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Glossalalia - An Alphabet of Critical Keywords

Edited by Julian Wolfreys

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£36.00

Although alphabetically arranged, Glossalalia - An Alphabet of Critical Keywordsis not a conventional glossary or dictionary. It is an agenda-setting volume which speculates on the state of theory in the twenty-first century.

26 newly commissioned essays provide distinct, original sometimes playful or unusual definitions of theoretical keywords - both unexpected terms as well as words well-established in the critical canon:

  • Animality
  • Biotechnologies
  • Chora
  • Difference
  • Event
  • Flirting
  • Genetics
  • Hypertext
  • I
  • Jouissance
  • Knowledge
  • Love
  • Music
  • Nation
  • Origins
  • Poetics
  • Quilting
  • Reification
  • Schizoanalysis
  • Tele-techno-theology
  • Universals
  • Visuality
  • Wit
  • X
  • Yarn
  • Zero

The volume invites the reader to engage with and enjoy theory, to seek out connections and become aware of the process of critical thinking.

Anyone with theoretical interests in the humanities and in the future possibilities of theory will be delighted and intrigued by this volume.

Contents

Foreword: the alpahbetic body
Brian Rotman, Ohio State University
Animality
Frederick Young, University of Florida
Biotechnologies
Christopher Johnson, Keele University
Chora
Gregory Ulmer, University of Florida
Difference
Arkady Plotnitsky, Director, Theory and Cultural Studies Program, Purdue University
Event
Julian Wolfreys, University of Southern California
Flirting
Ruth Robbins, Nene College
Genetics
Stephanie Smith, University of Florida
Hypertext
Terry Harpold, Department of English, University of Florida
I
Thomas Pepper, University of Minnesota
Jouissance
Juliet Flower MacCannell, University of California, Irvine
Knowledge
Margaret Russett, University of Southern California
Love
Daniel Cottom, University of Idaho
Music
Simon Critchley, Essex University
Nation
John Brannigan, Queen's, Belfast
Origins
Julian Wolfreys
Poetics
Geoff Ward, University of Dundee
Quilting
John P. Leavey, Jr., University of Florida
Reification
Silvia Lopez, Carleton College, Minnesota
Schizoanalysis
Tamsin Lorraine, Swarthmore College
Tele-techno-theology
Martin McQuillan, Staffordshire University
Universals
Mark Currie, University of Westminster
Visuality
Steven Ungar, University of Iowa
Wit
Drew Milne, Cambridge University
X
Tom Conley, Harvard University
Yarn
Valentine Cunningham, Oxford University
Zero
J Hillis Miller, University of California, Irvine
Notes on Contributors.

About the Author

Julian Wolfeys is Professor of English Literature at the University of Portsmouth, where he is also Director of the Centre for Studies in LIterature. He is author and editor of more than 40 books on nineteenth- and twentieth-century English literature and literary theory. Most recently he has published Dickens’s London and The Derrida Wordbook, both with Edinburgh University Press. He recently published his first novel, Silent Music.

Reviews

I find myself really curious about Wolfreys’s Glossalalia - An Alphabet of Critical Keywords . The topics are so diverse and so tantalizing (Flirting! Yarn! X!). The attraction of essays approaching the large topic of theory from such slightly offbeat perspectives is immense. Wolfreys has assembled an impressive collection of collaborators from both Britain and the United States.
- J Hillis Miller, Distinguished Professor, Department of English and Comparative Literature, University of California, Irvine
This challenging and entertaining volume…is a celebration of critical theory at its most exciting… a most compelling compilation.