Volume 9, Numbers 1-2 ”Globalism and Theory” Editor’s note


”Whose Theory, Which Globalism? Notes on the Double Question of Theorizing Globalism and Globalizing Theory”
Jeffrey R. Di Leo (University of Illinois at Chicago)

”New research on globalization often uncritically assimilates the topic into on-going projects. No inquiry is made as to whether existing methods, aims and assumptions need be reconfigured accordingly. The result is a proliferation of not only highly differentiated discourses of globalization, but also a range of definitions of globalization itself.”

”World Literature and Global Theory: Comparative Literature for the New Millennium”
Vilashini Cooppan (Yale University)

”Global thinking in curricular form, the world literature course critically engages globalization not only in its presentation of literary texts as the products of local moments and global movements, but also insofar as that very presentation can be seen to derive from, participate in, and occasionally intervene into, broader academic debate on globalization.”

”Globalization without Environmental Crisis: The Divorce of Two Discourses in U.S. Culture”
Frederick Buell (Queens College)

”Globalization in any of its forms differs, of course, according to how one is situated within the world system. But it also varies greatly according to which discourse one looks at. Exploring the different fate environmentalist discourse, compared to economic and cultural discourse, faced in the last decade in the U.S. is highly revelatory of this fact. Indeed, it highlights the fact that different globalization discourses are not just different, they are also potentially each others’ adversaries.”

”The Global Turn in Critical Theory”
Christian Moraru (University of North Carolina at Greensboro)
”The overall argument I am making is that globalization, and its ‘theory,’ can be better understood against the backdrop of the evolving discourse of modernity, postmodernity, and, particularly, postmodernism. I define the latter as cultural and multicultural critique, and in conjunction with late 20th-century developments of aesthetic, sociological, as well as geopolitical nature. This way, I uncover alliances, conflicts, and analogies that bespeak the enduring effectiveness of the postmodern paradigm.”

”The Global Subject in an Electronic Age: Re(X)Locating The Critical Self”
Thomas Lavazzi (CUNY-Kingsborough)
”The discourse of globality, as played out on and off line, involves an array of often incommensurable subject positions, from the virtualized/utopian to the specifically located.”

”Globalizing Deleuze and Guattari”
Ian Buchanan (University of Tasmania (Australia))

”Thus it is almost with nostalgia that we now look back on a book like Deleuze and Guattari’s Anti-Oedipus, which amidst the oil crisis and stagflation still had enough confidence in the future to ask: ‘where will revolution come from, and in what form within the exploited masses?’ Three decades later, the exasperating question of our age is whether or not things can continue as they are much longer? Strangely, though, this question is prompted not by a sense of imminent disaster but the feeling that one is long overdue.”

”Montage In Spatial Ethnography: Crystalline Narration And Cultural Studies of Globalization”
Sourayan Mookerjea (University of Alberta)
”If cultural studies is to make a significant contribution to the current scholarship across disciplines on globalization, then it might address itself to a perplexing representational problem facing the study of global flows. This dilemma may be evoked in the following preliminary way: much of the current theoretical literature on globalization in sociology, political economy and social geography, unable to shake long-standing disciplinary habits, poses questions about global change as if there were an omniscient point of view within its reach where we could find empirical answers to debates on points of theory.”

Global Advertising’s Failure in Bulgaria”
Josh Parker (University of Paris VII)
”We assume that advertisements produced in different countries vary because of different values, priorities, and views of the world that produce them. But what if we assumed the reverse—that we ourselves have been fundamentally changed by the kind of advertisements we have seen and recorded in our minds over a lifetime?”

”The Tropics of Globalization: Reading the New North America”
Molly Wallace (University of Washington)
”Literary critics emerge, then, particularly well-poised to intervene in debates about NAFTA specifically, and, as I will suggest, globalization more generally, insofar as we use the protocols of the profession to contribute self-conscious, careful discourse analyses. My aim here is not to decide, therefore, whether NAFTA is a metaphor, but rather to investigate how the tracking of metaphor can be a political intervention in the discourses on globalization produced in the United States.”

”Bourdieu Against the Evils of Globalization”
(Review essay on Pierre Bourdieu’s Contre-feux 2: Pour un mouvement social europ»en)
Vincent B. Leitch (University of Oklahoma)
”Significantly, Bourdieu argues that culture, namely literature, theater, film, art, and music, is threatened today by money, commerce, and the spirit of the global free market, being submitted at every stage of production to criteria of commodification and immediate profitability. He deplores this postmodern turn of events away from the important and necessary autonomy of the arts gained during the long and uneven reign of modernity.”

”The Success and Failure of Fredric Jameson” (Review essay on Steven Helmling’s The Success and Failure of Fredric Jameson: Writing, the Sublime and the Dialectic of Critique)
Pamela McCallum (University of Calgary)
”No one who has read any of Fredric Jameson’s books can fail to perceive the sheer power of his style. Whether it is felt by the reader to be compelling in its complexity or frustrating in its density, the stylistic flourishes, startling figurative language and monumental sentence constructions that characterize Jameson’s writings can scarcely be ignored.”


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