Edited by Jeffrey R. Di Leo

ISSN 1069-0697

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symplokē is a comparative theory and literature journal, committed to interdisciplinary studies, intellectual pluralism, and open discussion. The journal takes its name from the Greek word "symploke", which can mean interweaving, interlacing, connection, and struggle. It is a forum for scholars from a variety of disciplines to exchange ideas in innovative ways. Most of the journal's issues address topics of special interest that open new avenues of inquiry and research. Scholarship focusing on the interrelationship of philosophy, literature, cultural criticism, and intellectual history is of particular interest. However, articles on any aspect of the intermingling of discourses and disciplines will be considered. symplokē received the Phoenix Award 2000 for Outstanding Editorial Achievement from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals.

A journal of the American Comparative Literature Association.

Table Of Contents

Volume 26, Numbers 1 & 2 (2018)   read it on Project MUSE   read it on JSTOR

Oceania in Theory

Editor’s Note
Jeffrey R. Di Leo

Oceania in Theory
Maebh Long

Acts of Rememory in Oceania
Sudesh Mishra

Cartographies of the Vā
Caroline Sinavaiana Gabbard

Vanua in the Anthropocene
Maebh Long

“Where Will This River Flow?”
David O’Donnell

Kanaka Maoli Modernism
Paul Lyons

Movies and Pacific Modernities
Matthew Hayward

Oceanian Pain in the Nuclear Epoch
Lea Lani Kinikini Kauvaka

Ironies of Pastoral Narcissism
Corey Wakeling

General Articles
Higher Education and Authoritarianism
Henry A. Giroux

Multicultural American Literature
W. Lawrence Hogue

The Economy of Desire
Ansu Louis

The Daemonic Life of Objects
Dill on Rockrohr

The Untimely Present
Abram Foley

The Ecology of Kandinsky’s Abstraction
Isabel Sobral Campos

Long Live the Old Flesh
Travis Alexander

Shakespeare’s Imitation Game
John Freeman

Jacob’s Ladder in Modern Lyrical Poetry
Felix Schmelzer

The Critic as Mime
Nidesh Lawtoo

Dream a Little Dream of Not Me
Richard Hardack

“I Develop a Flame for the Bed"
Herman Rapaport

The Politics of Undeserved Happiness
Zahi Zalloua

Spreading Privilege
Robin Truth Goodman

All PhDs are not Created Equal
Jeffrey R. Di Leo

When Cultural Politics is Privatized
Kenneth J. Saltman

The Fantasies of Privilege
Jacob Blevins

Super Deluxe Whiteness
Steven Delmagori

Parables of the Anonymous God
Daniel T. O’Hara

Mother Trouble
David Greven

Figures of Cofiguration
Lucas Klein

A Thousand Plateaus for Neocon Bros
Michael F. Miller

The Lasting Impressions of Biopower
Benjamin J. Murphy

On the Varieties of the Nonhuman
Todd Hoffman

Rethinking Paul de Man with Ian Balfour, Lee Edelman, Tom Eyers, and Avery Slater

Politics and Criticism: An Interview with Bruce Robbins
Jeffrey J. Williams

Planting a Flag for Socialism: An Interview with Bhaskar Sunkara
Jeffrey J. Williams

Book Notes

Notice to Contributors

Notes on Contributors

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Manuscripts of any length which are appropriate to the aims of symploke will be considered, although those between 4,000 and 6,500 words (approximately 16-26 typed, double-spaced pages) are preferred. Please keep in mind that  submitted manuscripts need not only be intended for an upcoming special issue. General submissions of high quality are encouraged. The editors reserve the right to make stylistic alterations in the interest of clarity. Authors will receive a complimentary copy of the journal. All submissions must strictly follow the guidelines for copy preparation listed below. Articles not conforming to these guidelines may be sent back to the author for revision.

Preparation of Copy
1. All submissions must provide a complete listing of references, and if necessary, use footnotes rather than endnotes.
2. Footnotes should generally consist only of references and are to be consecutively numbered throughout the manuscript.
3. References must include the names of publishers as well as places of publication. Also include full names and a complete listing of translators and editors.
4. The format of the manuscript must conform to the MLA Style Manual (the 2016 edition is preferable, although the 2009 edition is acceptable).
5. Submit manuscripts in duplicate. If the manuscript was word-processed, include a copy of your IBM- or Macintosh-compatible disk.  Microsoft Word or a plain ASCII file is preferable.
6. All quotations, titles, names and dates must be double-checked for accuracy.
7. All articles must be written in English.
8. This journal has a policy of blind peer reviewing; hence, the author’s name should not appear in the manuscript and a separate title page must be  provided.
9. Material not kept for publication will be returned if accompanied by a stamped, self-addressed envelope.
10. Address  submissions  to:  symploke,  Editor  Jeffrey  R.  Di  Leo,  School  of  Arts  and  Sciences,  3007  North  Ben  Wilson,  University  of  Houston-Victoria,  Victoria,  TX  77901-5731    Office  361-570-4222    Fax   361-580-5501   Email  <>

Editorial Board

Jeffrey R. Di Leo, University of Houston, Victoria

Associate Editor
Ian Buchanan, University of Wollongong (Australia)

Advisory Board
Charles Altieri, University of California, Berkeley

Eyal Amiran, University of California, Irvine

Emily Apter, New York University

Lauren Berlant, University of Chicago

Michael Bérubé, Penn State University

Chris Breu, Illinois State University

Edward Casey, State University of New York, Stony Brook

Andrew Cole, Princeton University

Claire Colebrook, Penn State University

Stanley Corngold, Princeton University

Lennard J. Davis, University of Illinois, Chicago

Robert Con Davis-Undiano, University of Oklahoma

John Frow, University of Sydney (Australia)

Henry A. Giroux, McMaster University (Canada)

Robin Truth Goodman, Florida State University

Karen Hanson, University of Minnesota

Phillip Brian Harper, New York University

Peter Hitchcock, City University of New York

Vincent B. Leitch, University of Oklahoma

Paisley Livingston, Lingnan University (Hong Kong)

Sophia A. McClennen, Penn State University

Paul Allen Miller, University of South Carolina

Christian Moraru, University of North Carolina, Greensboro

Jeffrey Nealon, Penn State University

David Palumbo-Liu, Stanford University

Marjorie Perloff, Stanford University

Gerald Prince, University of Pennsylvania

Jean-Michel Rabaté, University of Pennsylvania

Gerhard Richter, Brown University

Alan Schrift, Grinnell College

Paul H. Smith, George Mason University

Henry Sussman, Yale University

Mark C. Taylor, Columbia University

Jeffrey J. Williams, Carnegie Mellon University


Call for Papers: "Control"
Focus Editors: Robin Truth Goodman and Aaron Jaffe 

”Control is not discipline,” famously argued Gilles Deleuze. The future of neoliberal society for him was not about ”confining people” but rather ”multiplying the means of control” over them. Today, as we grapple with the destructive legacies of neoliberal society, Deleuze’s prognostications about ”control” seem even more prescient. Neoliberal society as a control society seems to be ”never finished with anything — the corporation, the educational system, the armed services being metastable states coexisting in one and the same modulation, like a universal system of deformation” — even if we are finished with it and want to move beyond its destruction and violence. At the present, control modulates conditions of permanent crisis, endless environmental degradation, and creative destruction making every aspect of society less habitable and more insufferable. From the increasing financialization of everyday life to the growing administration and automation of social processes, control has come to take on an expanding and expansive role in the contemporary world — one that is neither ontologized nor automated but rather engineered for polarization and the increasing transfer of wealth upwards. Still, whether the present cultural and political moment calls for a move beyond the conceits of Deleuze and other twentieth-century speculation on control is open for debate. 
Deadline for submissions: 1 August 2019. Instructions for submissions.

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