The present age of omnipresent terrorism is also an era of ever-expanding policing. What is the meaning — and the consequences — of this situation for literature and literary criticism?
Policing Literary Theory attempts to answer these questions presenting intriguing and critical analyses of the interplays between police/policing and literature/literary criticism in a variety of linguistic milieus and literary traditions: American, English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Russian, and others. The volume explores the mechanisms of formulation of knowledge about literature, theory, or culture in general in the post-Foucauldian surveillance society. Topics include North Korean dictatorship, spy narratives, censorship in literature and scholarship, Russian and Soviet authoritarianism, Eastern European cultures during communism, and Kafka’s work. Contributors: Vladimir Biti, Reingard Nethersole, Călin-Andrei Mihăilescu, Sowon Park, Marko Juvan, Kyohei Norimatsu, Péter Hajdu, Norio Sakanaka, John Zilcosky, Yvonne Howell, and Takayuki Yokota-Murakami.
Călin-Andrei Mihăilescu, Ph.D. (1956), is Professor of Comparative Literature, Critical Theory and Hispanic Studies at Western University (London, Canada), and a tetra-lingual writer (of academic writings spanning a number of disciplines, of prose, poetry, essay, children stories, etc.). His recent volumes include
Happy New Fear! (Bucharest, 2011), “Literary Theory and the Sciences” (ed.;
Neohelicon 41.2, 2014), and
Matei Călinescu Festschrift (ed.,
Yearbook of Comparative Literature 59, 2016). His forthcoming books include
Deunamor, Afka and Other Positions,
An Astrocentric World,
One per Year. Takayuki Yokota-Murakami, Ph.D. (1959), Osaka University, is Associate Professor of Russian and Comparative Literature at that university. He has published monographs, translations and many articles on Russian and Japanese literature, including
Don Juan East/West: On the Problematics of Comparative Literature (SUNY P, 1998) and
Futabatei Shimei (Kyoto: Minerva shobo, 2016). He is currently working on a book on the concept of “mother-tongue” in literature and literary criticism.
Table of contents
Notes on ContributorsEditors’ Introduction
Part 1: Theories of Policing in Literature and Literary Criticism
After Theory: Politics against the Police?Vladimir Biti 2
Theory Policing Reading or the Critic as Cop: Revisiting Said’s
The World, the Text, and the Critic
Reingard Nethersole 3
Le cercle carré
: On Spying and ReadingCălin-Andrei Mihăilescu
Part 2: Case Studies
Dear Leader! Big Brother!: On Transparency and Emotional PolicingSowon S. Park 5
The Charisma of TheoryMarko Juvan 6
Within or beyond Policing Norms: Yuri Lotman’s Theory of TheatricalityKyohei Norimatsu 7
The Oppressive and the Subversive Sides of Theoretical DiscoursePéter Hajdu
Part 3: Policing Literary Theory across the World
Roman Nikolayevich Kim and the Strange Plots of His Mystery NovellasNorio Sakanaka 9
Kafka, Snowden, and the Surveillance StateJohn Zilcosky 10
The Genetics of Morality: Policing Science in Dudintsev’s
Yvonne Howell 11
In Lieu of a Conclusion: Policing as a Form of Epistemology – Three Narratives of the Japanese EmpireTakayuki Yokota-MurakamiIndex
Literary scholars and students, and the educated public interested in literature/theory and the cultural significance of contemporary issues in state surveillance, policing, terrorism, political epistemology, subjugation, oppression, etc.