Michael Strysick, ed. The Politics of CommunityCritical Studies in the HumanitiesScholars 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 postcolonial studies.ContentsIntroduction: Michael Strysick, Transforming Community.Part I: Bridges to Past and FutureVerena Andermatt Conley, More Communal CrisisAlphonso Lingis, Cues, Watchwords, Passwords.Part II: Community, Politics, and the PoliticalDennis A. Foster, Pleasure and Community in Cultural CriticismMichael Strysick, The End of Community and the Politics of Grammar.Part III: Community and French TheoryA. J. P. Thomson, Against Community: Derrida contra NancyRobert Mitchell, Fraternal Anonymity: Blanchot and Nancy on Community and Mitsein.Part IV: Transnational CommunitiesJane Hiddleston, Re-imagining Community and Cultural Difference: Nancy’s Theory and the Context of Immigration in FranceLinnell Secomb, Haunted CommunityAaron Han Joon Magnan-Park, Imagining Communities of the “Yet-to-be-Fully-National”: Hong Kong Action Cinema’s Engagement with a Globalized Transnational Imaginary.Part V: Community and IdentityAstra Taylor, Reclaiming Radical: Hegemony, Rhetoric, CommunityNaomi Silver, The Politics of SacrificeKirsten Campbell, New Feminist Communities For The Third Wave.BibliographyEditorMichael 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).