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Volume 15, Number 1 (September, 2004)              ISSN: 1053-1920

Editors:                            James F. English
			                                 Eyal Amiran

Editors Emeritus:                   Stuart Moulthrop
                                    John Unsworth

Review Editor:                      Kent Puckett

Editorial Collective:		             Lisa Brawley
                                    Paula Geyh
                                    Stuart Moulthrop
                                    John Unsworth

Managing Editor:                    Claire Chantell

Research Assistants:                Sean Borton
                                    Paul Fyfe
	   		                              Carey Mickalites	

Editorial Board:                                           

     James Berger                   Patrick O'Donnell
     Heesok Chang                   Elaine Orr
     Wendy Hui Kyong Chun	          Bob Perelman
     Ashley Dawson                  Marjorie Perloff
     J. Yellowlees Douglas          Fred Pfeil
     Johanna Drucker                Peggy Phelan
     Diane Gromala                  Arkady Plotnitsky
     Graham Hammill                 Judith Roof
     Terry Harpold                  Susan Schultz
     David Herman                   William Spanos
     Marcia Ian                     Katie Stewart
     Michael Joyce                  Allucquere Roseanne Stone
     Matthew Kirschenbaum           Gary Lee Stonum
     Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett  Rei Terada
     Neil Larsen                    Darren Tofts 
     Brian Massumi                  Paul Trembath
     Jerome McGann                  Greg Ulmer
     Adrian Miles                   
     Jim Morrison
     Larysa Mykyta                                          
                            In Memoriam:
                      Jacques Derrida, 1930-2004
    Arkady Plotnitsky, The Différance of the World: 
    Homage to Jacques Derrida
    Claire Colebrook, The Sense of Space: On the 
    Specificity of Affect in Deleuze and Guattari
    Jenny H. Edbauer, Executive Overspill: Affective Bodies, 
    Intensity, and Bush-in-Relation
    Rimi Khan, Reading Cultural Studies, Reading Foucault
    Gerald Gaylard, Postmodern Archaic: The Return of the Real 
    in Digital Virtuality
                          Review Essays
    Steven Dougherty, On Media and Modules. A review of 
    Joseph Tabbi, _Cognitive Fictions_. Minneapolis: 
    U of Minnesota P, 2002.
    V. Nicholas LoLordo, Identity Poetics? or, The Norton 
    Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry. A review of 
    Jahan Ramazani, Richard Ellmann, and Robert O'Clair, 
    editors, _The Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary 
    Poetry_ (3rd edition). New York: Norton, 2003.
    Andrew Timms, Theory's Hubris. A review of Steven Helmling, 
    _The Success and Failure of Fredric Jameson: Writing, 
    the Sublime, and the Dialectic of Critique_. Albany: 
    SUNY P, 2001. 
    Philip A. Gunderson, Danger Mouse's Grey Album, Mash-Ups, 
    and the Age of Composition. A review of Danger 
    Mouse (Brian Burton), _The Grey Album_. Bootleg Recording. 
    Mark A. Cohen, How Postmodern Is It? A review of Maurice 
    Blanchot, _The Book to Come_. Stanford: Stanford UP, 2003.
    Christopher Forster, Aesthetics without Art: The Para-
    Epistemic Project of Kant's Third Critique. A review of 
    Rodolphe Gasché, _The Idea of Form: Rethinking Kant's 
    Aesthetics_. Stanford: Stanford UP, 2003.
                      Notices (HTML Version Only)
                      Notes on Contributors
    Claire Colebrook, The Sense of Space: On the 
    Specificity of Affect in Deleuze and Guattari
        o Abstract: While Deleuze is frequently critical of the 
    spatialization of time,such that one of duration's 
    effects--man--produces a homogenized and metric time, he is 
    also concerned with the ways in which spatial milieux allow 
    for the thought of time in general. Certain affects and 
    images, including the face of Western man, create 
    transcendent planes that organize life from a single point 
    of view, but the thought of affect as such also allows for 
    the intuition of the plane of immanence--the spatial lines 
    emanating from one enduring life. --cc
    Jenny H. Edbauer, Executive Overspill: Affective Bodies, 
    Intensity, and Bush-in-Relation
        o Abstract: This article contributes to emerging 
    theories of affect (following recent work by Brian Massumi, 
    Steven Shaviro, and others) by outlining a critical 
    vocabulary that approaches culture in its affective 
    dimensions, beyond existing cultural vocabularies of 
    signification. Such an affective vocabulary makes it 
    possible to account for social and political effects 
    that are conducted through non-qualified and 
    non-signifying operations. Taking the body as a site of 
    affect's operation in culture, this article suggests that 
    we should read certain political body-sites across the 
    affective terms of intensity, relationality, and a 
    Deleuzoguattarian sense of the event. Citing the specific 
    illustration of George W. Bush's infamous malapropisms, 
    the author argues that we cannot fully understand the 
    effects of political and cultural bodies if our readings 
    proceed only along the plane of signification. This 
    article thus offers a double gesture of affective 
    analysis. First, it generates an affective vocabulary 
    via the spectacle of Bush's decomposing body. It then 
    reads this body across a developing vocabulary of 
    affect. --jhe
    Rimi Khan, Reading Cultural Studies, Reading Foucault
    This article attempts to track the reception of Foucault 
    within cultural studies and examines the difficulties 
    involved in mobilizing Foucault's ideas within the field as 
    it exists in its current orthodoxies. The theoretical and 
    methodological problems that arise when deploying Foucault's 
    ideas turn largely on cultural studies' conceptualizations 
    of power, subjectivity, and discourse, and reveal a dialectic 
    between structure and agency that appears to define and 
    constrain cultural studies' critical agenda. The article 
    surveys some of the ways in which the investigative 
    possibilities raised by Foucault's work have been put to use 
    within cultural studies--including figures such as Stuart 
    Hall, Judith Butler, Tony Bennett, and Ian Hunter. It is 
    argued that the tenets of cultural studies' criticality 
    manifest themselves as a series of ongoing, irresolvable 
    tensions. Following Hunter, it is contended that these 
    dilemmas are imbricated with a more profound opposition 
    that is central to the formation of the modern wsubject. 
    It is, however, also a certain reading of Foucault that 
    opens up a less burdened space of analysis--providing the 
    tools for generating an alternative pragmatics that 
    enables tangible interventions into specific 
    historical problems. --rk
    Gerald Gaylard, Postmodern Archaic: The Return of the Real 
    in Digital Virtuality
        o Abstract: This paper argues against a transcendental 
    version of postmodern virtuality, with its desire to achieve 
    escape velocity, by showing that a major feature of postmodern 
    culture is in fact realism, a brand of realism that is 
    concerned with the archaic, the natural, the pristine and 
    unspoiled. The roots of realism are briefly charted in order 
    to show the continuity and reformatting of realism within 
    postmodern virtual culture in the form of reality TV, with 
    Survivor and more reflexive films dealing with reality and 
    virtuality as the primary exemplars. Realism's premise of 
    mimesis and authenticity has evidently survived in postmodern 
    culture, and as ever functions as ideological camouflage, 
    despite being rigorously questioned in more reflexive 
    postmodernisms. This suggests not so much the enduring 
    utility of materialist critiques, but that virtual culture 
    cannot float free of the physical, let alone the generic, 
    that the acculturation of the archaic is likely to 
    increase in the future, and that realism is unlikely 
    to disappear. --gg
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