Provocations to Reading: J. Hillis Miller and the Democracy to Come / Edition 2

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This book is a marker of the state of theorytoday. Its rich array of wideranging essays explores the dimensions and implications of the work of J. Hillis Miller, one of the most eminent literary scholars in America. For nearly half a century, Miller has been known for his close and imaginative engagement with the implications of European philosophical thought and for his passionate advocacy of close reading.Building on this intellectual legacy, the contributors instantiate and extend the practice and ethics of sustained close reading that is Miller's hallmark. The book culminates in a moving piece by Jacques Derrida, Miller's close friend of forty years, who engages Miller's readings of Gerard Manley Hopkins in a historic encounter between French philosophy and American reading practices.A provocation to reading for new generations of students and teachers, these essays offer important resources for grasping the question of language in historical perspective and in contemporary life-a task essential for any democratic future. Barbara Cohen is Director of HumaniTech at the University of California, Irvine. She is co-editor of Material Events: Paul de Man and the Afterlife of Theory. Dragan Kujunzic is Professor of Russian and Comparative Literature and Director of Russian Studies at the University of California, Irvine. Among his publications is The Returns of History: Russian Nietzscheans after Modernity.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823224319
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2005
  • Edition description: 2
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Cohen is Director of the HumaniTech at the the University of California, Irvine. She is co-editor of Material Events: Paul de Man and the Afterlife of Theory.

Dragan Kujundzic is Chair of the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies at the University of Florida. Among his publications is The Returns of History: Russian Nietzscheans after Modernity.

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Table of Contents

1 "J" is for Jouissance 3
2 Broadening the horizon : on J. Hillis Miller's ananarratology 14
3 Finding the Zumbah : an analysis of infelicity in Speech acts in literature 30
4 Between "the cup and the lip" : retroactive constructions of inheritance in Our mutual friend 43
5 Hillis's charity 64
6 "J"; or, Hillis le mal 83
7 The afterlife of Judaism : the Zohar, Benjamin, Miller 95
8 On the line 117
9 War on terror 128
10 American literary studies and American cultural studies in the times of the national emergency : J's paradoxes 159
11 "J" is for just a minute : it's miller time when it shimmers 197
12 Three literary theorists in search of o 210
13 Justices 228
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