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Being contemporary : French literature, culture, and politics today

Author: Lia Nicole Brozgal; Sara Kippur
Publisher: Liverpool : Liverpool University Press, 2016. ©2016
Series: Contemporary French and francophone cultures, 39.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Being Contemporary" is a volume of original essays by 23 preeminent scholars of French and Comparative literature, hailing from both sides of the Atlantic, in response to the editors' invitation to "think through the contemporary." The volume offers a sustained critical reflection on the contemporary as a concept, a category, a condition, and a set of relationships to others and to one's own time. Being  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lia Nicole Brozgal; Sara Kippur
ISBN: 9781781382639 1781382638
OCLC Number: 930797665
Description: xii, 411 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: Introduction : Being Contemporary, Then and Now / Lia Brozgal and Sara Kippur --
I. Conceptualizing the Contemporary. 1. Coping with Contemporariness / Henry Rousso --
2. Rethinking Periodization for the 'Now-Time' / Emily Apter --
3. (After) Conceptualism : Contemporaneity in Choreography / Carrie Noland --
II. Contemporary Politics and French Thought. 4. Identities in Flux / Régine Robin --
5. Paradoxes of Being Contemporary : Derrida and the Political / Lawrence D. Kritzman --
6. Of Sade, Blanchot, and the French Twentieth Century : Thoughts at Columbia / Jeffrey Mehlman --
7. Alain Badiou and Antisemitism / Maurice Samuels --
III. Second World War and Vichy : Present Perspectives. 8. What Does 'Vichy' Mean Now? / Richard J. Golsan --
9. Forces of Solidarity and Logics of Exclusion : The Role of Literary Institutions in Times of Crisis / Gisele Sapiro --
10. Narrative, Testimony, Fiction : The Challenge of Not Forgetting the Holocaust / Jakob Lothe --
11. 'Moral Witnessing?' An Israeli Perspective on Jonathan Littell's Les Bienveillantes / Sidra DeKoven Ezrahi --
12. From 'Never Forgetting' to 'Post-Remembering' and 'Co-Witnessing' : Memory Work for the Twenty-First Century / Irene Kacandes --
IV. Writing the Contemporary Self. 13. 'I' in the Plural : A New Writing of History / Annette Wieviorka --
14. Selves at Risk : Reading Susan Suleiman with Marc Augé, La Vie en double / Tom Conley --
15. Risking Who One Is, at the Risk of Thinking : On Writing an Intellectual Biography of Julia Kristeva / Alice Jardine --
16. 'La Connaissance par corps' : Writing and Self-Exposure in Annie Ernaux / Michael Sheringham --
V. Novel Rereadings. 17. Long Live Anachronism / Mieke Bal --
18. Colette's Côtelettes, or the Word Made Flesh / Janet Beizer --
19. Choices : Beckett's Way / Christie McDonald --
20. Making L'Etranger Contemporary : Kamel Daoud's Meursault, contre-enquete / Alice Kaplan --
VI. Memory : Past and Future. 21. Nest in the Air : Phantom Pain and Contemporary Narrative / Emmanuel Bouju --
22. Adrien and Marcel Proust : Fathering Neurasthenic Memory / Deborah Jenson --
23. Vulnerable Times / Marianne Hirsch.
Series Title: Contemporary French and francophone cultures, 39.
Responsibility: [edited by] Lia Brozgal and Sara Kippur.

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'As a book exploring how Susan Rubin Suleiman's thought continues to orient and inspire research in a number of disciplines, Being Contemporary is nothing short of excellent.'Lucas Hollister, French Read more...

 
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