Thinking Difference: Critics in Conversation

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"Difference" has been a "word of choice" in the humanities for the last few decades, animating an extraordinary variety of work in philosophy, literary studies, religion, law, the social sciences. In this imaginatively conceived book, Julian Wolfreys talks to thirteen leading scholars about the place of "difference" in their own work, in their own fields, and, importantly, in their teaching. How has intellectual engagement with difference -- its celebration of otherness and opposition, whether in a work of art or in world politics -- shaped teaching, reading, and writing in today's colleges and universities? And, at a time when identity politics and cultural critique have been institutionalized by the academy, has "difference" been domesticated?
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823223077
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press
  • Publication date: 5/18/2004
  • Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy Series
  • Edition description: 2
  • Pages: 199
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Julian Wolfreys is Professor of English at the University of Florida. His other books include, most recently, Victorian Hauntings: Spectrality, Haunting, the Gothic, and the Uncanny in Literature.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : "as if I were teaching, in conversation"
1 The beginning is haunted : teaching and the uncanny 1
2 Encountering the other in the classroom 11
3 Symptoms of response 20
4 Confessions of an anacoluthon : on writing, technology, pedagogy, and politics 33
5 Difference beyond difference 68
6 Q&A : whims, whim-whams, whimsies, and the "responsiveble" interview 90
7 Thinking about this ... 99
8 Resisting resistance 104
9 Going to university with Socrates 111
10 In praise of devilish hermeneutics 119
11 A-mail : differential imaging 124
12 The degree zero of criticism 147
13 To leave the word to someone else 165
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