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Public Culture (2020) 32 (2 (91)): 349–354.
Published: 01 May 2020
...Lorraine Daston; Sharon Marcus Undead Texts are books once assigned on every reading list, cited in countless books and articles, endlessly discussed and debated. Although the authors of these works wore their learning lightly, the Undead Texts were intellectually ambitious and formidably erudite...
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Public Culture (2020) 32 (2 (91)): 385–396.
Published: 01 May 2020
...Laurie L. Patton This article discusses the work of Mircea Eliade, especially Patterns in Comparative Religion , as an “Undead text.” Beginning with an analysis of Eliade’s work as it was understood in the 1980s, the author moves on to discuss the role of Patterns in the context of Eliade’s life...
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Public Culture (2020) 32 (2 (91)): 363–374.
Published: 01 May 2020
...Brooke Holmes This article nominates Bruno Snell’s Discovery of the Mind (1946; trans. 1953) as an Undead Text on the basis of three criteria. The article examines first the persistence of a Snellian story about the Greeks as the ancestors of modern Europe within the discipline of classics, before...
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Public Culture (2020) 32 (2 (91)): 375–383.
Published: 01 May 2020
...Sharon Marcus Undead texts are works that help to found fields only to find themselves eventually rejected by specialists and embraced by novices. Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex is an exemplary Undead text: hailed as a classic when it was first published in 1949, dismissed by many scholars...
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Public Culture (2020) 32 (2 (91)): 397–404.
Published: 01 May 2020
...Shamus Khan The classic “Undead text” of sociology is Erving Goffman’s The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life . This article argues that what helps make Presentation Undead is that its key point is obvious. Yet this is only the case after someone shows that point to you. Undead texts are ones...
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Public Culture (2020) 32 (2 (91)): 355–361.
Published: 01 May 2020
... work of Langer’s decades-long attempt to reinvent philosophy. And yet, precisely because the book possessed such remarkable crossover appeal for generations of nonspecialist readers, it has become a neglected Undead text. This article recovers its purpose and reception. Copyright 2020 by Duke...
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Public Culture (2020) 32 (2 (91)): 247–253.
Published: 01 May 2020
... taken as a fundamental feature of structure. It sidesteps, however, the elusive question of causality that continues to bedevil those interested in the mechanisms of change. This group of essays on Undead texts sets the stage for yet another life of and for Public Culture . We will continue...
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Public Culture (2020) 32 (2 (91)): 423–430.
Published: 01 May 2020
..., and to the other Undead texts that have a surprising gift for survival beyond their own time. According to Williams’s terms, we might well see his work today as residual, belonging to the moment of the New Left in Britain. But Marxism and Literature still ends up on reading lists because it keeps inviting...
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Public Culture (2020) 32 (2 (91)): 431–439.
Published: 01 May 2020
..., in stressing mediation, return orality and literacy to the concerns of Ong’s ostensible field: media studies. Copyright 2020 by Duke University Press 2020 orality literacy African American poetics mediation noise Undead texts provide grand narratives that have been refuted by experts while...
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Public Culture (2020) 32 (2 (91)): 441–448.
Published: 01 May 2020
... Undead texts, Anderson’s opened by noting its immediate worldly stimulus. It was the mournful spectacle of socialist patricide — the successive wars in Indochina — that had compelled him to grapple with the visceral force of nationalism. If this stimulus served as foreground it also led him, in a more...
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Public Culture (2020) 32 (3 (92)): 449–452.
Published: 01 September 2020
...Erica Robles-Anderson; Arjun Appadurai Copyright 2020 by Duke University Press 2020 I f the previous issue was haunted by the question of Undead Texts, the present one opens with zombie politics. As we write these words, the US Senate is hearing closing arguments in the impeachment trial...
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Public Culture (2020) 32 (2 (91)): 405–413.
Published: 01 May 2020
... changes in moral and political intuitions. Copyright 2020 by Duke University Press 2020 Undead Text Thomas S. Kuhn paradigm context history of science The date is March 25, 1962, and Thomas S. Kuhn (1922–96), nearly forty years old and recently promoted to professor of the history...
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Public Culture (2020) 32 (2 (91)): 415–422.
Published: 01 May 2020
... wholes and its search for human cultural universals—have become anathema to the field of anthropology in the decades following the book’s publication. Today, Purity and Danger is both classic and cast out, an exemplary Undead text. Still, Doug-las’s insights endure despite the book’s ambiguous status...
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Public Culture (2009) 21 (1): 77–100.
Published: 01 January 2009
... out on the cross. But because we read these texts, or listen to them, we know after the first hearing that Isaac is lifted off one stone and that God rolls back another. We cannot know otherwise. The second task we face, returning...
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Public Culture (2017) 29 (2 (82)): 235–260.
Published: 01 May 2017
..., uninfected human survivors must devise ways to live with—yet protected from—the contagious ruinedness of the undead. A “result of the translation of [the] exotic zombie from the colonial margins to the imperial centre” ( Luckhurst 2015a) , these modern-day monsters appear very different from their Haitian...
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Public Culture (2015) 27 (2 (76)): 387–405.
Published: 01 May 2015
... Century .” Journal of Homosexuality 46 , nos. 2 : 1 – 77 . Kideckel David A. 2004 . “ The Undead: Nicolae Ceausescu and Paternalist Politics in Romanian Society and Culture .” In Death of the Father: An Anthropology of the End in Political Authority , edited by John Borneman...
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Public Culture (2015) 27 (2 (76)): 361–386.
Published: 01 May 2015
... Ed . 2011 . “ The Paradoxical Politics of Viral Containment; or, How Scale Undoes Us One and All .” Social Text , no. 2 : 15 – 35 . Coombe Rosemary J. 1998 . The Cultural Life of Intellectual Properties: Authorship, Appropriation, and the Law . Durham, NC : Duke University Press...
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Public Culture (2022) 34 (2 (97)): 195–217.
Published: 01 May 2022
... sign of death so much as with a sign of (potentially) terminal indecision, suspension, risk? Indeed, such a positionality would entail not only a novel ethical value but also an instrumental, insurrectionary value. The taking in of the undead virus would instantiate what Monique Alleweart ( 2013...
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Public Culture (2008) 20 (3): 497–530.
Published: 01 September 2008
... and inscribed in Javanese script in the form of a faux ancient illuminated manuscript, presents a portrait of a werepig (cf. werewolf) — the originary ghost pig of Djokopekik’s childhood — in the linguistic idiom of the shadow-play puppe- teer. The text, whose script would be illegible to the overwhelming...