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Herman Melville and the Politics of the Inhuman

20 nov 2018 17:00 - 19:00
University of Sussex
Arts Building
Room B217
Brighton, BN1 9RH

Intervention de Michael Jonik (résident 2018-2019 de l'IEA de Paris) dans le cadre du séminaire "Sussex Eighteenth-and-Nineteeth Century", à propos de son ouvrage Herman Melville and the Politics of the Inhuman (Cambridge, 2018)

Présentation de l'ouvrage

Studies of the writing of Herman Melville are often divided among those that address his political, historical, or biographical dimensions and those that offer creative theoretical readings of his texts. In Herman Melville and the Politics of the Inhuman, Michael Jonik offers a series of nuanced and ambitious philosophical readings of Melville that unite these varied approaches. Through a careful reconstruction of Melville's interaction with philosophy, Jonik argues that Melville develops a notion of the 'inhuman' after Spinoza's radically non-anthropocentric and relational thought. Melville's own political philosophy, in turn, actively disassembles differences between humans and nonhumans, and the animate and inanimate. Jonik has us rethink not only how we read Melville, but also how we understand our deeply inhuman condition.

Participants à la table ronde

Richard Adelman on Idleness and Aesthetic Consciousness, 18151900 (Cambridge, 2018)
Richard Adelman and Catherine Packham on Political Economy, Literature, and the Formation of Knowledge, 17201850(Routledge, 2018)
Hannah Field on Playing with the Book: Victorian Movable Picture Books and the Child Reader (Minnesota, forthcoming 2019)
Michael Jonik on Herman Melville and the Politics of the Inhuman (Cambridge, 2018)

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