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Volume 6, Number 1 (September, 1995)              ISSN: 1053-1920

Editors:     	 			Eyal Amiran
					Lisa Brawley
					Stuart Moulthrop, issue ed.
				   	John Unsworth

Review Editor:				Jim English 

Managing Editor:			Sarah Wells 

Editorial Assistant:			Robyn Marder

List Manager:				Chris Barrett 

Editorial Board:

     Sharon Bassett 			Chimalum Nwankwo
     Michael Berube 			Patrick O'Donnell
     Marc Chenetier 			Elaine Orr
     Greg Dawes 			Marjorie Perloff
     J. Yellowlees Douglas 		Fred Pfeil
     Graham Hammill			Mark Poster
     Phillip Brian Harper   		David Porush
     David Herman			Carl Raschke
     bell hooks 			Avital Ronell
     E. Ann Kaplan 			Susan Schultz
     Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett 	William Spanos
     Arthur Kroker 			Gary Lee Stonum
     Neil Larsen 			Tony Stewart
     Tan Lin 				Chris Straayer
     Jerome McGann 			Rei Terada
     Jim Morrison 			Paul Trembath
     Larysa Mykata 			Greg Ulmer    
     Phil Novak   



     TITLE                                               FILENAME

     Stephanie Barbe Hammer, "'Just like               hammer.995
     Eddie' or as far as a boy can go: 
     Vedder, Barthes, and Handke 
     Dismember Mama"

     Stephen Barker, "Nietzsche/Derrida,               barker.995
     Blanchot/Beckett: Fragmentary Progressions 
     of the Unnamable"

     Daniel White and Gert Hellerich, "Nietzsche        white.995
     at the Altar: Situating the Devotee"

     Peter Consenstein, "Memory and Oulipian           consen.995

     Jeffrey T. Nealon, "'Junk' and the Other:         nealon.995
     Burroughs and Levinas on Drugs"

     Tony Thwaites, "Facing Pages: On Response,      thwaites.995
     A Response to Steven Helmling"

     Charles Woodman and Scott Davenport,             woodman.995
     "Plunder Squad"

RELATED READINGS                               [WWW version only]


     Rhonda Garelick, "Outrageous Dieting:           pop-cult.995
     The Camp Performance of Richard Simmons"


     Crystal Bartolovich, "Have Theory; Will         review-1.995
     Travel: Constructions of "Cultural Geography." 
     Review of Peter Jackson and Jan Penrose, eds., 
     Constructions of Race, Place, and Nation.  
     Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 1994.

     Tamise Van Pelt, "Queering Freud in Freiburg."  review-2.995
     Review of The Twelfth Annual Conference in 
     Literature and Psychology.  June 21-24, 
     1995, Freiburg, Germany.

     Kristine Butler, "Bordering on Fiction:         review-3.995
     Chantal Akerman's _D'Est_." Review of 
     Chantal Akerman's _D'Est_, Walker Art Center, 
     Minneapolis, Minnesota.  June 18-August 27.

     Steve Martinot, "Spectors of Sartre: Nancy's    review-4.995
     Romance with Ontological Freedom."  Review of 
     Jean-Luc Nancy, _The Experience of Freedom_.  
     Stanford: Stanford UP, 1993.

     Rob Wilkie, "Postmodernism as Usual: 'Theory'   review-5.995
     in the American Academy Today."  Review of 
     Mas'ud Zavarzadeh and Donald Morton, _Theory 
     as Resistance_. New York: Guilford Press, 

     Nickola Pazderic, "Hard Bodies."  Review of     review-6.995
     Susan Jeffords _Hard Bodies: Hollywood 
     Masculinity in the Reagan Era_.  New 
     Brunswick, New Jersey:  Rutgers UP, 1994, 
     and Peter Lehman.  _Running Scared:  
     Masculinity and the Representation of the 
     Male Body_.  Philadelphia: Temple UP, 1993.  
     x, 237 pp.

     Matthew G. Kirschenbaum, "The Cult of Print."   review-7.995
     Review of Sven Birkerts, _The Gutenberg 
     Elegies: The Fate of Reading in an Electronic 
     Age_. Boston: Faber and Faber, 1994.


     Selected Letters from Readers                    letters.995


     Announcements and Advertisements          [WWW Version only]

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Stephanie Barbe Hammer, "'Just like Eddie' or as far as a boy 
	can go: Vedder, Barthes, and Handke Dismember Mama"

     ABSTRACT: A feminist hitchhiker/hijacker on/of the rock and
     roll culture bandwagon, I grab the wheel and track Greil
     Marcus' assumption that rock culture provides a crucial set
     of metaphors for thinking about high culture.  This essay
     argues that Eddie Vedder (lead singer-composer for PEARL
     JAM), French theorist Roland Barthes, and German writer
     Peter Handke have upped the ante in the contemporary crisis
     of masculinity through frantic, frenetic and deeply ironic
     autobiographical performances.  At the same time they
     struggle to complete, kill off, and have done with the
     modern -- an act which assumes the shape of loving and
     mourning "mother."  Unabashed narcissists just like Eddie,
     Roland Barthes and Peter Handke go as far as boys can;
     owners of the phallus, they enact the vaginal wound in
     their go arounds with mother and with the mother tongue;
     they court abjection for our wonder, and dream of a freedom
     which must always fail. - SH

Stephen Barker, "Nietzsche/Derrida, Blanchot/Beckett:
    	 Fragmentary Progressions of the Unnamable"

     ABSTRACT: Is it possible to walk the tightrope between the
     condensation of poetic prose and the terseness of academic
     discourse?  Can one conceive of doing so without committing
     oneself to a performance of the sort of language required
     of each?  This piece launches itself directly into the core
     of this dilemma, trying to balance itself somewhere between
     the scholarship required to explore the Nietzsche/Derrida
     bond and the poetry inherent in the minimal texts of
     Beckett and Blanchot.  Investigating the nature of the
     fragment and the aphorism in the worlds imagined by each of
     these artists, the essay stretches itself across the
     abyssal marketplace of paramodern meaning.  Starting from
     the interrogation of subject-positions in all four of these
     writers, proceeding through an analysis of the
     tendentiousness of fragmentation as a function of aesthetic
     construction, the essay demonstrates how in _The Gay
     Science_, some of Derrida's essays, Blanchot's _The Step
     Not Beyond_ and Beckett's _How It Is_ and _The Unnamable_,
     the conjoint theme of self-parody operates to reverse and
     undermine the modernist tradition.  - SB

Daniel R. White and Gert Hellerich, "Nietzsche at the Altar:  
	Situating the Devotee"

     ABSTRACT: This essay argues that Nietzsche's critique of
     Christianity may be connected, via Bataille, Bateson,
     Derrida et al., with his critical vision of modernization,
     so as to reveal and genealogically situate the metaphysical
     bases of Western neoimperialism: including Eurocentrism,
     militarism, scientism and patriarchy.  In order to
     practice a critical, recursive epistemology, the essay is
     cast in the form of a philosophical drama set
     (anachronistically) at a nine inch nails concert during the
     Gulf War.  Nietzsche and others appear as characters on
     stage, introduced by a Narrator.  Their dialogue is
     intertextual.  Application of Nietzsche's critique to
     popular culture in the US, particularly as revealed in
     Kellner's _The Persian Gulf TV War_, exposes the idolatry
     and  imagology of  American self-righteousness: a secular
     religion of "power over" the Other.  As an alternative,
     Nietzsche's philosophy of laughter is combined with
     Bateson's theory of play and Cixous' %jouissance% to
     propose a cultural semiotics of immanent divinity where the
     transcendent god returns to the interplay of communicative
     practice in an electronic renaissance.  Thus the hierarchic
     scheme of domination is to be transformed into the mutual
     celebration of life through %die frohliche Wissenschaft%:
     the Joyous Science. - DW

Peter Consenstein, "Memory and Oulipian Constraint"

     ABSTRACT: Founded originally in 1960 by Raymond Queneau and
     Francois Le Lionnais, the group Oulipo (Ouvroir de
     litterature potentielle -- The Workshop of Potential
     Literature) uses structural constraints as its method to
     generate texts.  Pre-existent structures, the sonnet for
     example, are often at the base of the group member's
     constraints, and I am advancing the notion that the
     oulipian text's conscientiously designed structures help
     the reader to remember the story being told.  Since
     literary history serves as the original stockpile for
     contemporary constraints, the oulipian text also helps the
     reader to remember past literature.  However, the act of
     innovation on past structures simultaneously destroys and
     recalls, thus creating a tense fault line between the past
     and the present.  My analysis of Jacques Roubaud's _La
     Boucle_, Georges Perec's _La vie mode d'emploi_, and Italo
     Calvino's _If on a winter's night a traveler_ concentrates
     on the constraints that drive their novels, and discusses
     how, according to oulipian credo, the constraints are
     integral to the stories being related.  Faced with
     postmodern theory, I suggest that their creations are more
     than early examples of postmodern "%ecriture%" because the
     constraints they adhere to expand the limits of their
     creativity.  The oulipian text, therefore, is invested with
     the author's search for self, or a part of his or her soul,
     because it relates a test of his or her creative limits.
     Finally, I give evidence that their constraints resemble
     the mnemotechniques of medieval writing.  Having
     philologically linked their constraints to the underlying
     construct of medieval texts, I attempt to situate oulipian
     writing theoretically.  Is it truly an example of that
     which we call postmodern, or, more obtusely, is it not an
     author's soulful attempt to reclaim and profit from the
     technical and formal elements of writing? - PC

Jeffrey T. Nealon, "'Junk' and the Other: Burroughs and Levinas 
	on Drugs"

     ABSTRACT: This essay takes up the ethical imperatives of
     infinite desire in Levinas and Burroughs.  For Levinas, the
     desire at play in the encounter with the other person is a
     "%sens unique%," an unrecoverable movement outward, a
     one-way direction:  a "movement of the Same toward the
     Other which never returns to the Same."  As Burroughs's
     Sailor reminds us, however, there may be no better
     description of addiction:  "Junk is a one-way street.  No
     U-turn.  You can't go back no more."  Burroughs's exterior
     movements encounter an other that is other to the
     Levinasian widow, stranger or orphan -- an other, finally,
     that is other to the human and the privileges of the human
     that the philosophical discourse of ethics all-too-often
     takes for granted.  This essay will attempt to track what
     happens when Levinas's humanism of the other person comes
     face-to-face with junk, with what Burroughs calls "the face
     of 'evil' [that] is always the face of total need." - JN

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