In the probing interviews in this vibrant new book, eminent scholars struggle with some of the most crucial issues facing contemporary intellectuals. Poststructuralist philosopher Judith Butler discusses the pain of rigorous intellectual work, saying that it is necessarily extremely hard labor, as she examines the intersection of discourse and political action. Award-winning filmmaker, philosopher, and social theorist David Theo Goldberg reviews his life s work, especially on issues of racism. Literary critic and feminist philosopher Avital Ronell sets out to disrupt the standard logic of signification, to force readers into fresh ways of perceiving a subject at hand. Postcolonial theorist Homi Bhabha discusses how critical literacy is intimately connected to the question of democratic representation, and he elaborates on how cultural difference can lead to a politics of discrimination. And neo-Marxist cultural critic Slavoj i ek takes readers on an exhilarating journey through a wide range of critical subjects."
Table of ContentsForeword: When the Darkness Comes and Hope Is Subversive Henry A. Giroux vii
Introduction Gary A. Olson Lynn Worsham 1
Changing the Subject: Judith Butler's Politics of Radical Resignification Gary A. Olson Lynn Worsham 5
On the State of Race Theory: A Conversation with David Theo Goldberg Susan Searls Giroux 43
Confessions of an Anacoluthon: Avital Ronell on Writing, Technology, Pedagogy, Politics D. Diane Davis 89
Staging the Politics of Difference: Homi Bhabha's Critical Literacy Gary A. Olson Lynn Worsham 127
Slavoj Zizek: Philosopher, Cultural Critic, and Cyber-Communist Gary A. Olson Lynn Worsham 161