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boundary 2 (2011) 38 (2): 207–227.
Published: 01 May 2011
... All translations in this essay are my own. Intervention Better City, Better Life Better City There was a popular expression, in Shanghai anyway, that went “Miss the expo and you’ll regret it for life. Go...
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boundary 2 (2011) 38 (2): 1–38.
Published: 01 May 2011
...Wolfgang Fritz Haug Haug pursues two objectives in this essay. First, he wants to develop a better understanding of the global conflicts at the beginning of the twenty-first century. To reach that understanding, it is, he argues, necessary to get beyond the crude empiricist language...
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boundary 2 (2016) 43 (3): 133–157.
Published: 01 August 2016
... it a better way—that there could be nobody but the people of the camp to conceive Lenin. Only when “born to them,” Lenin could grow into the particular militancy and need of the camps to say the world in a totally new—the only appropriate—code. © 2016 by Duke University Press 2016 camp translation...
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boundary 2 (2013) 40 (1): 55–76.
Published: 01 February 2013
...Bruce Robbins The post in postsecular assumes the prior existence of secularism as a dominant social sensibility that can and should be superseded. Taking as its point of departure the fact that, for better or worse, secularism has never enjoyed such a hegemonic status in the United States, where...
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boundary 2 (2014) 41 (3): 1–25.
Published: 01 August 2014
... to definitive meanings and exact differences. The more open conventions of theory present a better model for this task of description and analysis. A historical account of the unstable associations of terror reveals how limiting and how aggressively polemical the post-9/11 anglophone attributions of terror have...
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boundary 2 (2015) 42 (2): 85–104.
Published: 01 May 2015
... the question of the pharmakon insofar as they are made manifest through hypomnemata , or pharmacological artificial memory supports. In order to better situate the political and ethical stakes of Stiegler’s thought of (de)proletarianization, the remainder of the essay reads several of Stiegler’s models...
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boundary 2 (2018) 45 (2): 1–10.
Published: 01 May 2018
..., scholars often do not ask whether this multifaceted student activism had any effect on his later thought and writing. This dossier proposes to investigate the early writings on youth and educational reform and their discernible afterlife in the better known historical-materialist phase of Benjamin’s career...
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boundary 2 (2018) 45 (4): 13–40.
Published: 01 November 2018
... principle of his writing is one of attachment to finite life, which is all the more profound because it remains faithful to the ambivalence of any attachment. The task is to “own” that this is the only life we have—for better and for worse—rather than seeking to leave this life behind. Copyright © 2018...
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boundary 2 (2019) 46 (2): 19–71.
Published: 01 May 2019
... for building a genuine democracy, and for opposing and working against capitalism in its current form? To what extent can anarchism be a resource in constructing new “universals” that are attentive to and open to difference? Building a new society from the bottom up offers the best prospects for a better...
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boundary 2 (2020) 47 (1): 43–64.
Published: 01 February 2020
...Robyn Marasco This essay borrows the term “womanly nihilism” from an antifeminist misreading of Simone de Beauvoir in order to better understand her politics and philosophy and rethink her legacy for contemporary feminism. Through a close reading of The Ethics of Ambiguity and key chapters from...
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boundary 2 (2021) 48 (1): 49–63.
Published: 01 February 2021
... of the ultimately nonfinalizable character of immediate outcomes as it “gestures toward eternity” (Benjamin) can help humans address contemporary crises while preserving the hope of a better world. Copyright © 2021 Duke University Press 2021 translation translatability difference critique...
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boundary 2 (2021) 48 (2): 59–87.
Published: 01 May 2021
...- and disorientations might that positioning require? Which nineteenth-century filiations does Cavafy carry over into his modernism? Is courage rather than contemporaneity a better guide in these orienteering exercises? This essay fleshes out these questions, asks a few more in the process, and attempts a set...
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boundary 2 (2021) 48 (2): 89–121.
Published: 01 May 2021
...Alexander Kazamias This essay provides an alternative reading of modern Alexandria's social and cultural history as a basis for a better contextualization of Cavafy's poetry. It revisits the watershed year 1882, which marks the city's destruction after its bombardment by the British fleet, using...
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boundary 2 (2023) 50 (1): 13–67.
Published: 01 February 2023
.... While Trump's illiberal pronouncements and actions do indeed bear a resemblance to the political behavior of European fascists, the Americanness of Trump's conquest disposition might be better understood as his resurrection of an archaic variant of liberalism practiced by American settler colonists...
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boundary 2 (2023) 50 (2): 195–210.
Published: 01 May 2023
... behalf. As Small conceives norms, they are vulnerable to cynicism because they are stranded and without immanent grounding. Turning to Henry James's novel The Awkward Age , this essay shows how cynicism can be answered not by pointing to better intentions, but only by what we discover retrospectively...
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boundary 2 (2021) 48 (3): 191–213.
Published: 01 August 2021
... movement—better known as the indignados , or 15M, movement and its political derivatives, such as municipal platforms, the “mareas,” and Podemos—and second, the Catalan pro-independence movement. Finally, based on Carl Schmitt's political theology, I study the Spanish State's reaction beginning in 2017...
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boundary 2 (2023) 50 (4): 1–27.
Published: 01 November 2023
... of the generation older than him. In the course of the interview, Joris discusses his sense of a nomadic community—or perhaps better to say “negative” or “inoperable” community. Throughout, he comes back to his commitments to writing poetry and to translation as the core the practice of poetry...
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boundary 2 (2000) 27 (2): 73–81.
Published: 01 May 2000
... do you consign us to uncertainty or to abjection? 6. Baal Shem Tov Disguised as Vampire (Rondo) BST: Is allegory better than symbolism? WB:No...
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boundary 2 (2008) 35 (3): 251–262.
Published: 01 August 2008
..., the elision of the clumsiness and false starts that characterize living in time. Praising this poem as major, that one as embarrassingly minor; asking if he got better or worse—all of this is to evade the issues raised by Creeley’s some sixty-year commitment to poetry as a medium for tracking...
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boundary 2 (2013) 40 (2): 9–23.
Published: 01 May 2013
... up which suggests that there is something immanent to literature as such that does a better job of capturing the “reality of complex moral situations” than either history or philosophy is prepared to do.4 Williams’s question has, that is, very frequently been taken as a rhe- torical one...