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Fort, Jeff 1966-

Works: 23 works in 80 publications in 1 language and 4,190 library holdings
Genres: Interviews  History  Poetry  Fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Allegories  Psychological fiction  Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Translator, Author, Author of introduction
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Most widely held works about Jeff Fort
Most widely held works by Jeff Fort
Copy, archive, signature : a conversation on photography by Jacques Derrida( )

13 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 1,529 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book makes available for the first time in English--and for the first time in its entirety in any language--an important yet little-known interview on the topic of photography that Jacques Derrida granted in 1992 to the German theorist of photography Hubertus von Amelunxen and the German literary and media theorist Michael Wetzel. Their conversation addresses, among other things, questions of presence and its manufacture, the technicity of presentation, the volatility of the authorial subject, and the concept of memory. Derrida offers a penetrating intervention with regard to the distinctive nature of photography vis-à-vis related technologies such as cinema, television, and video. Questioning the all-too-facile divides between so-called old and new media, original and reproduction, analog and digital modes of recording and presenting, he provides stimulating insights into the ways in which we think and speak about the photographic image today. Along the way, the discussion fruitfully interrogates the question of photography in relation to such key concepts as copy, archive, and signature. Gerhard Richter introduces the volume with a critical meditation on the relationship between deconstruction and photography by way of the concepts of translation and invention. Copy, Archive, Signature will be of compelling interest to readers in the fields of contemporary European critical thought, photography, aesthetic theory, media studies, and French Studies, as well as those following the singular intellectual trajectory of one the most influential thinkers of our time
The imperative to write : destitutions of the sublime in Kafka, Blanchot, and Beckett by Jeff Fort( )

9 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 714 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Is writing haunted by a categorical imperative? Does the Kantian sublime continue to shape the writer's vocation, even for twentieth-century authors? What precise shape, form, or figure does this residue of sublimity take in the fictions that follow from itand that leave it in ruins? This book explores these questions through readings of three authors who bear witness to an ambiguous exigency: writing as a demanding and exclusive task, at odds with life, but also a mere compulsion, a drive without end or reason, even a kind of torture. If Kafka, Blanchot, and Beckett mimic a sublime vocation i
French theory : how Foucault, Derrida, Deleuze, & Co. transformed the intellectual life of the United States by François Cusset( Book )

5 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 553 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores how the French theory of philosophy, which became popular during the last three decades of the twentieth century, spread to America and examines the critical practices that French theory inspired
Mourning philology : art and religion at the margins of the Ottoman Empire by Marc Nichanian( )

7 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 363 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'Mourning Philology' proposes a history of the 19th century national imagination as a reaction to the two main philological inventions of that century: 'mythological religion' and the 'native'. This history is illustrated with the case of the Armenians in the Ottoman Empire. The book offers an account of the successive stages (archeological, self-ethnographic, and aesthetical) of the implementation of orientalist philology, through which the nation came to existence. It is also part of a general reflection on the nature of the Catastrophe and the way it destroys the possibility of mourning
The Claude glass : use and meaning of the black mirror in western art by Arnaud Maillet( Book )

3 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 329 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Arnaud Maillet's The Claude Glass is a contribution to the history of Western visual culture. In this first full-length study of a largely forgotten optical device from the eighteenth-century, Maillet reconfigures our historical understanding of visual experience and meaning in relation to notions of opacity, transparency, and imagination. Many are familiar with the Claude glass as a small black convex mirror used by artists and spectators of landscape to reflect a view and make tonal values and areas of light and shade visible. Maillet, in this account, goes well beyond this particular function of the glass and situates it within a richer archaeology of Western thought, exploring the uncertainties and anxieties about mirrors, reflections, and their potential distortions
Aminadab by Maurice Blanchot( Book )

2 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 220 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thomas enters a boarding house, but can't seem to leave
The loop by Jacques Roubaud( Book )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this first English translation of Roubaud's second novel in the series begun with "The Great Fire of London", the author returns to memory as an antidote for his depression after the tragic death of his young wife in 1983
The banality of Heidegger by Jean-Luc Nancy( Book )

5 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 141 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jean-Luc Nancy provides an analysis of the anti-Semitic aspects of Heidegger's recently published Black Notebooks. Nancy refers to a philosophical or "historial" anti-Semitism marked, nonetheless, by the "banality" of ordinary anti-Semitism pervading Europe. Heidegger's thought is placed in the broader context of the European (especially Christian) impulse toward new beginnings
Poétique de l'histoire by Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe( )

1 edition published in 2019 in English and held by 100 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poetics of History places Rousseau at the origin of modern speculative philosophy by showing that his thinking on the theater, despite its dependence on a false and conventional reading of Aristotle, nonetheless articulates a radical thinking of originary mimesis, and, well before Hegel, an understanding of catharsis as Aufhebung
The ground of the image by Jean-Luc Nancy( )

8 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

If anything marks the image, it is a deep ambivalence. Denounced as superficial, illusory, and groundless, images are at the same time attributed with exorbitant power and assigned a privileged relation to truth. Mistrusted by philosophy, forbidden and embraced by religions, manipulated as?spectacle? and proliferated in the media, images never cease to present their multiple aspects, their paradoxes, their flat but receding spaces. What is this power that lies in the depths and recesses of an image?which is always only an impenetrable surface? What secrets are concealed in the ground or in the
Profanations by Giorgio Agamben( Book )

5 editions published between 2007 and 2015 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben has always been an original reader of texts, understanding their many rich historical, aesthetic, and political meanings and effects. In Profanations, Agamben has assembled for the first time some of his most pivotal essays on photography, the novel, and film. A meditation on memory and oblivion, on what is lost and what remains, Profanations proves yet again that Agamben is one of the most provocative writers of our time. In ten essays, Agamben ponders a series of literary and philosophical problems: the relation among genius, ego, and theories of subjectivity; the problem of messianic time as explicated in both images and lived experience; parody as a literary paradigm; and the potential of magic to provide an ethical canon. The range of topics and themes addressed here attest to the creativity of Agamben's singular mode of thought and his persistent concern with the act of witnessing, sometimes futile, sometimes earth-shattering. "In Praise of Profanity," the central essay of this short but dense book, confronts the question of profanity as the crucial political task of the moment. An act of resistance to every form of separation, the concept of profanation reorients perceptions of how power, consumption, and use interweave to produce an urgent political modality and desire: to profane the unprofanable. Agamben not only provides a new and potent theoretical model but describes it with a writerly style that itself forges inescapable links among literature, politics, and philosophy." From back cover
The divided city : on memory and forgetting in Ancient Athens by Nicole Loraux( Book )

3 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This title provides an exploration of the roles of conflict and forgetting in ancient Athens. It was Athens, 403 BCE. The bloody oligarchic dictatorship of the Thirty is over, and the democrats have returned to the city victorious. Renouncing vengeance, in an act of willful amnesia, citizens call for - if not invent - amnesty. They agree to forget the unforgettable, the past misfortunes, of civil strife or stasis. More precisely, what they agree to deny is that stasis - simultaneously partisanship, faction, and sedition - is at the heart of their politics. Continuing a criticism of Athenian ideology begun in her pathbreaking study, The Invention of Athens, Nicole Loraux argues that this crucial moment of Athenian political history must be interpreted as constitutive of politics and political life and not as a threat to it. Divided from within, the city is formed by that which it refuses. Conflict, the calamity of civil war, is the other, dark side of the beautiful unitary city of Athens. In a brilliant analysis of the Greek word for voting, diaphora, Loraux underscores the conflictual and dynamic motion of democratic life. Voting appears as the process of dividing up, of disagreement - in short, of agreeing to divide and choose. Not only does Loraux reconceptualise the definition of ancient Greek democracy, she also allows the contemporary reader to rethink the functioning of modern democracy in its critical moments of internal stasis
Towards an ethics of the voice : the imperative to write in Kafka, Blanchot and Beckett by Jeff Fort( )

4 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The dissertation explores the question of an imperative to write as it is articulated in the work of Franz Kafka, Maurice Blanchot and Samuel Beckett. This question is explicit and insistent in each writer's corpus, not only in diaries, letters and critical essays, but also in their fictional narrative works. The latter, I argue, both enact and thematize a relation to writing determined as an ambiguous compulsion: a formal ethical obligation empty of all content which can also be seen as a material and affective drive. This ambiguity turns around a tension, inherent to language itself, between language as a formal and impersonal structure and language as a singular instance of discourse, as a "voice." Such a tension, peculiarly modern, constitutes a link between a highly formalized enlightenment ethics such as Kant's and a less rationalistic conception of obligation and debt such as that found in Heidegger's discussion of conscience and anxiety. These philosophical references, together with references to important literary forerunners such as Holderlin and Flaubert, help to situate the detailed readings of these three authors' works which make up the largest part of the dissertation, readings which stress the historical dimensions of these texts (so often accused of being a-historical) in terms of the aesthetic and narrative strategies they employ. The very possibility of narrative fiction becomes for these writers a historical dilemma in which the relation of a singular voice to the material it would narrate is so tenuous that it must be mediated by an absolute, paradoxical and even painful imperative. The result is a strange poetic responsibility, an obligation to bear witness to a truth that cannot be spoken, by naming worlds (fictions) which do not exist. Such, I conclude, are the terms of a "realism" which, at this point in history, bears on any literary writing committed to an articulation of non-religious transcendence
Imperative to Write: Destitutions of the Sublime in Kafka by Jeff Fort( )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Heidegger and the politics of poetry by Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe( Book )

2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

& Quot;Heidegger and politics. This complex and often unsavory mixture has generated a great deal of discussion, which has usually focused on one thing: Heidegger's involvement in the Nazi Party. But what if Heidegger's "political thought" were to be found less in his misadventures with party politics than in the most central and imperative moment of his thought itself, namely its encounter with poetry - that is, its encounter with Holderlin? What if Heidegger's reading of Holderlin is what, paradoxically, both distinguished him from the Nazis and made of him "the thinker of the essence of National Socialism"?" "Such is the claim resonating throughout the lectures here. It leads directly into another problematic but much less visible pairing: Heidegger and myth."--Besedilo z ovitka
Action and reaction : the life and adventures of a couple by Jean Starobinski( Book )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Action and Reaction is a semantic and philological history, a literary history, a history of medicine, and a history of the biological sciences. Concentrating especially on the moment when scientific language and ordinary language diverge, the author offers a genealogy of the human and natural sciences through their usage of the metaphors action and reaction. The author analyses the scientific, literary, and political effects of the terms action and reaction in describing and explaining the material universe, the living body, the events of history, and psychological behavior."--Jacket
For what tomorrow : a dialogue by Jacques Derrida( Book )

2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This dialogue, proposed to Jacques Derrida by historian Elisabeth Roudinesco, brings together two friends who share a common history and intellectual heritage. While their perspectives are different, they have many common references: psychoanalysis, above all, but also the authors and works that have come to be known as "post-structuralist."
The act of being : the philosophy of revelation in Mullā Sadrā by Christian Jambet( Book )

3 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This study by Christian Jambet explores the essential merits of the philosophical system of Mulla Sadra Shirazi, an Iranian Shi'ite of the seventeenth century. The writings of Mulla Sadra Shirazi (1571-1640) bear witness to the divine revelation in every act of being, from the most humble to the most eminent. More generally, Islamic philosophy employs an ontology that belongs to our own universe of thought. Jambet's study seeks to make sense of this intuition of the real, nourished by the Sufism of Ibn al-Arabi, the philosophy of classic Islam, the thought inherited from the Greeks, and the esoteric and mystical dimensions of Shi'ism."--Jacket
Myth and thought among the Greeks by Jean-Pierre Vernant( Book )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

When Jean-Pierre Vernant first published Myth and Thought among the Greeks in 1965, it transformed the field of ancient Greek scholarship, calling forth a new way to think about Greek myth and thought. In eighteen essays--three of which, along with a new preface, are translated into English for the first time--Vernant freed the subject of ancient Greece from its philological chains and reread the questions of "muthos" and "logos" within multifaced and transdisciplinary contexts--of religion, ritual, and art, philosophy, science, social and economic institutions, and historical psychology. A major contribution to both the humanities and the social sciences, Myth and Thought among the Greeks aims to come to terms with a single, essential question: How were individual persons in ancient Greece inseparable from a social and cultural environment of which they were simultaneously the creators and products? Seven themes organize this stellar work--from "Myth Structures" and "Mythic Aspects of Memory and Time" to "The Organization of Space," "Work and Technological Thought," and "Personal Identity and Religion." A master storyteller, an innovative, precise, and original thinker, Vernant continues to change the narratives we tell about the histories of civilizations and the histories of human beings in their individual and collective identities.--Publisher
The declared enemy : texts and interviews by Jean Genet( Book )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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French theory : how Foucault, Derrida, Deleuze, & Co. transformed the intellectual life of the United States
French theory : how Foucault, Derrida, Deleuze, & Co. transformed the intellectual life of the United StatesThe Claude glass : use and meaning of the black mirror in western artAminadabThe loopThe ground of the imageProfanationsThe divided city : on memory and forgetting in Ancient AthensHeidegger and the politics of poetry
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