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Spanos, William V.

Overview
Works: 59 works in 265 publications in 2 languages and 14,703 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Conference papers and proceedings  Personal narratives‡vAmerican  Biography 
Roles: Author, Editor, Interviewee, Contributor
Classifications: B3279.H49, 822.912093
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Most widely held works about William V Spanos
 
Most widely held works by William V Spanos
The Christian tradition in modern British verse drama: the poetics of sacramental time by William V Spanos( Book )

12 editions published between 1964 and 1967 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,077 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Martin Heidegger and the question of literature : toward a postmodern literary hermeneutics by William V Spanos( Book )

18 editions published between 1976 and 1995 in English and held by 794 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Casebook on existentialism by William V Spanos( Book )

9 editions published between 1966 and 1971 in English and held by 779 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Question of textuality : strategies of reading in contemporary American criticism( Book )

10 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 609 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The end of education : toward posthumanism by William V Spanos( Book )

18 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and held by 443 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this groundbreaking work, William V. Spanos offers a powerful contribution to the impassioned debates about the crisis of the humanities. Drawing from various discourses of contemporary theory (primarily from Heidegger and Foucault), The End of Education constitutes a deconstruction of the discourse and practice of the modern humanist university. Spanos uses and transforms Heidegger's critique of the centered circle of Being in metaphysical, scientific, and humanist
The errant art of Moby-Dick : the canon, the Cold War, and the struggle for American studies by William V Spanos( Book )

12 editions published between 1995 and 2012 in English and held by 439 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Repetitions : the postmodern occasion in literature and culture by William V Spanos( Book )

9 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 435 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The exceptionalist state and the state of exception : Herman Melville's Billy Budd, sailor by William V Spanos( Book )

7 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 353 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Herman Melville and the American calling : the fiction after Moby-Dick, 1851-1857 by William V Spanos( Book )

10 editions published in 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 334 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Oriented by the new Americanist perspective, this book constitutes a rereading of Herman Melville's most prominent fiction after Moby-Dick. In contrast to prior readings of this fiction, William V. Spanos's interpretation takes as its point of departure the theme of spectrality precipitated by the metaphor of orphanage - disaffiliation from the symbolic fatherland, on the one hand, and the myth of American exceptionalism on the other - that emerged as an abiding motif in Melville's creative imagination. This book voices an original argument about Melville's status as an "American" writer, and foregrounds Melville's remarkable anticipation and critique of the exceptionalism that continues to drive American policy in the post-9/11 era."--Jacket
America's shadow : an anatomy of empire by William V Spanos( Book )

17 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 328 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Annotation A study of imperialism that stretches from ancient Rome to the post-Cold War World, this provocative work boldly revises our assumptions about the genealogy of the West. Rather than locating its source in classical Greece, William V. Spanos argues, we should look to ancient Rome, which first articulated the ideas that would become fundamental to the West's imperial project. These founding ideas, he claims, have informed the American national identity and its foreign policy from its origins. The Vietnam War is at the center of this book. In the contradiction between the "free world" logic employed to justify U.S. intervention in Vietnam and the genocidal practices used to realize that logic, Spanos finds the culmination of an imperialistic discourse reaching back to the colonizing rationale of the Roman Empire. Spanos identifies the language of expansion in the "white" metaphors in Western philosophical discourse since the colonization of Greek thought by the Romans. He shows how these metaphors, and their, role in metaphysical discourse, have long been complicit in the violence of imperialism
Heidegger and criticism : retrieving the cultural politics of destruction by William V Spanos( Book )

15 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 312 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The legacy of Edward W. Said by William V Spanos( Book )

12 editions published between 1900 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 303 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With the untimely death of Edward W. Said in 2003, various academic and public intellectuals worldwide have begun to reassess the writings of this powerful oppositional intellectual. Figures on the neoconservative right, who have become influential in the policy-making of George W. Bush's administration, have already begun to discredit Said's work as that of a subversive intent on slandering America's benign global image and undermining its global authority. On the left, a significant number of oppositional intellectuals are eager to counter this neoconservative vilification, proffering a Said who, in marked opposition to the "anti-humanism" of the great poststructuralist thinkers who were his contemporaries--Jacques Derrida, Jean-François Lyotard, Jacques Lacan, Louis Althusser, and Michel Foucault--reaffirms humanism and thus rejects poststructuralist theory. In this provocative assessment of Edward Said's lifework, William V. Spanos argues that Said's lifelong anti-imperialist project is actually a fulfillment of the revolutionary possibilities of poststructuralist theory. Spanos examines Said, his legacy, and the various texts he wrote--including Orientalism, Culture and Imperialism, and Humanism and Democratic Criticism--that are now being considered for their lasting political impact
American exceptionalism in the age of globalization : the specter of Vietnam by William V Spanos( Book )

9 editions published in 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 279 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In American Exceptionalism in the Age of Globalization, William V. Spanos explores three writers - Graham Greene, Philip Caputo, and Tim O'Brien - whose work devastatingly critiques the U.S. intervention in Vietnam and exposes the brutality of the Vietnam War. Utilizing poststructuralist theory, particularly that of Heidegger, Althusser, Foucault, and Said, Spanos argues that the Vietnam War disclosed the dark underside of the American exceptionalist ethos and, in so doing, speaks directly to America's war on terror in the aftermath of 9/11"--Jacket
Casebook on existentialism 2 by William V Spanos( Book )

6 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 212 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Exiles in the city : Hannah Arendt and Edward W. Said in counterpoint by William V Spanos( Book )

7 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 187 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shock and awe : American exceptionalism and the imperatives of the spectacle in Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by William V Spanos( Book )

7 editions published in 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 131 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

American exceptionalism, global power, and Mark Twain
Redeemer Nation in the Interregnum : an untimely meditation on the American vocation by William V Spanos( Book )

7 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 87 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Redeemer Nation in the Interregnum interrogates the polyvalent role that American exceptionalism continues to play after 9/11. Whereas American exceptionalism is often construed as a discredited Cold War-era belief structure, Spanos persuasively demonstrates how it operationalizes an apparatus of biopolitical capture that saturates the American body politic down to its capillaries. The exceptionalism that Redeemer Nation in the Interregnum renders starkly visible is not a corrigible ideological screen. It is a deeply structured ethos that functions simultaneously on ontological, moral, economic, racial, gendered, and political registers as the American Calling. Precisely by refusing to answer the American Calling, by rendering inoperative (in Agamben's sense) its covenantal summons, Spanos enables us to imagine an alternative America. At once timely and personal, Spanos's meditation acknowledges the priority of being. He emphasizes the dignity not simply of humanity but of all phenomena on the continuum of being, "the groundless ground of any political formation that would claim the name of democracy.""--
A William V. Spanos reader : humanist criticism and the secular imperative by William V Spanos( Book )

2 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 63 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On the ethical imperatives of the interregnum by William V Spanos( Book )

6 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The end of education : toward posthumanism by William V Spanos( Book )

2 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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Alternative Names
Spanos, William

Spanos, William V. 1924-

Languages
English (195)

German (1)

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The errant art of Moby-Dick : the canon, the Cold War, and the struggle for American studiesThe exceptionalist state and the state of exception : Herman Melville's Billy Budd, sailorHerman Melville and the American calling : the fiction after Moby-Dick, 1851-1857America's shadow : an anatomy of empireHeidegger and criticism : retrieving the cultural politics of destructionThe legacy of Edward W. SaidAmerican exceptionalism in the age of globalization : the specter of VietnamThe end of education : toward posthumanism