The charge of "Ressentiment" can in today's world – less from traditionally conservative quarters than from the neo-positivist discourses of particular forms of liberalism – be used to undermine the argumentative credibility of political opponents, dissidents, and those who call for greater "justice." The essays in this volume draw on the broad spectrum of cultural discourse on "Ressentiment," both in historical and contemporary contexts. Starting with its conceptual genesis, the essays also show contemporary nuances of "Ressentiment" as well as its influence on aesthetic and literary discourse in the 20th century.
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About the Author
Jeanne Riou lectures in German Studies at University College Dublin. Her research interests include Continental, especially German Philosophy, Intellectual History, and German Literature of the Modernist and Romantic periods.
Mary Gallagher lectures in French and Francophone Studies at University College Dublin. Her research interests include post-colonial and migrant writing in French and the poet(h)ics of globalization.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Towards a History of Ressentiment Jeanne Riou 1
Introduction: The Critical Focus of Re-thinking Ressentiment Mary Gallagher 24
The Question of Resentment In Western and Confucian Philosophy Eric S. Nelson 33
Ressentiment as Moral Imperative: Jean Améry's Nietzschean Revaluation of Victim Morality Victoria Fareld 53
Ressentiment beyond Nietzsche and Améry: H. G. Adler between Literary Ressentiment and Divine Grace Helen Finch 71
Contagion Jeanne Riou 87
Contemporary media coverage of protest movements in Germany and the charge of Ressentiment, with particular focus on "Stuttgart 21" Caroline Mannweiler 115
Specular Ressentiment San-Antonio, or the Art of Faking Resentment Dominique Jeannerod 133
Criticism or Ressentiment? Literary Studies and the Politics of Interdisciplinary Christine A. Knoop 149
Ressentiment and Dissensus: The Place of Critique in the Contemporary Academy Mary Gallagher 167
About the Authors 207
Index of Names 209