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boundary 2 (2017) 44 (4): 57–75.
Published: 01 November 2017
...Gil Anidjar When he refers to civil war as “self-laceration,” Carl Schmitt evokes a strange figure, whereby the state could be bound for self-destruction. In this essay, I am less interested in civil war than in the conception of a state as suicidal. What could that even mean? What could be gained...
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boundary 2 (2018) 45 (2): 139–156.
Published: 01 May 2018
... models; and (3) toys, the primary material of children’s learning through play, types of tools, which Benjamin interprets in their relation to waste, debris, and destruction. Out of all these a revolutionary pedagogy of creative destruction emerges, one which proposes rebuilding the broken self...
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boundary 2 (2015) 42 (1): 67–85.
Published: 01 February 2015
... critical understanding of imperial reason and his particular adaptation of Martin Heidegger’s destructive hermeneutics to the historical narrative informing humanism, the modern university, and the profession, are among his main contributions to contemporary criticism. Each of his interventions has been...
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boundary 2 (2010) 37 (3): 101–122.
Published: 01 August 2010
...-destructive or “archiviolithic” impulse. In Derrida's model, this negativity is the consequence of repetition, which is the archive's raison d'être, and which is linked in turn to the Freudian death drive. This essay explores a poetics of archival destruction in a range of texts. Concentrating specifically...
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boundary 2 (2012) 39 (3): 125–149.
Published: 01 August 2012
... the relative disappearance of the discourse of Mutually Assured Destruction. Through recursively inverting what he called postmodern metafiction’s “Armageddon-explosion,” I argue that Wallace attempts to articulate an anti-eschatological imagination capable of attending to the second nuclear age. Paying...
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boundary 2 (2017) 44 (4): 113–140.
Published: 01 November 2017
...Howard Eiland This article analyzes Benjamin's enigmatic essay of 1921, “Critique of Violence,” together with related fragmentary writings from the postwar period (including the “Theological-Political Fragment”) and, from 1931, “The Destructive Character.” Benjamin's deconstruction of violence...
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boundary 2 (2018) 45 (2): 63–86.
Published: 01 May 2018
... and servitude, intentional continuity and unintentional deviation, as his starting point to perform a dialectical reversal at the heart of these oppositions. This critico-destructive move makes room for new pedagogical constructions beyond the confines of bourgeois pedagogy. Drawing on his later anthropological...
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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 (2017) 44 (2): 187–212.
Published: 01 May 2017
... politicotemporal imaginaries: a stagnant time of political repetition—associated here with a Weberian rationalization and disenchantment of the world—and an anarchic time of disorienting economic growth—the volatile temporality of capitalist creative destruction, here captured by Paul Valéry's notion...
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boundary 2 (2014) 41 (3): 55–91.
Published: 01 August 2014
...-party system. While misinformation is merely a mistake in reportage that is typically retracted in the next day’s news or a distortion of the truth, conscious (spin) or unconscious, for particular ends, such as the Bush administration’s fiction of “weapons of mass destruction,” Disinformation is a deep...
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boundary 2 (2015) 42 (1): 19–41.
Published: 01 February 2015
... and the resulting instrumental and mechanistic tendencies of twentieth-century life. Adorno’s fractured and aphoristic Minima Moralia is a reflection on the “damaged” nature of exilic existence; Spanos’s In the Neighborhood of Zero decries the massive destructive potential, on both global and personal levels...
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boundary 2 (2015) 42 (1): 87–114.
Published: 01 February 2015
.... Spanos: his experiences as an American POW during the Dresden firebombing, his introduction of Martin Heidegger’s destructive/projective hermeneutics into the American academy in the 1970s, and his translation of these personal and scholarly commitments into pedagogical theory and practice. After...
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boundary 2 (2017) 44 (1): 213–237.
Published: 01 February 2017
...Claire Colebrook Bernard Stiegler's corpus is at once a diagnosis of the human organism's capacities and incapacities in relation to technè at the same time as it couples this organology with the refusal and affirmation of a properly human technological life. His work is at once destructive of any...
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boundary 2 (2009) 36 (2): 155–175.
Published: 01 May 2009
...Sara Guyer The genocide memorials in Rwanda that preserve and expose the bones of the dead, including Nyamata, Nyarubuye, and Murambi, reflect a complex, unstable distinction between the commemoration of the destruction of a population (genocide) and the commemoration of death in general...
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boundary 2 (2015) 42 (3): 157–170.
Published: 01 August 2015
... is happening in the molecular experiences arising between infrastructures in Tokyo: not the destruction of everyday life but its ongoing transformation into anti-production. © 2015 by Duke University Press 2015 broadcast television commuter networks mobile phones anime infrastructure Living...
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boundary 2 (2015) 42 (4): 159–185.
Published: 01 November 2015
... political context, as the violence of law to fur- ther its ends, proceeds, by way of critique, to the mythical violence under- lying it, and ultimately to a more original notion of divine violence, which, while assuming destruction in the world, would be neither its cause nor its reason.2 Whether...
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boundary 2 (2015) 42 (1): 217–233.
Published: 01 February 2015
...] and The Exceptionalist State and the State of Excep- tion: Herman Melville’s “Billy Budd, Sailor” [2009 or as an explicit topic of analysis (in Heidegger and Criticism: Retrieving the Cultural Politics of Destruction [1993], The Errant Art of “Moby-Dick The Canon, the Cold War, and the Struggle for American...
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boundary 2 (2018) 45 (2): 35–62.
Published: 01 May 2018
...). In an important and characteristic development, Nietzsche makes clear that these two destructive tendencies find their perfect combination in journalism. Since journalism is defined by its devotion to the present—the reproduction of the timely or fashionable aspects of the day (jour)—it radi- cally...
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boundary 2 (2015) 42 (1): 43–65.
Published: 01 February 2015
... unfailingly each time Bill and Edward met. Said, Spanos says, “was never sympathetic with my obsession with Heidegger’s destructive ontology, nor was I entirely sympathetic with his overdetermination of politics at the expense of theory.” Said would ask, ‘“Dear Bill, you’re a good critic, but why do...
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boundary 2 (2013) 40 (3): 1–38.
Published: 01 August 2013
... and of ours. Can ethnology take into account not the reality (the reality of the sav- age, the reality of his existence and of his singular speech) but the meta- reality that is the destruction of reality (which is, let us be clear, the destruc- 12 boundary 2 / Fall 2013 tion of the savage...