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Textual Layering

Contact, Historicity, Critique

Edited by Maria Margaroni; Apostolos Lampropoulos and Christakis Chatzichristou - Contributions by Apostolos Lampropoulos; Frances Restuccia; John Lechte; Judith Wambacq; William Watkin; Michael Beehler; Brendan Moran; Adnan Mahmutovic; Marios Constantinou; Gertrude Postl; Tina Chanter; S. K. Keltner; Kalliopi Nikolopoulou and Elena Tzelepis

Textual Layering: Contact, Historicity, Critique sets out to rethink our relation to textual tradition against the background of several contemporary developments, including the emergence of digital culture, the increasing spectacularization of psychic as well as social life, the renegotiation of historical thinking, and the precarious position of the theoretical humanities within academia. To this end, the volume re-invests the concept of “layering,” a concept currently used in a wide range of fields, including metaphor studies and linguistics, cybernetics, the social sciences, art, and architecture. Drawing on existing definitions of “layering,” the chapters in this book return to and re-appraise some of the most crucial concerns in the post-1960s theoretical scene: that is, concerns over the strained interplay between writing and the body; textuality and history; critique, différance and the feminine; memory, trace, and the immemorial. The aim of the diverse—often polemical—analyses carried out in this volume is to reactivate the critical force of textual tradition today through a renewed appreciation of its historical embeddedness, its libidinal sources, as well as its complex economy of separation and contact, diachronicity and synchronicity, (re)layering and de-layering.

This collection will be of interest to scholars of continental philosophy, literary theory, gender studies, architecture, film and visual culture studies, psychoanalysis, postmodernism, post-colonial studies, and political and social theory.
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Lexington Books
Pages: 322Size: 6 x 9
978-1-4985-0133-0 • Hardback • February 2017 • $110.00 • (£75.00)
978-1-4985-0134-7 • eBook • February 2017 • $104.00 • (£70.00)
Christos Hadjichristos is associate professor of architecture at the University of Cyprus.

Apostolos Lampropoulos is professor of comparative literary and cultural studies at the University Bordeaux Montaigne.

Maria Margaroni is associate professor in literary theory and feminist thought at the University of Cyprus.