×

Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

On Pain of Speech: Fantasies of the First Order and the Literary Rant
     

On Pain of Speech: Fantasies of the First Order and the Literary Rant

by Dina Al-Kassim
 

On Pain of Speech tracks the literary rant, an expression of provocation and resistance that imagines the power to speak in its own name where no such right is granted. Focusing on the “politics of address,” Dina Al-Kassim views the rant through the lens of Michel Foucault's notion of the biopolitical subject and finds that its abject address is

Overview


On Pain of Speech tracks the literary rant, an expression of provocation and resistance that imagines the power to speak in its own name where no such right is granted. Focusing on the “politics of address,” Dina Al-Kassim views the rant through the lens of Michel Foucault's notion of the biopolitical subject and finds that its abject address is an essential yet overlooked feature of modernism. Deftly approaching disparate fields—decadent modernism, queer studies, subjection, critical psychoanalysis, and postcolonial avant-garde—and encompassing both Euro-American and Francophone Arabic modernisms, she offers an ambitious theoretical perspective on the ongoing redefinition of modernism. She includes readings of Jane Bowles, Abdelwahab Meddeb, and Oscar Wilde, and invokes a wide range of ideas, including those of Theodor Adorno, Sigmund Freud, Jacques Lacan, Judith Butler, Jean Laplanche, and Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick.

Editorial Reviews

Inside Higher Ed

“Al-Kassim’s analysis could profitably be applied to much modernist and avant-garde writing. . . . It is already remarkably portable across decades and nations and movements. . . . This wide portability and the refreshingly readable prose of the book make On Pain of Speech an ideal text for courses on post-colonialism, Modernism, and avant-garde literatures at the advanced undergraduate level and beyond.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520259256
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
02/08/2010
Series:
FlashPoints Series
Pages:
306
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher
"Al-Kassim's analysis could profitably be applied to much modernist and avant-garde writing. . . . It is already remarkably portable across decades and nations and movements. . . . This wide portability and the refreshingly readable prose of the book make On Pain of Speech an ideal text for courses on post-colonialism, Modernism, and avant-garde literatures at the advanced undergraduate level and beyond."—
Inside Higher Ed

Meet the Author


Dina Al-Kassim is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews