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Thomas Brudholm

Most current talk of forgiveness and reconciliation in the aftermath of collective violence proceeds from an assumption that forgiveness is always superior to resentment and refusal to forgive. Victims who demonstrate a willingness to forgive are often celebrated as virtuous moral models, while those who refuse to forgive are frequently seen as suffering from a pathology. Resentment is viewed as a negative state, held by victims who are not “ready” or “capable” of forgiving and healing.

Resentment’s Virtue offers a new, more nuanced view. Building on the writings of Holocaust survivor Jean Améry and the work of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Thomas Brudholm argues that the preservation of resentment can be the reflex of a moral protest that might be as permissible, humane or honorable as the willingness to forgive. Taking into account the experiences of victims, the findings of truth commissions, and studies of mass atrocities, Brudholm seeks to enrich the philosophical understanding of resentment.

Le livre.

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Una escritura revolucionaria 1

An ancient article, that we will start reading again from our current perspective. The “boom” is a term borrowed from industry, as the author points out.

Desde hace unos diez años los desafíos de las letras hispanoamericanas han pasado al primer piano de la consideración critica. Una literatura semi-colonial — marginalizada por el subdesarrollo de un continente aan en manos de capitales extranjeros — se ha convertido en menos de una década en una
de las literaturas centrales de esta época. Este fenómeno de expansión . . . se ha concentrado naturalmente en la novela: género mas accesible aunque, por la manera experimental como lo trabajan los hispanoamericanos,
no tan popular como parece. . . .

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Book notes for June

There is this Cambria Press, whose general editor is Román de la Campa, and it requires no subsidy … and it has a book on Central American avant-garde narrative. Here is its complete list.

The University of New Mexico is bringing out a book about Navajo hero twins, by Nolan Karras James, and other interesting books on Native American themes, particularly one about Inca resistance.

Duke has the new Gloria Anzaldúa I need and I wonder if I should present my contrarian views on her at ERIP or LASA. There are a couple of new books on race and music in the Caribbean, on how racial democracy privileges whiteness and praises blackness in theory but does not support it in practice. There is also a book, Cachita’s Streets, which I would really like to use for my cultural studies class or classes, and Indian Given, a book that could be helpful to think about race with. (I would like to see all of these books in libraries, and not have to buy and keep them; this, again, is why I should be going to New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Austin often — and to some extent, Houston.

There is an issue of differences — a journal I should look at more — where Balibar discusses Althusser and “reanimates his concept of ideology as an analytic tool for contemporary cultural and political critique,” and one of SAQ, another journal I should look at more, on 1970s feminism, and there are more studies on different aspects of race.

In short, I should leave every weekend, to one of the four aforementioned cities; I should drive Friday starting as early as possible, go out that night and then sit and read Saturday, stroll Sunday morning and drive back late. (If it is Baton Rouge, of course, I should just go in early Saturday morning.)

From Vanderbilt there is a must-have for teaching: Jerome Branche’s Black Writing, Culture, and the State in Latin America. I could use it as a textbook in Fall, 2017, for instance; especially since it comes as an e-book for $9.99. We could read this and some of the texts it discusses, and see films; it would be a great class, so I have ordered the book.

Also from Vanderbilt there is also a cultural history of the 19th century from this press but I looked at it in page proofs and it seemed thin; it might be something for cultural studies classes, though, for people to do reviews of.

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A book from 1874

“Our American system of diet is altogether bad. There is too great variety, the food is too rich, the cooking is often very bad, we eat too frequently, and we eat at the wrong times.”

“One of my sincere regrets in life is, that I prepared about fifty young men for college.”

“In this country of consumptives, [social singing] is especially valuable in fortifying the pulmonary apparatus.”

Read it all–I learned of it from Hattie. It is a book about health for girls, it is not all wrong, and it is marvelously worded.

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Trois jours de beauté

Et une semaine de bonté, peut-être.

Là, tout n’est qu’ordre et beauté,
Luxe, calme et volupté.

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Wendy Brown

Still, if we are slipping from liberalism to fascism, and if radical democracy or socialism is nowhere on the political horizon, don’t we have to defend liberal democratic institutions and values? Isn’t this the lesson of Weimar? I have labored to suggest that this is not the right diagnosis of our predicament: it does not grasp what is at stake in neoliberal governmentality—which is not fascism—nor on what grounds it might be challenged. Indeed, the left defense of the welfare state in the 1980s, which seemed to stem from precisely such an analysis—“if we can’t have socialism, at least we should preserve welfare state capitalism”—backfired from just such a misdiagnosis. On the one hand, rather than articulating an emancipatory vision that included the eradication rather than regulation of poverty, the Left appeared aligned with big government, big spending, and misplaced compassion for those construed as failing to give their lives proper entrepreneurial shape. On the other hand, the welfare state was dismantled on grounds that had almost nothing to do with the terms of liberal democracy and everything to do with neoliberal economic and political rationality. We are not simply in the throes of a right-wing or conservative positioning within liberal democracy but rather at the threshold of a different political formation, one that conducts and legitimates itself on different grounds from liberal democracy even as it does not immediately divest itself of the name. It is a formation that is developing a domestic imperium correlative with a global one, achieved through a secretive and remarkably agentic state; through corporatized media, schools, and prisons; and through a variety of technologies for intensified local administrative, regulatory, and police powers. It is a formation made possible by the production of citizens as individual entrepreneurial actors across all dimensions of their lives, by the reduction of civil society to a domain for exercising this entrepreneurship, and by the figuration of the state as a firm whose products are rational individual subjects, an expanding economy, national security, and global power.

That is here. In a book from Princeton. And she has a new book.

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On subjectivity, language and the body

I am plagiarizing this post from the Facebook page of a colleague, and hope that is all right. Look:

Correspondences:

Adorno on Benjamin:
“Despite extreme individuation […] Benjamin seems empirically hardly to have been a person at all, rather an arena of movement in which content forced its way, through him, into language.”

Jim Siegel on Clifford Geertz:
“Geertz lectured with an intensity I had never before seen…Geertz to me was not a person but an image of the flow of words through a human body…Geertz, more than anyone else I met as a student, showed me that words need not stay inside the head even if one has no method. All you had to do was connect the parts of your body with them.”

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