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Ronell, Avital

Works: 11 works in 62 publications in 3 languages and 3,988 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Biography  Exhibition catalogs  Catalogs 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PN56.A87, 809.93353
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works about Avital Ronell
Most widely held works by Avital Ronell
Loser sons politics and authority by Avital Ronell( )
5 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 902 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"There are sons who grow up unhappily believing that no matter what they do, they cannot please their fathers. Often unable to shed their sense of lifelong failure, either they give up and suffer in a permanent sulk, or they try with all their might to prove they are worth something after all. These are the "loser sons," a group of historical men as varied as President George W. Bush, Osama bin Laden, and Mohammed Atta. Their names quickly illustrate that not only are their problems serious, but they also make serious problems for others, expanding to whole nations. When God is conceived and inculcated as an angry and impossible-to-please father, the problems can last for generations. In Loser Sons, Avital Ronell draws on current philosophy, literary history, and political events to confront the grim fact that divested boys become terrifying men. This would be old news if the problem didn't recur so often with such disastrous consequences. Looking beyond our current moment, she interrogates the problems of authority, paternal fantasy, and childhood as they have been explored and exemplified by Franz Kafka, Goethe's Faust, Benjamin Franklin, Jean-François Lyotard, Hannah Arendt, Alexandre Kojève, and Immanuel Kant. Brilliantly weaving these threads into a polyvocal discourse, Ronell shows how, with their arrays of powerful symbols, ideologies of all sorts perpetuate the theme that while childhood represents innocence, adulthood entails responsible cruelty. The need for suffering--preferably somebody else's--has become a widespread assumption, not only justifying abuses of authority, but justifying authority itself. Shockingly honest, Loser Sons recognizes that focusing on the spectacular catastrophes of modernity might make writer and reader feel they're engaged in something important, while in fact what they are engaged in is still only spectacle. To understand the implications of her insights, Ronell addresses them directly to her readers, challenging them to think through their own notions of authority and their responses to it."--Publisher's website
The ÜberReader selected works of Avital Ronell by Avital Ronell( )
9 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 860 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
For twenty years, Avital Ronell has stood at the forefront of the confrontation between literary study and European philosophy. She has tirelessly investigated the impact of technology on thinking and writing, with groundbreaking work on Heidegger, dependency and drug rhetoric, intelligence and artificial intelligence, and the obsession with testing. Admired for her insights and breadth of field, she has attracted a wide readership by writing with guts, candour, and wit. Coyly alluding to Nietzsche's gay science, The UberReader presents a solid introduction to Avital Ronell's later oeuvre. It includes at least one selection from each of her books, two classic selections from a collection of her early essays (Finitude's Score), previously uncollected interviews and essays, and some of her most powerful published and unpublished talks. An introduction by Diane Davis surveys Ronell's career and the critical response to it thus far. With its combination of brevity and power, this Ronell primer will be immensely useful to scholars, students, and teachers throughout the humanities, but particularly to graduate and undergraduate courses in contemporary theory
Crack wars : literature, addiction, mania by Avital Ronell( Book )
10 editions published between 1992 and 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 425 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"It is a commonplace of modern culture to presume that there is a subculture or counterculture deeply saturated with drugs, but such modern cultures need subcultures, and need drugs on every level. Culture defines itself, its classes, its power structures, and its economy in terms of how it allows and encourages drugs to circulate. If drugs are dangerous and belong to a thinking of the death drive, that danger seems to increase their appeal for millions. Where do the mind-altering effects of drugs begin? What is art but a kind of drug, a source as Baudelaire and Benjamin state of intoxicated destructuring? On a political scale, Ronell investigates how the so-called drug culture has become the perverted site for state-sanctioned ethnocide."
Dictations : on haunted writing by Avital Ronell( Book )
16 editions published between 1986 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 383 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
On Goethe, including critique of Eckermann's "Gesprache mit Goethe."
Finitude's score : essays for the end of the millennium by Avital Ronell( Book )
7 editions published between 1994 and 1998 in English and held by 251 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
1993 biennial exhibition by Whitney Museum of American Art( Book )
1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 164 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Der Goethe-Effekt : Goethe, Eckermann, Freud by Avital Ronell( Book )
6 editions published in 1994 in German and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Addict : fixions et narcotextes by Avital Ronell( Book )
1 edition published in 2009 in French and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
13 alumni artists ( Book )
1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
On violence ( Book )
1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Audience Level
Audience Level
  Kids General Special  
Audience level: 0.61 (from 0.47 for Der Goethe ... to 0.82 for Dictations ...)
Alternative Names
רונאל, אביטל
English (52)
German (6)
French (1)