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by Jeffrey Nealon

Category: History and Criticism
Subcategory: Fiction
Author: Jeffrey Nealon
ISBN: 0822321254
ISBN13: 978-0822321255
Language: English
Publisher: Duke University Press Books (October 19, 1998)
Pages: 224
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Alterity Politics book. In conventional identity politics subjective differences are understood.

Realist and liberal understandings of ethics as the dominant approaches to ethics in international relations are unable to respond efficiently to the call of the other in the age of war against terrorism as they revolve around the needs and the interests of the self.

Duke University Press (1998). Realist and liberal understandings of ethics as the dominant approaches to ethics in international relations are unable to respond efficiently to the call of the other in the age of war against terrorism as they revolve around the needs and the interests of the self. Such self-centred understandings of ethics cannot respond to the other ethically and respect the other in its otherness ) the possibilities of concrete non-violent responses to the other in the age of war against t. .

In conventional identity politics subjective differences are understood negatively, as gaps to be overcome, as lacks of sameness, as evidence of failed or incomplete unity. In Alterity Politics Jeffrey T. Nealon argues instead for a concrete and ethical understanding of community, one that requires response, action, and performance instead of passive resentment and unproductive mourning for a whole that cannot be attained

He is the author of Double Reading: Postmodernism after Deconstruction (1993), Alterity Politics: Ethics and Performative Subjectivity (1998), The Theory Toolbox (2003), and Foucault Beyond Foucault: Power and Its Intensifications since 1984 (Stanford, 2008). Nealon's periodizing work certainly contributes to the field of postwar literary and cultural studies.

Jeffery Nealon, in Alterity Politics: Ethics and Performative Subjectivity, argues that "ethics is constituted as an inexorable affirmative response to different identities, not through an inability to understand or totalize the other

Jeffery Nealon, in Alterity Politics: Ethics and Performative Subjectivity, argues that "ethics is constituted as an inexorable affirmative response to different identities, not through an inability to understand or totalize the other. There is included a long article on alterity in the University of Chicago's Theories of Media: Keywords Glossary by Joshua Wexler

Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English and Philosophy.

Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English and Philosophy. 319 Burrowes Building. Mailroom: 430 Burrowes Building University Park, PA 16802.

Nealon, Jeffrey (1998) Alterity Politics: Ethics and Performative Subjectivity. Duke University Press. Strong, Pauline Turner (1999) Captive Selves, Captivating Others: The Politics and Poetics of Colonial American Captivity Narratives. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, .

Alterity Politics: Ethics and Performative Subjectivity

Alterity Politics: Ethics and Performative Subjectivity. Durham: Duke UP, 1998. xiii + 172. Ethics, it seems, is all the rage. Since the mid-eighties, when books like J. Hillis Miller's The Ethics of Reading (1987) and Wayne. While Nealon argues for ethics as a performative response to alterity, calling for a "site-specific 'drift' that is necessary to the outward, affirmative movement of responsibility," Harpham claims that the "intimate and dynamic engagement with otherness" which is "the key to the kingdom of ethics" ultimately demands that we also "learn to imagine the center.

Jeffrey T. Nealon teaches in the English department at Penn State University. Susan Searls Giroux has a joint appointment in the English department and the College of Education at Penn State University

Jeffrey Nealon has have published widely on contemporary literary and cultural theory, in journals including Critical .

Jeffrey Nealon has have published widely on contemporary literary and cultural theory, in journals including Critical Inquiry, Cultural Critique, PMLA, Modern Fiction Studies, SAQ, and Postmodern Culture.

In conventional identity politics subjective differences are understood negatively, as gaps to be overcome, as lacks of sameness, as evidence of failed or incomplete unity. In Alterity Politics Jeffrey T. Nealon argues instead for a concrete and ethical understanding of community, one that requires response, action, and performance instead of passive resentment and unproductive mourning for a whole that cannot be attained.

While discussing the work of others who have refused to thematize difference in terms of the possibility or impossibility of sameness—Levinas, Butler, Derrida, Foucault, Deleuze, Guattari, Zizek, Jameson, Heidegger, Bakhtin—Nealon argues that ethics is constituted as inexorable affirmative response to different identities, not through an inability to understand or totalize the other. Alterity Politics combines this theoretical itinerary with crucial discussions of specific and diverse sites of literary and cultural production—the work of William S. Burroughs, Amiri Baraka, Andy Warhol, Ishmael Reed, Rush Limbaugh, and Vincent Van Gogh—along with analyses of the social formation of subjects as found in identity politics, and in multicultural and whiteness studies. In the process, Nealon takes on a wide variety of issues including white male anger, the ethical questions raised by drug addiction, the nature of literary meaning, and the concept of “becoming-black.”

In seeking to build an ethical structure around poststructuralist discourse and to revitalize the applied use of theoretical concepts to notions of performative identity, Alterity Politics marks a decisive intervention in literary theory, cultural studies, twentieth-century philosophy, and performance studies.

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