Thinking Difference: Critics in Conversation

Thinking Difference: Critics in Conversation

by Julian Wolfreys


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"Difference" has been a term of choice in the humanities for the last few decades, animating an extraordinary variety of work in philosophy, literary studies, religion, law, the social sciences-indeed, in virtually every area of the academy.

In projects ranging from deconstructive readings of canonical texts to a radical rethinking of the sacred, "difference" has been the node around which theorists have explored questions of conflict, power, identity, meaning, and knowledge itself in postmodern culture. At this point, what difference does "difference" make?

In this imaginatively conceived book, Julian Wolfreys talks to thirteen leading scholars about the place of "difference" in their own work, in their own fields, and in their teaching. How has intellectual engagement with difference-its celebration of otherness and opposition, whether in a work of art or in world politics-shaped teaching, reading, and writing in today's colleges and universities? And at a time when identity politics and cultural critique have been institutionalized by the academy, has "difference" been domesticated?

Personal and revealing, these conversations come together as a kind of collective self-portrait of the humanities at one of its important junctures. Thinking Difference offers provocative reflections on what ideas and practices will drive the next generation of critical thinking.

Here are original conversations on the career of a key concept with:
Nicholas Royle, Derek Attridge, Peggy Kamuf, Avital Ronell, Arkady Plotnitsky,
John P. Leavey, Jr., Mary Ann Caws, Jonathan Culler, Gregory L. Ulmer, J. Hillis Miller, John D. Caputo, Kevin Hart, and Werner Hamacher

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780823223084
Publisher: Fordham University Press
Publication date: 05/18/2004
Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy , #35
Edition description: 2
Pages: 199
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Julian Wolfreys is Professor of English at the University of Florida. His other books include, most recently, Victorian Hauntings: Spectrality, Haunting, the Gothic, and the Uncanny in Literature.

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