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P  TMODERNCU  UREPOS  ODER  ULTU E          an electronic journal
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Volume 18, Number 1 (September, 2007)              ISSN: 1053-1920

Editor:                            Eyal Amiran

Review Editor:                     Ellen McCallum

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

Managing Editor:                   Claire Chantell

Editorial Assistants:              Michelle Cho
                                   Susanne Hall
                                   Kurt Ozment

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 
     Matthew Kirschenbaum          Susan Schultz         
     Neil Larsen                   Steven Shaviro 
     Akira Lippit                  Rei Terada 
     Adrian Miles                  Darren Tofts   
     James Morrison                Paul Trembath   
    		                   Jeffrey Williams                         
    Jan Mieszkowskik, Analogy, Terminable and Interminable
    Alan Bass, The Mystery of Sex and the Mystery of Time:
    An Integration of Some Psychoanalytic and Philosophical
    Brett Levinson, In Theory, Politics Does not Exist
    Laurence A. Rickels, Endopsychic Allegories
    Eleanor Kaufman, The Desire Called Mao: Badiou and the
    Legacy of Libidinal Economy
    Joseph Keith, "What Went Wrong?: Reappraising the
    "Politics" of Theory." A review of Timothy Brennan,
    _Wars of Position: The Cultural Politics of Left and
    Right_. New York: Columbia UP, 2006..
    Joshua Kates, "Philopolemology." A review of Alain
    Badiou, _Polemics_. Trans. Steve Corcoran. London: Verso,
    Michael Malouf, "When Were We Creole?" A
    review of Charles Stewart, ed. _Creolization: History,
    Ethnography, Theory_. Walnut Creek: Left Coast, 2007.
    Catherine Taylor, "Open Studios: Rachel Blau
    Duplessis's Blue Studios: Poetry and Its Cultural Work."
    A review of _Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Blue Studios:
    Poetry and Its Cultural Work_. Tuscaloosa: Alabama
    UP, 2006.
    Melinda Cooper, "Homeland Insecurities."
    A review of Randy Martin, _An Empire of Indifference:
    American War and the Financial Logic of Risk
    Management_. Durham: Duke UP, 2007.
                      Notes on Contributors
    Alan Bass, The Mystery of Sex and the Mystery of Time:
    An Integration of Some Psychoanalytic and Philosophical
    * Abstract: Freudian theory historicizes sexuality, makes
    it temporal in a new way. Is there a relation between the
    rethinking of time in Heidegger and the temporality of
    sexuality? Jean Laplanche asks a similar question, and
    attempts to answer it. The paper takes up Laplanche's
    question, and provides a different answer, by focusing
    on the work of contemporary analysts who have extended
    the theory of sexuality into the realm of the transitional,
    and on related conceptions from Derrida and Deleuze. A
    stricter integration of Freud and Heidegger on sexuality
    and time is proposed via a reading of Freud's obscure
    notion of primary, intermediate organizations of the
    drives. --ab
    Brett Levinson, In Theory, Politics Does Not Exist
    * Abstract:  This essay considers a line of thought about
    the possibility of political action in psychoanalytic
    theory. In the mid-1930s George Bataille asked why
    popular political movements during this period yielded,
    ultimately, fascism rather than communism. He responds by
    suggesting that for the reverse to take place, the very
    structure of knowledge needs to be reworked, and argues
    that the Freudian unconscious represents a possible
    commencement for that reworking. In "The Other Side of
    Psychoanalysis," a seminar delivered during the Parisian
    student movements, and one famous for introducing the "four
    discourses" (of the master, the hysteric, the analyst, and
    the university), Lacan examines in detail this thesis,
    revealing how an analysis of the unconscious might help
    reshape our thinking on popular movements, especially
    insofar as that thinking is derived from Marx. The essay
    concludes by investigating the recent fierce debate
    between Ernesto Laclau and Slavoj Zizek about populism,
    a dispute largely informed by psychoanalysis. --bls
    Laurence A. Rickels, Endopsychic Allegories
    * Abstract: Philip K. Dick's Valis trilogy staggers as
    seemingly separable phases the elements he metabolized all
    together in such works as Ubik and The Three Stigmata of
    Palmer Eldritch. From the intersection crowded with science
    fiction, schizophrenia, and mysticism in Valis (the novel)
    we pass through the fantasy genre (in The Divine Invasion)
    as the temptation that science fiction must repeatedly
    overcome and end up inside the recent past of the scene of
     writing of The Transmigration of Timothy Archer, which we
    traverse via modern Spiritualist attempts to keep in touch
    with the departed. With the Valis trilogy's cross-sectioning
    of the psy-fi condition as illustration and inspiration, the
    essay revisits--as endopsychic allegory--the stations of
    Freud's and Benjamin's crossing with or through Schreber,
    and concludes with a reading of Dick's "first" science
    fiction novel, Time Out of Joint, in which the author
    deliberately seeks to engage or stage Schreber's
    narrative. --lar
    Eleanor Kaufman, The Desire Called Mao: Badiou and the
    Legacy of Libidinal Economy
    * Abstract: Although Alain Badiou's early work is deeply critical
    of French theories of libidinal economy that sought to synthesize
    Marx and Freud in the wake of May 1968, this essay seeks to
    summarize the central tenets of libidinal economy theory--the
    emphasis on the desire structure proper to use value; the
    boundaries of the human explored through the death drive; a
    thought of radical inertia--and argues that there is more
    overlap than might be thought, especially concerning inertia.
    Badiou's interest in Mao is considered in its connection to
    problems of periodization, of counting a century, and the
    thought of the party, and these link back to theories of
    libidinal economy through a shared fascination with the
    intemporal, if not the unconscious. --ek
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