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Spectral Nationality: Passages of Freedom from Kant to Postcolonial Literatures of Liberation
     

Spectral Nationality: Passages of Freedom from Kant to Postcolonial Literatures of Liberation

by Pheng Cheah
 

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-- John Kraniauskas, Radical Philosophy

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-- John Kraniauskas, Radical Philosophy

Editorial Reviews

Interventions - Baidik Bhattcharya
Cheah's text is one of those rare occasions where scholarship and political commitment become supplementary to each other.
Research in African Literatures - Gregory Jusdanis
Cheah does a superb job in outlining the organic and ultimately cultural forms the struggle for freedom has taken.
MLN - Matthew Scherer
Pheng Cheah traces a constellation of concepts...with confidence
Choice
The book offers a coherent argument against inherited theories of "organismic vitalism"...and evinces the literary idiom of postmodernism.
Interventions
Cheah's text is one of those rare occasions where scholarship and political commitment become supplementary to each other.

— Baidik Bhattcharya

Research in African Literatures
Cheah does a superb job in outlining the organic and ultimately cultural forms the struggle for freedom has taken.

— Gregory Jusdanis

MLN
Pheng Cheah traces a constellation of concepts...with confidence

— Matthew Scherer

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231503600
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
06/19/2012
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
432
File size:
17 MB
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Michael Hardt
Spectral Nationality is a beautiful and startling book. It is dazzlingly, relentlessly erudite, but also remarkably clear and simple in its focus: how freedom has been pursued in the past and how we can best realize it today. This is an extremely important intellectual and political project.

Craig Calhoun
Elegantly argued, original, and deeply insightful, Pheng Cheah's new book situates nationalism at the heart of the Western intellectual tradition. Its examination of organicism shows this to be anything but an innocent metaphor. Philosophy's dualisms did not remain stable, and Western philosophy did not stay at home. Cheah brilliantly shows how its implications intertwined with different material circumstances and cultural traditions in postcolonial Asia and Africa. Bildung and Bandung were not quite worlds apart. A must read.

Harry Harootunian
Pheng Cheah has written an important book that will genuinely stir up productive discussion, breathe new life into postcolonial discourse, and raise the subject to a new and necessary level of serious engagement.

Peter Fenves
A rare scholarly achievement, Spectral Nationality adds a critical new dimension to the work from which it draws much of its inspiration, namely Derrida's Spectres of Marx. Cheah's exemplary account of the development of organicism from Kant through Marx will doubtless change the manner in which this difficult and delicate topic will henceforth be discussed.

Dipesh Chakrabarty
Pheng Cheah's stimulating contribution to postcolonial studies stands out on two counts: for the sustained attention it gives to European thought and for shifting the focus of the discussion to Southeast Asia and Kenya. It is the combination of these two elements that gives Spectral Nationality its distinctive vigor and merit.

Meet the Author

Pheng Cheah is assistant professor in the department of rhetoric at the University of California at Berkeley. He is co-editor of Cosmopolitics: Thinking and Feeling beyond the Nation, Thinking through the Body of the Law and Grounds of Comparison: Around the Work of Benedict Anderson (forthcoming).


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