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P  TMODERNCU  UREPOS  ODER  ULTU E          an electronic journal
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Volume 18, Number 2 (January, 2008)              ISSN: 1053-1920

Editor:                            Eyal Amiran

Review Editors:                    Marcus Boon
                                   Ellen McCallum

Advisory Board: 		   Lisa Brawley
				   James F. English 
				   Paula Geyh
                                   Stuart Moulthrop
                                   John Unsworth

Managing Editor:                   Claire Chantell

Editorial Assistants:              Michelle Cho
                                   Rob Schoenbeck
                                   Jonathan Tanner

Editorial Board:                                           

     James Berger                  Sianne Ngai 
     Heesok Chang                  Patrick O'Donnell
     Wendy Hui Kyong Chun          Bob Perelman         
     Ashley Dawson	           Marjorie Perloff 
     Johanna Drucker               Peggy Phelan   
     Graham Hammill                Arkady Plotnitsky 
     Terry Harpold                 Alessia Ricciardi 
     Steven Helmling               Tilottama Rajan   
     David Herman                  Judith Roof 
     Eleanor Kaufman               Susan Schultz         
     Matthew Kirschenbaum          Steven Shaviro 
     Neil Larsen                   Rei Terada 
     Akira Lippit                  Darren Tofts   
     Adrian Miles                  Paul Trembath   
     James Morrison		   Jeffrey Williams                         
    John Mowitt, Spins
    Emily Apter, Tecnics of the Subject: The Avatar-
    Amit Ray and Evan Selinger, Jagannath's
    Saligram: On Bruno Latour and Literary Critique
    After Postcoloniality 
    Michael Marder, Terror of the Ethical: On
    Levinas's Il y a
    Sven-Erik Rose, Remembering Dora Bruder: Patrick
    Modiano's Surrealist Encounter with the
    Postmemorial Archive
    David Banash, A Natural History of Consumption:
    The Shopping Carts of Julian Montague.  A review of
    Julian Montague, The StrayShopping Carts of Eastern
    North America: A Guide to Field Identification.
    New York: Abrams Image, 2006.
    Kenneth Goldsmith, The Noise of Art.
    A review of Alan Licht, Sound Art: Beyond Music,
    Between Categories. New York: Rizzoli, 2007.
    Stephanie Hart, Ways of See(th)ing: A
    Record of Visual Punk Practice. A review of Mark
    Sladen and Ariella Yedgar, eds. Panic Attack! Art
    in the Punk Years. London: Merrell, 2007.
    Mikko Tuhkanen, The Wager of Death: Richard
    Wright With Hegel and Lacan. A review of
    JanMohamedAbdul R., The Death-Bound-Subject: Richard
    Wright's Archaeology of Death. Durham: Duke UP, 2005.
    Pieter Vermeulen, The Future of Possibility.
    A review of Anne-Lise Francois. Open Secrets: The
    Literature of Uncounted Experience. Stanford:
    Stanford UP, 2008.
                      Notes on Contributors
    John Mowitt, Spins
    Abstract: This essay explores some of the points of
    contact between philosophical reflection and dance.
    Paying close attention to way the figure of dance is
    put to work in texts by Norbert Elias, Karl Marx,
    Soren Kierkegaard, Friedrich Nietzsche, Paul de Man,
    Plato, and Jacques Derrida, the essay teases out a
    connection between the philosophical gesture of
    exemplification, the non sequitur whereby the
    abstract is propped up by or otherwise made to lean
    upon the concrete, and the move to an "outside" of
    the text understood either simply as reference, or
    more ambitiously as revolution. When, as is the case
    with the texts attended to here, dance is the example
    exemplified, a swirling field of reflexive
    associations arise around it, associations that
    invite us to recognize in dance a stance to be taken,
    perhaps even a set of steps to be followed, as
    activists and scholars alike contemplate what will
    be required to get from one world to another.--jm
    Emily Apter, Technics of the Subject: The Avatar-Drive
    Abstract:  This essay considers the digital avatar
    not simply as a name for a virtual double of the
    player of videogames, but as bound to or manifesting
    psychological drive, a kind of homunculus of the
    drive. Drawing on a wide range of theories that have
    informed technical constructions of the subject, it
    applies in particular an important moment in Lacan's
    description of the drive to the concept of the gaming
    "avatar." It argues that the avatar is a variant of
    precursor representations of the drive specific to
    the technical imaginary of videogames.--ea
    Amit Ray and Evan Selinger, Jagannath's Saligram: On
    Bruno Latour and Literary Critique After Postcoloniality
    Abstract:  Bruno Latour has turned to Indian vernacular
    fiction to illustrate the limits of ideology critique.
    In examining the method of literary analysis that
    underlies his appropriation of postcolonial history and
    culture, we appeal to Edward Said's notion of "traveling
    theory" in order to discuss critically the aesthetic as
    well as political stakes of using the technology of the
    modern novel for the allegorical purposes that Latour
    has in mind. We argue that Latourian analysis fails to
    uphold its own rigorous aspirations when it reduces
    complex literary and cultural representation to
    universal allegory.--ar & es
    Michael Marder, Terror of the Ethical: On Levinas's Il y 
    Abstract:  This essay inquires into the uncanny,
    unpredictable, and terrifying dimension of Levinasian
    ethics that retains the trace of impersonal existence
    or il y a (there is). After establishing that being,
    labor, and sense are but folds in the infinite fabric
    of the there is, the folds that Levinas terms
    "hypostasis," the article follows the double possibility
    of their unfolding or unraveling into two infinities:
    that of il y a and that of the ethical relation. The
    focus is on the inflection of the second infinity by the
    first, detectable in the "inter-face" of justice and
    ethics in the unique Other who/that contains the
    anonymous third (illeity), in the facelessness of the
    face connoted by the French visage and the Hebrew panim,
    and in the Other's nocturnal non-phenomenality. "Terror
    of the ethical" concludes with the hypothesis that
    ethics does not stifle the primordial horror of the
    there is but temporalizes it, thriving on the
    boundlessness and passivity it introduces into my
    existence and leaving enough time to fear for the
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