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Ronell, Avital

Works: 98 works in 303 publications in 6 languages and 10,811 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Interviews  Documentary films  Nonfiction films  History  Biography  Biographies  Catalogs  Exhibition catalogs  Literature 
Roles: Author, Interviewee, Editor, win, Performer, Other, Actor
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Most widely held works by Avital Ronell
Loser sons : politics and authority by Avital Ronell( )

13 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in English and French and held by 1,399 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"There are sons who grow up unhappily believing that no matter what they do, they cannot please their fathers. Often unable to shed their sense of lifelong failure, either they give up and suffer in a permanent sulk, or they try with all their might to prove they are worth something after all. These are the "loser sons," a group of historical men as varied as President George W. Bush, Osama bin Laden, and Mohammed Atta. Their names quickly illustrate that not only are their problems serious, but they also make serious problems for others, expanding to whole nations. When God is conceived and inculcated as an angry and impossible-to-please father, the problems can last for generations. In Loser Sons, Avital Ronell draws on current philosophy, literary history, and political events to confront the grim fact that divested boys become terrifying men. This would be old news if the problem didn't recur so often with such disastrous consequences. Looking beyond our current moment, she interrogates the problems of authority, paternal fantasy, and childhood as they have been explored and exemplified by Franz Kafka, Goethe's Faust, Benjamin Franklin, Jean-François Lyotard, Hannah Arendt, Alexandre Kojève, and Immanuel Kant. Brilliantly weaving these threads into a polyvocal discourse, Ronell shows how, with their arrays of powerful symbols, ideologies of all sorts perpetuate the theme that while childhood represents innocence, adulthood entails responsible cruelty. The need for suffering--preferably somebody else's--has become a widespread assumption, not only justifying abuses of authority, but justifying authority itself. Shockingly honest, Loser Sons recognizes that focusing on the spectacular catastrophes of modernity might make writer and reader feel they're engaged in something important, while in fact what they are engaged in is still only spectacle. To understand the implications of her insights, Ronell addresses them directly to her readers, challenging them to think through their own notions of authority and their responses to it."--Publisher's website
The ÜberReader : selected works of Avital Ronell by Avital Ronell( )

12 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 1,323 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For twenty years, Avital Ronell has stood at the forefront of the confrontation between literary study and European philosophy. She has tirelessly investigated the impact of technology on thinking and writing, with groundbreaking work on Heidegger, dependency and drug rhetoric, intelligence and artificial intelligence, and the obsession with testing. Admired for her insights and breadth of field, she has attracted a wide readership by writing with guts, candour, and wit. Coyly alluding to Nietzsche's gay science, The UberReader presents a solid introduction to Avital Ronell's later oeuvre. It includes at least one selection from each of her books, two classic selections from a collection of her early essays (Finitude's Score), previously uncollected interviews and essays, and some of her most powerful published and unpublished talks. An introduction by Diane Davis surveys Ronell's career and the critical response to it thus far. With its combination of brevity and power, this Ronell primer will be immensely useful to scholars, students, and teachers throughout the humanities, but particularly to graduate and undergraduate courses in contemporary theory
The test drive by Avital Ronell( )

20 editions published between 1900 and 2009 in English and French and held by 1,323 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Addressed to those who are left stranded by speculative thinking and unhinged by cognitive discourse, The Test Drive, organized around Nietzsche's interpretation of physics, points to a toxic residue of uninterrogated policies associated with scientific probes that continue to underscore an experience of permanent dislocation, break-down, and disruption."--Jacket
Examined life by Astra Taylor( Visual )

17 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 701 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examined Life takes philosophy into the hustle and bustle of the everyday. The "rock star" philosophers of our time take "walks" through places that hold special resonance for them and their ideas. These places include crowded city streets, deserted alleyways, Central Park, and a garbage dump
Stupidity by Avital Ronell( Book )

18 editions published between 2001 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 630 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The political and social implications of stupidity have been articulated by Marx, Nietzsche, Deleuze, among others. Urgent yet recalcitrant, stupidity provokes a crisis in our understanding of politics, ethics, and psychoanalysis. The dilemma posed by the limited subject involves national identity, masochism, and sexual politics, as well as the relation of poetic utterance to the stammer in which it originates. Essentially linked to the philosophical primal scene of stupor, stupidity also points to what has been historically inappropriable, as when Hannah Arendt considers Eichmann in terms of not only the banality but also the stupidity of evil."
The telephone book : technology--schizophrenia--electric speech by Avital Ronell( Book )

15 editions published between 1989 and 1994 in English and Undetermined and held by 547 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dictations : on haunted writing by Avital Ronell( Book )

27 editions published between 1986 and 2006 in 3 languages and held by 491 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On Goethe, including critique of Eckermann's "Gesprache mit Goethe."
Crack wars : literature, addiction, mania by Avital Ronell( Book )

14 editions published between 1992 and 2004 in English and held by 439 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Avital Ronell asks why "there is no culture without drug culture." Tracing and tracking the zones of modern dependencies, she deals with the usual drugs and alcohol (and their celebrities: Freud's cocaine, Baudelaire's hashish, the Victorians' laudanum), and moves beyond them to addictive mappings that are culturally accepted - an insatiable appetite for romance novels, for instance, and romance itself as well as the satellite technologies of our everyday existence."
Powering Down On Authority (English and Dutch) by Avital Ronell( )

2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 313 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

<Div><I>Powering Down on Authority</I> is Avital Ronell's response to Witte de With's invitation for her to reflect, in lengthy essay form, on the questions of power and authority in our time.</div>
The making of a terrorist : on classic German rogues by Jeffrey Champlin( Book )

5 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 293 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In The Making of a Terrorist, Jeffrey Champlin examines key figures from three canonical texts from the German-language literature of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries: Goethe's Gotz von Berlichingen, Schiller's Die Rauber, and Kleist's Michael Kohlhaas. Champlin situates these readings within a larger theoretical and historical context, exploring the mechanics, aesthetics, and poetics of terror while explicating the emergence of the terrorist personality in modernity. In engaging and accessible prose, Champlin explores the ethical dimensions of violence and interrogates an ethics of textual violence. --
Complaint : grievance among friends by Avital Ronell( )

6 editions published in 2018 in English and Undetermined and held by 285 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Everyone has a complaint, but nobody likes a complainer. Rather than making things better a complaint can just make things worse. Often its only relief is the harmless and temporary release of steam. But it can also pose as criticism in one of several seemingly respectable forms. In Complaint, Avital Ronell looks at how complaints and complainers have been treated in literature and philosophy, in feedback loops that pay little attention to injustice and suffering. Beginning with Hamlet, and with open awareness of her own experiences, Ronell proceeds to show how complaining is aggravated, distracted, stifled, and transformed. She looks at exemplary complaints made by Friedrich Nietzsche, Hannah Arendt, and Barbara Johnson. She examines the complaint riven history of deconstruction. Renowned for her courage in taking on painful subjects with candor and wit, Ronell dares to listen to the haunting complaints of the dead"--
Lust for life : on the writings of Kathy Acker( Book )

6 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 281 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Finitude's score : essays for the end of the millennium by Avital Ronell( Book )

10 editions published between 1994 and 1998 in English and held by 272 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

1993 biennial exhibition by Whitney Museum of American Art( Book )

3 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 178 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicle of separation : on deconstruction's disillusioned love by Michal Ben-Naftali( )

3 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 92 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The book Chronicle of Separation is an attempt to write on Derrida, to Derrida and from Derrida on the basis of a pathetic experience, which, in various ways, describes and enacts the pathetic experience of deconstruction itself. The book tackles the weight of emotions that is at the heart of deconstructive reading
The technological introject : Friedrich Kittler between implementation and the incalculable by Jeffrey Champlin( )

1 edition published in 2018 in English and held by 78 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This essay collection further familiarizes the English-speaking world with the work of late German media scholar Friedrich Kittler. It features well-established and emergent scholars who present investigations that traverse all of Kittler's major phases, from early studies of German romanticism to his recent volumes on ancient Greece
Life extreme : an illustrated guide to new life by Eduardo Kac( Book )

5 editions published in 2007 in English and French and held by 71 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The field is lethal by Suzanne Doppelt( Book )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 56 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The supernatural, ventriloquism, table-turning, magic carpets, ghosts, The Field is Lethal is immersed in a late nineteenth-century spiritualism. Borrowing freely from folklore and anecdote, Doppelt mixes oblique references, catching us in the sound and play of language as much as of ideas. Well-known as a photographer, Doppelt juxtaposes her text with delicate, eerie images. As Avital Ronell writes in her Postface for the book, we appreciate here; her manner, her astonishing modalities, the precision of her cuts. --Counterpath Press??? who is the author?
Schriften zur Literatur : Essays von Goethe bis Kafka by Avital Ronell( Book )

4 editions published in 2012 in German and held by 43 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Das Telefonbuch : Technik, Schizophrenie, elektrische Rede by Avital Ronell( Book )

4 editions published in 2001 in German and held by 36 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bersetzt aus dem Amerikanische von Rike Felka, Avital Ronells "Telefonbuch", ein Grundlagenwerk zur Geschichte der Technik, aufgemacht wie ein richtiges Telefonbuch mit seinen gelben Seiten und Telefon Grafiken, ist kein Telefonbuch. Es handelt sich vielmehr um eine umfassende Studie, die das Phänomen "Telefon" kulturphilosophisch in den Blick nehme, eine komplexe Analyse des Wesens der Telefonie. Ronell organisiert ihr Buch, dem Telefon in Geschichte, Philosophie, Kunst, Psychoanalyse, Dichtung und Technik nachzuspüren
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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
The test driveStupidityThe telephone book : technology--schizophrenia--electric speechDictations : on haunted writingCrack wars : literature, addiction, maniaLust for life : on the writings of Kathy AckerFinitude's score : essays for the end of the millennium1993 biennial exhibition
Alternative Names
Avital Ronell Amerikaans psychotherapeute

Avital Ronell filósofa checa naturalizada estadounidense

Avital Ronell israelische Germanistin

Avital Ronell philosophe américaine

Avital Ronell scrittrice, critica letteraria e filosofa statunitense

Ronʾel, Aviṭal 1952-

אביטל רונאל

אביטל רונאל פילוסופית אמריקאית

רונאל, אביטל

רונאל, אביטל 1952-

آویتل رونل

로넬, 아비탈 1952-

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