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The Culture of Boredom is a collection of essays by well-known specialists reflecting from philosophical, literary, and artistic perspectives, in which the reader will learn how different disciplines can throw light on such an appealing, challenging, yet still not fully understood, phenomenon. The goal is to clarify the background of boredom, and to explore its representation through forgotten cross-cutting narratives beyond the typical approaches, i.e. those of psychology or psychiatry. For the first time this experienced group of scholars gathers to promote a cross-border dialogue from a multidisciplinary perspective.
Kazimierz Kelles-Krauz was an extraordinary figure on the Polish political scene at the turn of the 20th century. A Marxist and patriot, academic and politician, Kelles-Krauz was most known for his efforts to reconcile the needs of the nation with international socialism. This volume, however, offers a selection of his writings centred on the history of ideas, published for the first time in English. Kelles-Krauz’s works, while Marxist at heart, linked ideas stemming from the concepts of German idealists, French positivists, as well as contemporary sociologists who offered a bridge between research on individuals and the workings of social systems. Kelles-Krauz, however, repeatedly transcended Marxist tenets, focusing on the construction of traditions, social norms, and the social role of art.

This edited volume was first published in Polish as Kazimierz Kelles-Krauz: Marksizm a socjologia. Wybór pism by Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego in 2014. This current work has been revised and translated into English.
Belonging and Becoming in Self-Testimony
In Black South African Autobiography After Deleuze: Belonging and Becoming in Self-Testimony, Kgomotso Michael Masemola uses Gilles Deleuze’s theories of immanence and deterritorialization to explore South African autobiography as both the site and the limit of intertextual cultural memory. Detailing the intertextual turn that is commensurate with belonging to the African world and its diasporic reaches through the Black Atlantic, among others, this book covers autobiographies from Peter Abrahams to Es’kia Mphahlele, from Ellen Kuzwayo to Nelson Mandela. It proceeds further to reveal wider dimensions of angst and belonging that attend becoming through transcultural memory. Kgomotso Michael Masemola successfully marshalls Deleuzean theories in a sophisticated re-reading that makes clear the autobiographers’ epistemic access to wor(l)ds beyond South Africa.

Awareness in and beyond Experience
Presence of the Body provides an interdisciplinary forum for the dialogue between theory and practice about the impact of the body on human awareness in the fields of art, writing, meditative practice, and performance. This dialogue benefits from the neuro-systematic integration of “embodied” knowledge in the cognitive sciences, but it also suggests creative and transformative dynamics of embodiment which, beyond conceptualisation, emerge in sophisticated acts of writing, performing and meditating.
Exploring the presence and experience character of the body-awareness relationship, a double perspective beyond cognitive fixations is suggested: 1) a body-centred touch of the world which inspires life as a creative ‘writing’ process, and 2) in line with Buddhist thought, an empty space of ‘pure presence’ from which all conscious processes originate.
Ce numéro de Marcel Proust Aujourd’hui, ‘Sensations proustiennes’, regroupe une dizaine articles, en français, traitant de de la notion de ‘sensation’ sous plusieurs perspectives : une recherche basée sur la sémiotique et la phénoménologie ; une approche partant des portraits de peintres dans Les Plaisirs et les Jours ; une étude de l’ivresse ; la chambre en tant qu’espace générateur d’une part, polysignifiant de l’autre ; l’érotisme d’Albertine, ainsi que la transposition des sensations dans le domaine du cinéma. En plus des études sur ‘le roman noir’, sur les modalités de la traduction et sur le dynamisme des titres chez Proust complètent ce panorama.

Avec des contributions de: Joel Candau ; Thomas Carrier-Lafleur ; Fanny Daubigny ; Rokus Hofstede ; Sjef Houppermans ; Farzaneh Karimian ; Guillaume Lavoie; Cristian Micu ; Bérengère Moricheau-Airaud ; Thomas Muzart ; Philippe Robichaud ; Philippe Willemart ; Manet van Montfrans ; Nell de Hullu-van Doeselaar ; Annelies Schulte Nordholt ; Sjef Houppermans
In The Marriage of Aesthetics and Ethics, fifteen authors reflect on the nature of friendship and love and on the complex relation between art and morality.

Karl Verstrynge, Vincent Caudron, Anne Christine Habbard, and Walter Jaeschke draw from authors from Aristotle to Derrida, Montaigne to Kierkegaard, and Hegel to Blanchot to discuss friendship and love. Andreas Arndt, Paul Cobben, Paul Cruysberghs, Gerbert Faure, Simon Truwant, and Margherita Tonon focus on the connection between aesthetics and ethics in the works of Kant, Schiller, Hegel, Schleiermacher, Kierkegaard, Cassirer, and Adorno. Baldine Saint Girons, Stéphane Symons, Marlies De Munck, Stijn De Cauwer, and Willem Styfhals explore the connection between ethical and aesthetic issues in photography, film, music, literature, and the visual arts.
Tout en étant influencée par la théorie esthétique d’Adorno ainsi que par la pensée deleuzienne, L’éthique beckettienne et sa réalisation dans la forme ne cherche pas à formuler son sujet à travers un système philosophique. L’étude se propose bien plus de le développer à partir et à travers les œuvres de Beckett. Plus précisément, elle retrace l’éthique beckettienne au fil d’une analyse portant sur le contenu des œuvres, sur les réflexions poétologiques de Beckett ainsi que sur les évolutions formelles de l’œuvre, évolutions qui ne sont pas seulement décelées dans les œuvres tardives et leurs innovations médiatiques mais dans l’ensemble de la prose et du théâtre de Beckett. Un chapitre sur les préférences de Beckett concernant la peinture illustre les liens entre esthétique et éthique dans l’univers beckettien. Des chapitres sur Sartre, Camus et Ionesco axés autour des sujets de la liberté et de la solitude humaine précisent l’originalité de l’éthique beckettienne, éthique ni moderne, ni postmoderne, mais tout à fait pertinente.
In: German Expressionism and the Messianism of a Generation
In: German Expressionism and the Messianism of a Generation
In: German Expressionism and the Messianism of a Generation