symploke

symploke

Edited by Jeffrey R. Di Leo

ISSN 1069-0697

eISSN 1534-0627

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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.

Table Of Contents

Volume 28, Numbers 1 & 2 (2020)

Editor’s Note
Jeffrey R. Di Leo

Control
Control, Again
Robin Truth Goodman

Gestures of Control
Aaron Jaffe

“I Live in Dystopia”
Aaron Jaffe with Cristina Iuli

The Paranoid Style in Postcritique
Frida Beckman

Fantasies of Control
Kenneth J. Saltman 

The “Limits of Control”
S. E. Gontarski 

Digital Index
Marc Kohlbry

Infrastructure Beyond Control
Jessica Hurley

Control after Cybernetics
Andrew Culp

What Society?
Cristina Iuli

Platforms of Control
Michael F. Miller

Out of Control
Rita Raley

General Articles
American Fascism
Brad Evans and Henry A. Giroux

“What’s Fragile Is Always New”
Rudolphus Teeuwen

“The Collier’s Small, Mean Head”
Peter Hitchcock

There’s No Such Thing as a Cat Person
Luke Johnson

The Mirror of Attention
Alan Singer

Chinese Anthologies
Qin Dan, Joe Lockard, and Shih Penglu

(Re-)Envisioning a Post-Human Ethics
Keith Moser

Life-Stories
James Dutton

Interventions
World Theory
John Michael

Philosophy Between Land and Sea
Brian O’Keeffe

The World of World Literature
Anca Parvulescu

Speculative Futures
Nicole Simek

Existentialism as a World Theory
Alex Taek-Gwang Lee

Said’s Worldliness
H. Aram Veeser

Reformations
American Literature in Bloom
Jeffrey R. Di Leo

Eloquence
Robert L. Caserio

Whipping Homer, Cudgeling Shakespeare
Ranjan Ghosh

Drama and Bloom’s Canon
Gina Masucci MacKenzie

The Content of Culture
Daniel Rosenberg Nutters

Such Violent Laughter
Alan Singer

Harold Bloom and The American Canon
Daniel T. O’Hara

Reviews
Writing as Resistance
Carol Mastrangelo Bové

On Political Formalism
Robert T. Tally Jr.

Necropolitics Enfleshed
Christopher Breu

Foucaultian Ethics
Sarah Winter

Edward Said, the Novel
H. Aram Veeser

Psychopolitics
Shiqi Lin

Forum
Has Postcritique Run Out of Steam?
with Frida Beckman, Jeffrey R. Di Leo, Jane Gallop, Jeffrey T. Nealon, and Bruce Robbins

Interviews
History Below Deck: An Interview with Marcus Rediker
Jeffrey J. Williams

Multidimensionality: An Interview with Roderick A. Ferguson
Jeffrey J. Williams

Book Notes

Notice to Contributors

Notes on Contributors

Forthcoming Issues 

Submissions & Book Reviews

Statement of Publishing Ethics


For the most current information about upcoming issues, visit www.symploke.org

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  <editor@symploke.org>

Editorial Board

Editor-in-Chief
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

Announcements

Call for Papers: Theorizing Asia

Focus Editor: Alex Taek-Gwang Lee

Asia is not self-evident. The region called Asia was culturally defined after the Russia-Japan War and geopolitically designed after the Second World War. Modern Asia was the historical byproduct of colonialism and its effects; the rise of nationalism in Asia was collective resistance to colonial modernization. Modernity in Asia has been the consequence of the dialectical process between modernization and counter-modernization. Its complicated historical background registers the strong demand of ”Asian theory” for analyzing the structure of Asian modernity. Recently, as participating in the global distribution of labor, contemporary Asia has attracted many scholars not only for its rapid economic development, but its cultural products. Asian contemporary artists and writers have critically acclaimed for their successful recognition. This issue aims to bring together various theoretical interventions into Asian literature, contemporary art and culture as well as any inquiry into the intellectual history of critical theory in Asia. Focus will be placed on the dynamic relation between Western theory and Asian intellectual history.

Deadline for submissions: 1 August 2021. Instructions for submissions.


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