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The New Public Intellectual: Politics, Theory, and the Public Sphere eds. by Jeffrey R. Di Leo and Peter Hitchcock (review)

The New Public Intellectual: Politics, Theory, and the Public Sphere eds. by Jeffrey R. Di Leo... how future work on the topic needs to consider how transgressive sanctity has in- formed literary and cultural imaginations and how these, in turn, can be used to escape from the (non- li terary) violence perpetuated in the Caucasus. Implicit in Gould’s reading of the texts and the arrangement of her chapters is the sense that the literary imagination aestheticizes violence and also desacralizes violence. Ac- cording to Gould, transgressive sanctity, “as a political theory of violence . . . is also an implicit program for peace” (230). This provocative statement points the direc- tion for future work to be done on intersections between sovereignty, legitimacy, and governmentality with literary and cultural imaginations in imperial or colo- nial contexts and memories of postcolonies. Regarding the literature of the Cau- casus, much needs to be done for scholars who lack Gould’s linguistic virtuosity. Among the author’s more than eighty primary sources, only three are in English; the rest should keep translators busy for some time to come and could enable other scholars to produce readings of the literature of the Caucasus as nuanced and in- sightful as those presented by Rebecca Gould. adelheid rundholz  Johnson C. Smith University Jeffrey http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Comparatist University of North Carolina Press

The New Public Intellectual: Politics, Theory, and the Public Sphere eds. by Jeffrey R. Di Leo and Peter Hitchcock (review)

The Comparatist , Volume 41 – Nov 1, 2017

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University of North Carolina Press
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Abstract

how future work on the topic needs to consider how transgressive sanctity has in- formed literary and cultural imaginations and how these, in turn, can be used to escape from the (non- li terary) violence perpetuated in the Caucasus. Implicit in Gould’s reading of the texts and the arrangement of her chapters is the sense that the literary imagination aestheticizes violence and also desacralizes violence. Ac- cording to Gould, transgressive sanctity, “as a political theory of violence . . . is also an implicit program for peace” (230). This provocative statement points the direc- tion for future work to be done on intersections between sovereignty, legitimacy, and governmentality with literary and cultural imaginations in imperial or colo- nial contexts and memories of postcolonies. Regarding the literature of the Cau- casus, much needs to be done for scholars who lack Gould’s linguistic virtuosity. Among the author’s more than eighty primary sources, only three are in English; the rest should keep translators busy for some time to come and could enable other scholars to produce readings of the literature of the Caucasus as nuanced and in- sightful as those presented by Rebecca Gould. adelheid rundholz  Johnson C. Smith University Jeffrey

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The ComparatistUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Nov 1, 2017

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