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Reading as Democracy in Crisis: Interpretation, Theory, History explores the dialectic between historical conditions and the reading strategies that arise from them. Chapters covering Plato and Derrida; G.W.F. Hegel; Karl Marx; Ludwig Wittgenstein; Robert Penn Warren; Louise Rosenblatt; Theodor Adorno, Michel Foucault, and Jacques Derrida; Judith Butler; and Object Oriented Ontology and Digital Humanities provide overviews of and arguments about each subject’s thought in its historical contexts, suggesting how the reading strategies adopted in each case were in part motivated by specific historical circumstances. As the introduction explains, these circumstances often involved forms of democracy in crisis, so that the collection as a whole is an engagement with the dialectic between democracies that are perpetually in crisis and the seemingly unlimited freedom of our reading practices.

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ISBN-13: 9781498553865
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 04/26/2019
Pages: 198
Sales rank: 659,805
Product dimensions: 6.28(w) x 9.09(h) x 0.81(d)

About the Author

James Rovira is owner of Bright Futures Educational Consulting and founding president of the Anazoa Educational Project. He is former associate professor and English department chair at Mississippi College.

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by James Rovira

1. Democracy as Context for Theory: Plato and Derrida as Readers of Socrates

by James Rovira

2. Historian, Forgive Us: Study of the Past as Hegel’s Methodology of Faith

by Aglaia Maretta Venters

3. Karl Marx: The End of the Enlightenment

by Eric Hood

4. Ludwig Wittgenstein: Toward a Dialectical Pragmatism

by Steve Wexler

5. Robert Penn Warren: Poetry, Racism, and the Burden of History

by Cassandra Falke

6. Louise Rosenblatt: The Reader, Democracy, and the Ethics of Reading

by Meredith N. Sinclair

7. Aesthetic Theory: From Adorno to Cultural History

by Philip Goldstein

8. Judith Butler: A Livable Life

by Darcie Rives-East

9. Networking the Great Outdoors: Object-Oriented Ontology and the Digital Humanities

by Roger Whitson


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