The Mediated Mind

Author: Susan Zieger
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ISBN: 9780823279838
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This book describes new affective and material modes of print media consumption that emerged in the nineteenth century, when ephemeral printed material and objects became part of everyday modern life. It offers a history of our own moment of digital absorption, information addiction, and social media obsession.

Inventing The Addict

Author: Susan Marjorie Zieger
Publisher: Univ of Massachusetts Press
ISBN: 9781558496804
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Reconstructs the literary and cultural history of addiction from the nineteenth to the twentieth century.

The Transcontinental Maghreb

Author: Edwige Talbayev
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0823275175
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The writer Gabriel Audisio once called the Mediterranean a "liquid continent." Taking up the challenge issued by Audisio's phrase, Edwige Tamalet Talbayev insists that we understand the region on both sides of the Mediterranean through a "transcontinental" heuristic. Rather than merely read the Maghreb in the context of its European colonizers from across the Mediterranean, Talbayev compellingly argues for a transmaritime deployment of the Maghreb across the multiple Mediterranean sites to which it has been materially and culturally bound for millennia. Studying a Mediterranean-inspired body of texts from Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Gibraltar in French, Arabic, and Spanish, the book delivers provocative analyses that complicate the dichotomy between nation and Mediterranean, the valence of the postcolonial topos of nomadism in the face of postcolonial trauma, and conceptions of the Mediterranean as a mythical site averse to historical realization. In place of Albert Camus' colonialist Mediterranean utopia, Talbayev substitutes a trans-Mediterranean reading of Kateb Yacine's Nedjma as an allegory of the Maghreb's longstanding plurality. Through this adjusted Mediterranean genealogy, The Transcontinental Maghreb reveals these Mediterranean imaginaries to intersect with Maghrebi claims to an inclusive, democratic national ideal yet to be realized. Attuned to both the perpetual fluctuation of the Mediterranean as method and the political imperatives specific to the postcolonial Maghreb, the transcontinental reveals the limits of models of hybridity and nomadism oblivious to material realities. Through a sustained reflection on allegory and critical melancholia, the book shows how the Mediterranean decenters postcolonial nation-building projects and mediates the nomadic subject's reinsertion into a national collective respectful of heterogeneity. In engaging the space of the sea, the hybridity it produces, and the way it has shaped such historical dynamics as globalization, imperialism, decolonization, and nationalism, the book rethinksthe very nature of postcolonial histories and identities along its shores.

Love And Other Technologies

Author: Dominic Pettman
Publisher: Fordham Univ Press
ISBN: 0823226689
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Can love really be considered another form of technology? Dominic Pettman says it can - although not before carefully redefining technology as a cultural challenge to what we mean by the "human" in the information age. Using the writings of such important thinkers as Giorgio Agamben, Jean-LucNancy, and Bernard Stiegler as a springboard, Pettman explores the "techtonic" movements of contemporary culture, specifically in relation to the language of eros. Highly ritualized expressions of desire - love, in other words - always reveal an era's attitude toward what it means to exist as a selfamong others. For Pettman, the articulation of love is a technique of belonging: a way of responding to the basic plurality of everyone's identity, a process that becomes increasingly complex as the forms of mediated communication, from cell phone and text messaging to the mass media, multiply andmesh together.Wresting the idea of love from the arthritic hands of Romanticism, Pettman demonstrates the ways in which this dynamic assemblage - "the stirrings of the soul" - have always been a matter of tools, devices, prosthetics, and media. Love is, after all, something we make. And, love, this book argues,is not eternal, but external.

The Inspiration Code

Author: Kristi HEDGES
Publisher: AMACOM
ISBN: 0814437907
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Great leaders inspire action with their words. They spark enthusiasm and commitment. With a single conversation, they can change the direction of someone's life. Everyone wants to be the kind of leader who energizes and mobilizes others—yet too few are. Why is it so challenging to crack the code? Executive coach Kristi Hedges spent years studying exactly what inspiring leaders do differently. Informed by quantitative research and thousands of responses from leaders at all levels, she reveals that inspiring communication isn't about grand gestures. Instead, those who motivate us most do a few things routinely, consistently, and intentionally. Eye-opening and accessible, The Inspiration Code dispels common myths about how leaders communicate—and guides them in cultivating qualities that authentically excite. Inspired companies need inspirational leaders. Learn to unlock motivation, lift peoples' sights, and lead them into the future.

Becoming Social In A Networked Age

Author: Neal Thomas
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1351764608
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This book examines the semiotic effects of protocols and algorithms at work in popular social media systems, bridging philosophical conversations in human-computer interaction (HCI) and information systems (IS) design with contemporary work in critical media, technology and software studies. Where most research into social media is sociological in scope, Neal Thomas shows how the underlying material-semiotic operations of social media now crucially define what it means to be social in a networked age. He proposes that we consider social media platforms as computational processes of collective individuation that produce, rather than presume, forms of subjectivity and sociality.

Thresholds Of Listening

Author: Sander Van Maas
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ISBN: 0823264378
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Thresholds of Listening addresses recent and historical changes in the ways listening has been conceived. Listening, having been emancipated from the passive, subjected position of reception, has come to be asserted as an active force in culture and in collective and individual politics. The contributors to this volume show that the exteriorization of listening- brought into relief by recent historical studies of technologies of listening-involves a re-negotiation of the theoretical and pragmatic distinctions that underpin the notion of listening. Focusing on the manifold borderlines between listening and its erstwhile others, such as speaking, reading, touching, seeing, or hearing, the book maps new frontiers in the history of aurality. They suggest that listening's finitude- defined in some of the essays as its death or deadliness-should be considered as a heuristic instrument rather than as a mere descriptor. Listening emerges where it appears to end or to run up against thresholds and limits-or when it takes unexpected turns. Listening's recent emergence on the cultural and theoretical scene may therefore be productively read against contemporary recurrences of the motifs of elusiveness, finitude, and resistance to open up new politics, discourses, and technologies of aurality.

Transferential Poetics From Poe To Warhol

Author: Adam Frank
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ISBN: 0823262464
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Transferential Poetics, from Poe to Warhol presents a method and a model for improving the practice of criticism by bringing theories of affect to the specific study of poetics. Informed by the thinking of Silvan Tomkins, Melanie Klein, and Wilfred Bion, it offers new interpretations of the poetics of four major American artists: Edgar Allan Poe, Henry James, Gertrude Stein, and Andy Warhol. Adam Frank emphasizes the close, reflexive attention each of these artists pays to the transfer of feeling between text and reader, or composition and audience - their transferential poetics. In analyzing and exploring these poetics and their motives in detail Frank unfolds those affect dynamics that are fundamental to experiences of composition, expression, group phenomena, thinking and learning, and self-care. Because it aims to account for the conceptual intimacy between theatricality and affect Transferential Poetics, from Poe to Warhol will appeal to media and performance studies scholars as well as to readers and critics of American literature. Frank argues that the peculiar theatricality of the work of these four major artists can be understood in terms of a reciprocal relation between the bodily means of communicating affect (by face and voice) and technologies of graphic reproduction. The book's historical route from Poe to Warhol culminates in television, a technology and cultural form that makes affect distinctly available to perception. In its various returns to television - as technology, as institution, as writing, as theater - this book seeks a loose, integrated approach to criticism across mediums of composition and performance.

The Mark Of Theory

Author: Andrea Bachner
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ISBN: 9780823277476
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"Cover" -- "Title Page" -- "Copyright" -- "Contents" -- "Introduction: At the Scene of Inscription" -- "1. Savage Marks: Subjection and the Specters of Anthropology" -- "2. Impact Erasure: Psychoanalysis and the Multiplication of Trauma" -- "3. Stings of Visibility: Picture Theories and Visual Contact" -- "4. Out of the Groove: Aural Traces and the Mediation of Sound" -- "Conclusion: Against Inscription?" -- "Acknowledgments" -- "Notes" -- "Works Cited

The Decolonial Abyss

Author: An Yountae
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0823273105
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The Decolonial Abyss probes the ethico-political possibility harbored in Western philosophical and theological thought for addressing the collective experience of suffering, socio-political trauma, and colonial violence. In order to do so, it builds a constructive and coherent thematization of the somewhat obscurely defined and underexplored mystical figure of the abyss as it occurs in Neoplatonic mysticism, German Idealism, and Afro-Caribbean philosophy. The central question An Yountae raises is, How do we mediate the mystical abyss of theology/philosophy and the abyss of socio-political trauma engulfing the colonial subject? What would theopoetics look like in the context where poetics is the means of resistance and survival? This book seeks to answer these questions by examining the abyss as the dialectical process in which the self's dispossession before the encounter with its own finitude is followed by the rediscovery or reconstruction of the self.