Finitude's Score: Essays for the End of the Millennium

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"These lit-crit essays are at once spoofable and brilliant."-Esquire. "'Trauma TV' is . . . the most illuminating essay on TV and video ever written."-Artforum. "Ronell is one of the few critical theorists of talent who can write her way out of the hermeticism typically associated with the deconstructionism of Derrida, Blanchot, Nancy, or Lacoue-Labarthe. She jumps between the vulgate of television talk shows and the high theoretical jargon of the academy with the adroitness of a speed-fiend switchboard operator . . . [She is] the reigning queen
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Overview

"These lit-crit essays are at once spoofable and brilliant."-Esquire. "'Trauma TV' is . . . the most illuminating essay on TV and video ever written."-Artforum. "Ronell is one of the few critical theorists of talent who can write her way out of the hermeticism typically associated with the deconstructionism of Derrida, Blanchot, Nancy, or Lacoue-Labarthe. She jumps between the vulgate of television talk shows and the high theoretical jargon of the academy with the adroitness of a speed-fiend switchboard operator . . . [She is] the reigning queen of termino-millenarianism."-Poetics Today. Suspending the distinction between headline news and high theory, Ronell examines diverse figures of finitude in our modern world: war, guerrilla video, trauma TV, AIDS, music, rumor. Her essays address such questions as: How do rumors kill? How has video become the call of conscience of TV? How have the police come to be everywhere, even when they are not? Is peace possible? Ronell writes to "the community of those who have no community-to those who have known the infiniteness of abandonment." Avital Ronell is also the author of The Telephone Book: Technology, Schizophrenia, Electric Speech (1989) and Crack Wars: Literature, Addiction, Mania (1992), both published by the University of Nebraska Press. She is a professor in and chair of the Department of German and a professor of comparative literature at New York University.
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Editorial Reviews

Poetics Today
"[Avital Ronell] jumps between the vulgate of television talk shows and the high theoretical jargon of the academy with the adroitness of a speed-fiend switchboard operator. . . . [She is] the reigning queen of termino-millenarianism."—Poetics Today
Artforum
"'Trauma TV' is . . . the most illuminating essay on TV and video ever written."—Artforum
John P. Leavey Jr.

"This collection is stunning. Ronell has achieved a work of thinking at the highest level."

Jonathan Culler

"Over the past decade, Avital Ronell has put together what must be one of the most remarkable critical oeuvres of our era."

Esquire
"Brilliant."—Esquire
Jonathan Culler
"Over the past decade, Avital Ronell has put together what must be one of the most remarkable critical oeuvres of our era."—Jonathan Culler
John P. Leavey Jr.
"This collection is stunning. Ronell has achieved a work of thinking at the highest level."—John P. Leavey Jr.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803289499
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1998
  • Series: Texts and Contexts Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 370
  • Product dimensions: 5.24 (w) x 9.81 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Meet the Author

Avital Ronell’s books include The Telephone Book: Technology, Schizophrenia, Electric Speech (1989) and Crack Wars: Literature, Addiction, Mania (1992), both published by the University of Nebraska Press. She is chair of and professor in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literature and a professor of comparative literature at New York University.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Finitude's Score 19
Queens of the Night 41
Hitting the Streets: Ecce Fama 63
Street-Talk 83
The Sujet Suppositaire: Freud, And/Or, the Obsessional Neurotic Style (Maybe) 105
Taking it Philosophically: Torquato Tasso's Women as Theorists 129
Namely, Eckermann 159
Doing Kafka in The Castle: A Poetics of Desire 183
Starting from Scratch: Mastermix 207
The Worst Neighborhoods of the Real: Philosophy - Telephone - Contamination 219
The Walking Switchboard 237
The Differends of Man 255
Support Our Tropes: Reading Desert Storm 269
Activist Supplement: Papers on the Gulf War 293
TraumaTV: Twelve Steps Beyond the Pleasure Principle 305
Notes 329
Index 359
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