It’s been a while since I have posted here, and the last post I made was for my thesis Dialectics Unbound. The thesis is now in the exciting process of becoming a book, and should be out in the next few months with Punctum Books in the Dead Letter Office Series.
Here’s a description of the book:
Dialectics Unbound re-imagines figures of ontological totality, in and out of writing, first by exploring some lineages of the dialectic, and second by engaging thinkers such as Theodor Adorno and his assertion of nonidentity, Julia Kristeva and her positing of a fourth term of the dialectic, and Fredric Jameson’s treatment of the dialectic as an open totality. By articulating a concept of totalization-without-totality Dialectics Unbound seeks to free the concept of the dialectic from the violence of closure, and then to take this unbound dialectics to the work of writing through a brief examination of parataxis and aphoristics as approaches to writing, both possible and impossible.
And here’s a tentative table of contents:
Chapter 1. Lineages of the Dialectic
Chapter 2. The Violence of Closure
Chapter 3. Totalization without Totality
Chapter 4. Adorno’s Immanent Critique and the Assertion of Nonidentity
Chapter 5. A Fourth Term?
Chapter 6. Kristeva contra Adorno
Chapter 7. Aphoristics and Parataxis
Chapter 8. Minima Moralia and Aesthetic Theory
Afterword and Acknowledgments