Michael Strysick, ed. The Politics of Community
Critical Studies in the Humanities
Scholars from Plato, to Aristotle, to the present have wrestled with the question of how best to structure
community. While community generally is defined by what is common among individuals, The Politics of
Community is equally concerned with the negative ways in which exclusion functions in community
despite that community's declared goals of inclusion. Aware of such failures, this work diagnoses the
“grammatical” or foundational character underlying the community through literary and cultural
narratives from scholars in literature, philosophy, film, history, sociology, feminist studies and
Introduction: Michael Strysick, Transforming Community.
Part I: Bridges to Past and Future
Verena Andermatt Conley, More Communal Crisis
Alphonso Lingis, Cues, Watchwords, Passwords.
Part II: Community, Politics, and the Political
Dennis A. Foster, Pleasure and Community in Cultural Criticism
Michael Strysick, The End of Community and the Politics of Grammar.
Part III: Community and French Theory
A. J. P. Thomson, Against Community: Derrida contra Nancy
Robert Mitchell, Fraternal Anonymity: Blanchot and Nancy on Community and Mitsein.
Part IV: Transnational Communities
Jane Hiddleston, Re-imagining Community and Cultural Difference: Nancy’s Theory and
the Context of Immigration in France
Linnell Secomb, Haunted Community
Aaron Han Joon Magnan-Park, Imagining Communities of the “Yet-to-be-Fully-
National”: Hong Kong Action Cinema’s Engagement with a Globalized Transnational
Part V: Community and Identity
Astra Taylor, Reclaiming Radical: Hegemony, Rhetoric, Community
Naomi Silver, The Politics of Sacrifice
Kirsten Campbell, New Feminist Communities For The Third Wave.
Michael Strysick’s articles appear in journals such as Cultural Critique, Romanic Review, and South
Atlantic Review, he has contributed several entries to the Routledge Encyclopedia of Postmodernism,
and his essay “Emerson, Slavery, and the Evolution of Self-Reliance” appeared in The Emerson
Dilemma: Essays on Emerson and Social Reform (Georgia, 2001).
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