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Arts of dying: lit­er­a­ture and fini­tude in medieval Eng­land
BuchcoverPeo­ple in the Mid­dle Ages had chantry chapels, mor­tu­ary rolls, the dai­ly obser­vance of the Office of the Dead, and even purgatory—but they were still unable to talk about death. Their inabil­i­ty wasn’t due to reli­gion, but phi­los­o­phy: say­ing some­one is dead is non­sense, as the per­son no longer is. The one thing that can talk about some­thing that is not, as D. Vance Smith shows in this inno­v­a­tive, provoca­tive book, is lit­er­a­ture.
Cov­er­ing the emer­gence of Eng­lish lit­er­a­ture from the Old Eng­lish to the late medieval peri­ods, Arts of Dying argues that the prob­lem of how to des­ig­nate death pro­duced a long tra­di­tion of lit­er­a­ture about dying, which con­tin­ues in the work of Hei­deg­ger, Blan­chot, and Gillian Rose. Philosophy’s attempt to des­ig­nate death’s impos­si­bil­i­ty is part of a lit­er­a­ture that imag­ines a rela­tion­ship with death, a lit­er­a­ture that inten­sive­ly and self-reflex­ive­ly sup­pos­es that its very terms might solve the prob­lem of the ter­mi­na­tion of life. A lyri­cal and ele­giac explo­ration that com­bines medieval work on the phi­los­o­phy of lan­guage with con­tem­po­rary the­o­riz­ing on death and dying, Arts of Dying is an impor­tant con­tri­bu­tion to medieval stud­ies, lit­er­ary crit­i­cism, phe­nom­e­nol­o­gy, and con­ti­nen­tal phi­los­o­phy.
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Absent rebels: crit­i­cism and net­work pow­er in 21st cen­tu­ry dystopi­an fic­tion
BuchcoverFinan­cial crises, the Covid-19 pan­dem­ic, and the ongo­ing cli­mate cat­a­stro­phe – reg­u­lar­ly, it seems, the 21st cen­tu­ry is hit by exis­ten­tial threats. One effect of this cri­sis-prone­ness of our present is a renais­sance of dystopi­an think­ing: Dystopia is back on the best­seller lists around the globe.
Absent Rebels: Crit­i­cism and Net­work Pow­er in 21st Cen­tu­ry Dystopi­an Fic­tion focus­es on the com­plex rela­tion­ship between dystopia, net­work pow­er and neolib­er­al­ism. It explains why rebel­lion against a dystopi­an sys­tem is absent in many con­tem­po­rary dystopias and how we erect dystopias although we have only the best of inten­tions. Based on the con­vic­tion, that we can start to build a bet­ter world by avoid­ing the mis­takes of our past and present, this analy­sis also aims to help read­ers under­stand mod­ern pow­er mech­a­nisms and explains how to over­come them in our own dai­ly lives.
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