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Read online The Uberreader: Selected Works.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The Uberreader: Selected Works 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early essays Finitude s Score previously uncollected interviews and essays and some of her most powerful published and unpublished talks An introduction by Diane Davis surveys Ronell s career and the critical response to it thus far With its combination of brevity and power this Ronell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 by Avital Ronell, Diane Davis

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The Uberreader: Selected Works
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Number of Pages:400
Category:Theory, Philosophy, Film, Novels
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Suspending the distinction between headline news and high theory Avital Ronell examines the diverse figures of finitude in our modernity war guerrilla video trauma TV AIDS music divorce sadism electronic tagging rumor Her essays address such questions as How do rumors kill How has video become the conscience of TV How have the police come to be everywhere even where they are not Is peace possible W riting to the community of those who have no community to those who have known the infiniteness of abandonment her work explores the possibility one possibility among many that this time we have gone too far One last word It is possible that we have gone too far This possibility has to be considered if we as a species as a history are going to get anywhere at all, Avital Ronell asks why there is no culture without drug culture She deals with the usual drugs and alcohol and their celebrities Freud s cocaine Baudelaire s hashish the Victorians laudanum and moves beyond them to addictions that are culturally accepted an insatiable appetite for romance novels for instance and romance itself or counterculture deeply saturated with drugs but such modern cultures needs 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 that danger seems to increase their appeal for millions If drugs are unnatural and addictive gasoline is a drug What is art but a kind of drug and what is art criticism but a kind of criticism of drugs and drug induced states Avital Ronell asks why there is no culture without drug culture cocaine Baudelaire s hashish the Victorians laudanum and moves beyond them to addictions that are culturally accepted an insatiable appetite for romance novels for instance and romance itself 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 that danger seems to increase their appeal for millions If drugs are unnatural and addictive gasoline is a drug What is art but a kind of drug and what is art criticism but a kind of criticism of drugs and drug induced states Gustave Flaubert s Madame Bovary takes up the problems of drugs and addiction in numerous ways which Ronnell unpacks and presents as examples of the safe and unsafe From Emma Bovary s romantic hallucinations to her suicide by arsenic she moves through this realistic novel constantly reaching for the unreal For Ronell Emma Bovary, Dictations will change not only the way we read Goethe but the way we read Rainer Nagele author of Reading after Freud Dictations treats the way in which Goethe continues to speak from beyond the grave not only in the texts of Kafka Nietzsche and Freud but also in the ventriloquised writings of the spiritualist Johann Peter Eckermann, Explores the fading empire of cognition modulating stupidity into idiocy puerility and the figure of the ridiculous philosopher instituted by Kant Drawing on a range of writers including Dostoevsky Schlegel Musil and Wordsworth this book investigates ignorance dumbfoundedness and the limits of reason