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Edward Said and Jacques Derrida

Reconstellating Humanism and the Global Hybrid

Editor(s): Mina Karavanta, Nina Morgan

Book Description

Edward Said and Jacques Derrida: Reconstellating Humanism and the Global Hybrid features essays that invoke Said and Derrida’s intellectually rigorous examination of humanism in their works; yet by shifting Said and Derrida out of their contexts—by dis-engaging them from their respective habitats of postcolonial studies and deconstruction—and by placing them in each other’s company, the collection reconstellates those traces of their works that open the question of ethics, criticism, and the political in order to reconsider the status of the human subject in the global moment.

These fourteen interdisciplinary essays by leading international scholars address present social change and political questions and analyze humanism from the perspectives of literature, theory, history, gender studies, and art in view of the intellectual impact of Said and Derrida on contemporary philosophy. In rethinking the question of humanism, these essays pursue the analysis of pivotal concepts that are theoretically and politically imperative in the global age such as the "human subject", "hybridity", "community", "philology", "secularism", "planetary humanism", "ethical antihumanism", "inhabitancy", "exceptionalism", "utopia", and others.


ISBN-13: 978-1-8471-8616-4
ISBN-10: 1-84718-616-5
Date of Publication: 01/07/2008
Pages / Size: 350 / A5
Price: £39.99


Dr. Mina Karavanta (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens) teaches theory, cultural studies and anglophone literatures in the Faculty of English Studies, Department of Literature and Culture. Some of her recent essays have appeared in mosaic, The Journal of Contemporary Thought, and European Journal of English Studies, and collection of essays such as Global Babel: Questions of Discourse and Communication in a Time of Globalization, Samir Dayal and Margueritte Murphy (eds.), and Women Writing Greece: Essays on Hellenism, Orientalism and Travel, Vassiliki Kolokotroni and Efterpi Mitsi (eds.).

Dr. Nina Morgan (Kennesaw State University) teaches critical theory and world literatures. Her work has been published in Japan, India, Spain and the USA. Dr. Morgan currently serves as an editor of the Journal of Transnational American Studies. Together with Dr. Karavanta, she is writing a book on Jacques Derrida and the political quest of the Literary, entitled, Derridean Antigones: Deconstruction, the Literary and the Question of the Political.