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Against Abstraction : Notes from an Ex-Latin Americanist / Alberto Moreiras.

Author/Creator:
Moreiras, Alberto, author., Author,
Publication:
Austin : University of Texas Press, [2021]
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De Gruyter University Press Library.
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Subjects:
Critical theory.
Deconstruction.
Political science -- Philosophy.
Sociology -- Philosophy.
Language:
In English.
System Details:
Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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Summary:
In 2015, members of the philosophy department at the University of Madrid conducted an interview with Alberto Moreiras for the university's digital archive. The resulting dialogues and the Spanish edition of this work, Marranismo e inscripción, o el abandono de la conciencia desdichada, are the basis for Against Abstraction, supplemented with an interview conducted for the Chilean journal Papel máquina. In these landmark conversations, Moreiras describes how, though he was initially committed to Latin American literary studies, he eventually transitioned to become an eminent scholar of critical theory, existential philosophy, and ultimately infrapolitics and posthegemony. Blending intellectual autobiography with a survey of Hispanism as practiced in universities in the United States (including the schisms in Latin American subaltern studies that eventually led to Moreiras's departure from Duke University), these narratives read like a picaresque and a polemic on the symbolic power of scholars. Drawing on the concept of marranism (originally a term for Iberian Jews and Muslims forced to convert to Christianity during the Middle Ages) to consider the situations and allegiances he has navigated over the years, Moreiras has produced a multifaceted self-portrait that will surely spark further discourse.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
A PRELIMINARY NOTE
INTRODUCTION
CHAPTER 1. Marranism and Inscript
CHAPTER 2. My Life at Z: A Theoretical Fiction
CHAPTER 3. The Fatality of (My) Subalternism
CHAPTER 4. May I Kill a Narco?
CHAPTER 5. The Turn of Deconstruction
CHAPTER 6. We Have Good Reasons for This (and They Keep Coming): Revolutionary Drive and Democratic Desire
CHAPTER 7. Time Out of Joint in Antonio Muñoz Molina's La noche de los tiempos and Todo lo que era sólido
CHAPTER 8. Ethos Daimon: The Improbable Imposture
CHAPTER 9. A Conversation Regarding the Notion of Infrapolitics, and a Few Other Things
Appendix. Marrano Religion: Javier Marías's Los enamoramientos, and the Literary Secret
NOTES
WORKS CITED
INDEX
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Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 30. Aug 2021)
Contributor:
De Gruyter.
ISBN:
9781477319840
Publisher Number:
10.7560/319826 doi
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Restricted for use by site license.