The Common Growl

9780823270910: Hardback
Release Date: 1st July 2016

9780823270927: Paperback
Release Date: 1st July 2016

9780823270941: PDF
Release Date: 1st July 2016

9780823270934: EPUB
Release Date: 1st July 2016

Dimensions: 152.4 x 228.6

Number of Pages: 216

Series Commonalities

Fordham University Press

The Common Growl

Toward a Poetics of Precarious Community

Written by
Thomas Claviez
Foreword by
Jean-Luc Nancy
An impressive collection bringing together contributions of renowned scholars on the topic of a "New Poetics of Community" that goes beyond both a romantic nostalgia for homogeneity and the myths of social engineering and rational choice.
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No longer able to read community in terms colored by a romantic nostalgia for homogeneity, closeness and sameness, or the myth of rational choice, we nevertheless face an imperative to think the common. The prominent scholars assembled here come together to articulate community while thinking seriously about the tropes, myths, narratives, metaphors, conceits, and shared cultural texts on which any such articulation depends. The result is a major contribution to literary theory, postcolonialism, philosophy, political theory, and sociology.

Thomas Claviez is Professor of Literary Theory at the University of Bern. He is the author of Grenzfälle: Mythos— Ideologie— American Studies (1998) and Aesthetics and Ethics: Otherness and Moral Imagination from Aristotle to Levinas and from “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” to “House Made of Dawn” (2008). He has published essays on pragmatism, ecology, American studies, American literature, ethics and aesthetics, and Native American literature. He is the editor of The Conditions of Hospitality: Ethics, Politics, and Aesthetics on the Threshold of the Possible (2013); the co- author of Zur Aktualität von Jacques Rancière (forthcoming 2015, with Dietmar Wetzel); and he is currently working on a monograph with the title The Metonymic Society: Toward a New Poetics of Community.

Jean-Luc Nancy is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the Université Marc Bloch, Strasbourg. His wide-ranging thought is developed in many books, including Expectation: Philosophy, Literature; The Possibility of a World; The Banality of Heidegger; The Disavowed Community; and, with Adèle Van Reeth, Coming (all Fordham).