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Breu, Christopher

Overview
Works: 63 works in 129 publications in 2 languages and 1,656 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Academic theses 
Roles: Author, Editor, Thesis advisor, Other, wat
Classifications: PS374.M37, 813.509353
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Christopher Breu
Insistence of the material : literature in the age of biopolitics by Christopher Breu( )

15 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 941 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Insistence of the Material engages with recent theories of materiality and biopolitics to provide a radical reinterpretation of experimental fiction in the second half of the twentieth century. In contrast to readings that emphasize the metafictional qualities of these works, Christopher Breu examines this literature's focus on the material conditions of everyday life, from the body to built environments, and from ecosystems to economic production. In Insistence of the Material, Breu rethinks contemporary understandings of biopolitics, affirming the importance of forms of materiality that refuse full socialization and resist symbolic manipulation. Breu considers a range of novels that reflect questions of materiality in a biopolitical era, including William Burroughs's Naked Lunch, Thomas Pynchon's V., J.G. Ballard's Crash, Dodie Bellamy's The Letters of Mina Harker, and Leslie Marmon Silko's Almanac of the Dead. Drawing from accounts of the emergence of immaterial production and biopolitics by Michel Foucault, Giorgio Agamben, Roberto Esposito, and Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri, Breu reveals the confrontational dimensions of materiality itself in a world devoted to the idea of its easy malleability and transcendence. Taking his analysis beyond the boundaries of literature, Breu argues that both materiality and subjectivity form sites of resistance to biopolitical control and that new developments in materialist theory advance a conception of social existence in which materiality--rather than language or culture--is the central term. --Provided by publisher
Hard-boiled masculinities by Christopher Breu( Book )

8 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 366 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the rise of the 'tough guy' during the 20th century in American culture, attempting to explain why the image of 'hard-boiled' masculinity became so dominant after the 1920s. The author considers the work of Hemingway, Dashiell Hammett & many lesser known writers of the early 20th century
Noir Affect by Christopher Breu( )

5 editions published in 2020 in English and held by 183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Noir Affect proposes a new understanding of noir as defined by negative affect. This new understanding emphasizes that noir is, first and foremost, an affective disposition rather than a specific cycle of films or novels associated with a given time period or national tradition. Instead, the essays in Noir Affect trace noir's negativity as it manifests in different national contexts from the United States to Mexico, France, and Japan and in a range of different media, including films, novels, video games, and manga. The forms of affect associated with noir are resolutely negative: These are narratives centered on loss, sadness, rage, shame, guilt, regret, anxiety, humiliation, resentment, resistance, and refusal. Moreover, noir often asks us to identify with those on the losing end of cultural narratives, especially the criminal, the lost, the compromised, the haunted, the unlucky, the cast-aside, and the erotically "perverse," including those whose greatest erotic attachment is to death. Drawing on contemporary work in affect theory, while also re-orienting some of its core assumptions to address the resolutely negative affects narrated by noir, Noir Affect is invested in thinking through the material, bodily, social, and political-economic impact of the various forms noir affect takes. If much affect theory asks us to consider affect as a space of possibility and becoming, Noir Affect asks us to consider affect as also a site of repetition, dissolution, redundancy, unmaking, and decay. It also asks us to consider the way in which the affective dimensions of noir enable the staging of various forms of social antagonism, including those associated with racial, gendered, sexual, and economic inequality. Featuring an Afterword by the celebrated noir scholar Paula Rabinowitz and essays by an array of leading scholars, Noir Affect aims to fundamentally re-orient our understanding of noir
Fit für die Schule / Tests mit Lernzielkontrolle : Tests mit Lernzielkontrolle by Marianne Bellenhaus( Book )

22 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in German and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fit für die Schule / Tests mit Lernzielkontrolle : Tests mit Lernzielkontrolle by Marianne Bellenhaus( Book )

9 editions published between 2006 and 2011 in German and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Noir Affect( )

1 edition published in 2020 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Noir Affect proposes a new understanding of noir as defined by negative affect. This new understanding emphasizes that noir is, first and foremost, an affective disposition rather than a specific cycle of films or novels associated with a given time period or national tradition. Instead, the essays in Noir Affect trace noir's negativity as it manifests in different national contexts from the United States to Mexico, France, and Japan and in a range of different media, including films, novels, video games, and manga.The forms of affect associated with noir are resolutely negative: These are narratives centered on loss, sadness, rage, shame, guilt, regret, anxiety, humiliation, resentment, resistance, and refusal.
Der Teufel und seine Großmutter( Book )

1 edition published in 2016 in German and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Das Lied von der Glocke by Josef Hegenbarth( Book )

1 edition published in 2017 in German and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fit für die Schule / Tests mit Lernzielkontrolle : Tests mit Lernzielkontrolle by Marianne Bellenhaus( Book )

2 editions published between 110 and 2006 in German and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tessloffs Grundschulblock( Book )

2 editions published in 2004 in German and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fit für die Schule / Tests mit Lernzielkontrolle : Tests mit Lernzielkontrolle by Peter Kohring( Book )

2 editions published in 2011 in German and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fit für die Schule / Tests mit Lernzielkontrolle : Tests mit Lernzielkontrolle by Peter Kohring( Book )

2 editions published in 2011 in German and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hard boiled masculinities : fantasizing gender in American literature and pop culture: 1920-1945 by Christopher Breu( )

2 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Subjects of terror : rhetorical education after 9/11 by Teresa A Grettano( )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After 9/11, people developed narratives in order not only to create some discursive representation of the affective experience of trauma, but also to claim space in the shared history of that day. Now past its 10-year mark, 9/11 essentially has become history, even as its presence remains in our daily lives. Dominant cultural narratives of victimhood and victimage, of valor and victory, of resolve and rebuilding have hegemonized, essentially silencing alternative narratives. This dissertation attempts to disrupt that hegemony and argues for the importance of doing so. Through the post-9/11 discourse of terrorism, the recounting of our experience through these narratives continually (re)constitutes us as subjects of terror, further establishing the 21st century cultural logic of trauma in the U.S. Much of the time the articulation of a subject position in post-9/11 discourse has worked purposefully to block certain conversations and force others, but we can work to disrupt this process by investigating these identities in order to analyze how they are constituting meaning in our post-9/11 culture. I argue at the end of this dissertation that there needs to be a more focused study of subject formation in undergraduate liberal arts education through instruction in rhetoric. In particular, there is a need to examine how subjectivities are constructed through mass media and governmental discourses in order to discern how these subject positions act almost as epistemologies, fostering ideological stances that function as Burkean terministic screens. We need to work toward developing a critical literacy that examines not only "facts" presented in the aftermath of 9/11, but also dispositions and subjectivities constructed through its narratives so that students can reclaim agency in their lived experience and also in their construction of their personal and cultural histories
Writing ugly : inciting dissonance and discourse through trauma narratives by Amy L Eggert( )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This dissertation calls for and works to create a new awareness of PTSD and of the literature that is crafted to speak to, about, and for PTSD. The first chapter seeks to [re-]define the trauma narrative and to situate these testimonies as vital cultural artifacts both in raising societal awareness to PTSD and in assisting in the recovery process for individual trauma survivors. The second chapter comprises a collection of creative work, trauma literature that ventures to embody and give voice to the traumatic condition. The final chapter addresses and responds to a call to action posed by current scholarship in creative writing pedagogy by proposing an approach to creative writing instruction through trauma theory as an alternative to the standard workshop format in order to promote more critical thinking, more personal investment, and more social consciousness in the classroom. The dissertation as a whole is aware of and invested in an astute comprehension of trauma theory and its implications for survivors as well as for audiences of both readers and writers. The work within promotes understanding and empathy as the foundations of social betterment
Working it through : women's working-class literature, the working woman's body, and working-class pedagogy by Cherie L Rankin( )

2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Why is there a demon in the house? : reading and fetishizing bad mothers by Brooklynn Lehner( )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this dissertation, I examine the construction and reproduction of fetishistic readings, specifically fetishistic readings of bad mothers. I argue that readers often construct women as bad mothers through a fetishistic logic of disavowal, where each reader must disavow something in order to maintain the sincere belief that a mother is bad. A consequence of this reading practice is that it limits possible interpretations, as anything that potentially contradicts or negates the interpretation of a woman as a bad mother is disavowed. In order to demonstrate the historical continuity of this reading practice, I examine this construction in a variety of narratives from different historical and cultural locations. I also analyze readings from a variety of readers--established scholars, undergraduate students, and fictional characters within texts-- to highlight the pervasiveness of this reading practice. Acknowledging the fetishistic construction of bad mothers is important because it suggests productive ways to alter that construction. Since this reading practice involves readers disavowing any facts or information that have the potential to threaten the fetishistic construction, giving readers more information or knowledge is not going to alter it. Instead, changing fetishistic readings of bad mothers involves changing readers' relationships to the fantasy of the bad mother. In this dissertation, I also consider how fetishistic readings impact the classroom and how to alter those readings in that space. Specifically, I discuss how a pedagogy informed by negative dialectics, standpoint theory, and psychoanalysis can disrupt fetishistic readings. I conclude by illustrating how alternate, reasonable interpretations become visible once these bad mothers are no longer fetishistically read as bad
Noir effect by Christopher Breu( Book )

1 edition published in 2020 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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