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Fredric Jameson, The Antinomies of Realism

(London: Verso, 2014) Jameson’s The Antinomies of Realism is primarily concerned with questions of literary form, yet the readings it offers invite rethinking the politics of the novel—and how the novel might be political. Does the 19th-century bourgeois novel represent … Continue reading

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Craig J. Peariso, Radical Theatrics: Put-Ons, Politics, and the Sixties

(Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2014) The 1960s and early ‘70s were characterized in the US and internationally by radical anti-systemic movements for black liberation, LGBT rights, an end to the Vietnam War, women’s liberation, protection of the ecosystem, and … Continue reading

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Seyed Javad Miri, ed. Orientalism: A Eurocentric Vision of the ‘Other’

(London: International Peace Studies Press, 2013) 2013 marked 35 years since the initial publication of Edward Said’s Orientalism. For anyone who might be tempted to think that three-and-a-half decades of debate, critique, interrogation, and efforts at transformation have sufficed to … Continue reading

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David Lansky, The Cutting Edge

(Xlibris, 2013). The Cutting Edge is a satirical novel about college life. The main character, a sociology professor, is especially concerned with problems associated with teaching sociology – including its seemingly abstract language and the fact that students who take … Continue reading

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Frank Rosengarten, Through Partisan Eyes: My Friendships, Literary Education, and Encounters in Italy, 1956-2013

(Florence: Florence University Press, 2014) Frank Rosengarten was a truly remarkable man—an intellectual in the broadest sense of the word. A specialist in Italian studies, he not only had a distinguished academic career, but also made important contributions to the … Continue reading

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Beyond Resistance: Arundhati Roy and the Rhetoric of Anti-Capitalism

Arundhati Roy, Capitalism: A Ghost Story, Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2013. For more than a decade, Arundhati Roy has been on the front lines of struggle against capitalist globalization, imperialist war, military occupation, and emergent forms of ultra-nationalism, especially as it … Continue reading

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Debating New Democratic Experiences of Andean Governments on Their Own Terms

By Fabricio Pereira da Silva The new approaches to democracy formulated in Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador have often been hastily condemned, based on hegemonic “elitist” or “procedural” approaches to democratic theory. A counter-hegemonic approach based on participatory theories of democracy … Continue reading

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ibn Kenyatta, poems for an imperiled world

(Xlibris, 2014) This slender but tensile volume of twenty-five poems contains “passionate songs” sung from “above and beyond the blues / but still underneath the top heap / of the bottom dung.” Kenyatta, prisoner No. 74A3701, incarcerated for over four … Continue reading

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Frederic Jameson, Valences of the Dialectic

(London: Verso, 2010) Over the course of a nearly fifty year career, Frederic Jameson has maintained his devotion to dialectical thinking in the face of rejections of Hegelianism and Soviet-style Marxism from the Left and Right. Perhaps because of this, … Continue reading

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Lawrence J. Friedman, The Lives of Erich Fromm – Love’s Prophet

(New York: Columbia University Press, 2013) This well written and meticulously researched biography of Erich Fromm is organized around three leading themes. One of these is the multi-faceted role Fromm played as a social critic and public intellectual throughout his … Continue reading

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