Teach us to be Human; Women as Weapons of War: Iraq, Sex and the Media; The Colonization of Psychic Space: A Psychoanalytic Theory of Oppression; Noir Anxiety: Race, Sex, and Maternity in Film Noir; Witnessing: Beyond Recognition; Subjectivity Without Subjects: From Abject Fathers to Desiring Mothers; Family Values: Subjects Between Nature and Culture; Womanizing Nietzsche: Philosophy's Relation to "the Feminine"; and Reading Kristeva: Unraveling the Double-Bind. She has edited or co-edited several books.

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This book was written at a time of conflict, when alcohol, tobacco, and firearms were plotting against Branch Davidians who were considered David Koresh's fertility cult and enemies in a war on drugs. Kelly Oliver was in her early Austin, Texas period, trying to produce cultural significance like a real Staussian genius. People in Minneapolis thought I was crazy and treied to turn me into a highly medicated individual. As a reader now, I am under the influence of free radical pathology mentioned in a 2014 book called The Disease Delusion. I considered Kelly Oliver a reliable author on topics like Womanizing Nietzsche, which lists metaforeplay in the index, not to mention abjection. My reading of Kristeva includes an English translation of Revolution in Poetic Language, which was published in French in 1974, the year Walter Kaufmann's English translation of Nietzsche's the Gay Science convinced me that authority has a real problem:

Everybody has the right to know I think more than you do.

Few things in life that are written down go as fast as things happen in a good Beatles song. August 2014 is a hundredth anniversary of a European disaster that makes me want to joke about a Saint Paul Superman untergang complex with a secret password that picks up from syntax madness taking over the idea:

(Expletive deleted) them then, if they can't take a joke.

If life is more than depleted uranium, men are (expletive depletered) than a speeding bullet.

Reading Kristeva on pages 22 to 23 has something about the Phallus in the ideas of Lacan on gratification that can bring a helicopter to the rooftop facing my window in Night Stalker exercises. A guy who lives below me thought it was heading for his window to keep him safe.
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