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- DescriptionRedeemer Nation in the Interregnum interrogates the polyvalent role that American exceptionalism continues to play after 9/11. Whereas American exceptionalism is often construed as a discredited Cold War-era belief structure, Spas persuasively demonstrates how it operationalizes an apparatus of biopolitical capture that saturates the American body politic down to its capillaries. The exceptionalism that Redeemer Nation in the Interregnum renders starkly visible is t a corrigible ideological screen. It is a deeply structured ethos that functions simultaneously on ontological, moral, ecomic, racial, gendered, and political registers as the American Calling. Precisely by refusing to answer the American Calling, by rendering iperative (in Agamben's sense) its covenantal summons, Spas enables us to imagine an alternative America. At once timely and personal, Spas's meditation ackwledges the priority of being. He emphasizes the dignity t simply of humanity but of all phemena on the continuum of being, the groundless ground of any political formation that would claim the name of democracy.
- Author BiographyWilliam Spanos is Distinguished Professor of English at Binghamton University, SUNY. His previous books include: Shock and Awe: American Exceptionalism and the Imperatives of the Spectacle in Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court , Persophone's Pomegranate: Fragments of a Greek-American's Journey in the Rift , American Exceptionalism in the Age of Globalization: The Specter of the Vietnam War, Herman Melville and the American Calling: The Fiction after Moby-Dick, 1851-1857, The Legacy of Edward Said: A Dialogue, The End of Education: Toward Posthumanism, The Errant Art of Moby Dick: the Canon, the Cold War, and the Struggle for American Studies, Heidegger and Criticism: Retrieving the Cultural Politics of Destruction, and America's Shadow: An Anatomy of Empire.
- Author(s)William V. Spanos
- PublisherFordham University Press
- Date of Publication08/01/2016
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintFordham University Press
- Weight431 g
- Width155 mm
- Height231 mm
- Spine18 mm
- Foreword byDonald E. Pease
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