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A Time for the Humanities: Futurity and the Limits of Autonomy Paperback – November 15, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0823229208 ISBN-10: 0823229203 Edition: 0th

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This book provides a fabulous line up of original and thought-provokingwriters on a topic of vital importance. As the pressure to conform isbeing increasingly felt on all sides--even in areas that we couldpreviously assume were immune from it -- the future, indeed the veryviability, of the humanities confronts us with urgent questions. Thisvolume eloquently raises those questions, and does them more thanjustice.-Tina Chanter


While arbitrary and dire decisions about our planet are made every day by presidents, generals, bankers and CEOs, those who work in the humanities have a role to play-first, that of caring for words and their nuances, like the difference between futurityand the future,historicityand history,and then, by questioning their applications to current issues. All these vibrant essays, written by some of the finest minds of today's academia, suggest that the spatial closure that transforms the world into a global prison of sameness not only can but must be undone by a rupture ushered in by the heterogeneity of futurity.Such a new future, less a tense or a time-span than a mode of critical examination, still rhymes with new styles of architecture,and still hopes to bring about a much needed change of heart.-Jean-Michel Rabat


Opens a battlefront and conversation that is likely to preoccupy the next generation.-Tom Cohen


About the Author


JAMES J. BONO is Associate Professor of History and of Medicine at the University at Buffalo.

TIM DEAN is Professor of English and Comparative Literature and Director of the Humanities Institute at the University at Buffalo.

EWA PLONOWSKA ZIAREK is Julian Park Professor of Comparative Literature and Founding Director of the Humanities Institute at the University at Buffalo.

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Ewa Plonowska Ziarek is Julian Park Professor of Comparative Literature. Her teaching interests include feminist theory, modernism, continental philosophy, ethics, and critical theory. She is the author of The Rhetoric of Failure: Deconstruction of Skepticism, Reinvention of Modernism. (SUNY, 1995), An Ethics of Dissensus: Feminism, Postmodernity, and the Politics of Radical Democracy. (Stanford 2001); the editor of Gombrowicz's Grimaces: Modernism, Gender, Nationality, (SUNY, 1998); and the co-editor (with Tina Chanter) of Revolt, Affect, Collectivity: The Unstable Boundaries of Kristeva's Polis (SUNY, 2005) and Intermedialities: Philosophy, Art, Politics (forthcoming). She has published numerous articles on Kristeva, Irigaray, Derrida, Foucault, Levinas, Fanon and literary modernism.

Her long term research project -- conceived as a sequence of three books -- aims to reassess the contestations and contributions of feminism to the project of modernity. Devoted to the question of feminist ethics, An Ethics of Dissensus is the first part of this trilogy. The book reformulates the relation between freedom and obligation, by taking into account the historical constitution of subjectivity, power structures, and the role of embodiment, sexuality, and racial differences. By engaging a number of thinkers ranging from Emmanuel Levinas, Jean-François Lyotard, Michel Foucault, bell hooks, Cornel West, Patricia Williams, Chantal Mouffe, Ernesto Laclau, to Jacques Lacan, Julia Kristeva and Luce Irigaray, Ziarek's vision of ethics negotiates among the discourses that rarely address each other: ethical theory, feminism, psychoanalysis, race theory, Continental philosophy, and the politics of radical democracy. In so doing, she develops an alternative model of intersubjective relations in which respect for otherness and accountability for oppression are necessary conditions of solidarity and democratic community. She has recently published athe second book in this series, Feminist Aestheticsand the Politics of Modernism. Please find it here: http://www.cup.columbia.edu/book/978-0-231-16148-0/feminist-aesthetics-and-the-politics-of-modernism Her study is one of the first to combine an in-depth engagement with philosophical aesthetics, especially the work of Theodor W. Adorno, with women's literary modernism, particularly the writing of Virginia Woolf and Nella Larsen, along with feminist theories on the politics of race and gender.

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