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Radical Future Pasts
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Written by both well-established and rising scholars, Radical Future Pasts seeks to open up new possibilities for theoretical inquiries and engagements with practical political struggles. Unlike conventional "state of the discipline" collections, this volume does not summarize the history of political theory. Rather than accept traditional ideas about the political past, the contributors reinterpret canonical and current texts to demonstrate fresh interpretations and narratives.

Led by editors Romand Coles, Mark Reinhardt, and George Shulman, and inspired by the work of Peter Euben, the contributors both explore and exemplify the range and importance of political theory's different genres while concentrating on such themes as time and temporality, the politics of tragedy, and political movements and subjectivities. A groundbreaking volume featuring the best new scholarship in the field, this provocative book will be useful to scholars and students interested in political theory and its relationship to political practice.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Radical Future Pasts?
  2. Romand Coles, Mark Reinhardt, and George Shulman
  3. pp. 1-36
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  1. Part I Theorizing Temporalities
  2. pp. 37-40
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  1. 1. Untimeliness and Punctuality
  2. Wendy Brown
  3. pp. 41-58
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  1. 2. "When the Corn Was Ripe . . ."
  2. Arlene W. Saxonhouse
  3. pp. 59-80
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  1. 3. Black Noise in White Time
  2. P. J. Brendese
  3. pp. 81-112
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  1. 4. The Moment Has Passed
  2. Patchen Markell
  3. pp. 113-144
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  1. Part II Theorizing Political Subjectivities
  2. pp. 145-148
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  1. 5. The Virtual Patriot Syndrome
  2. Stephen K. White
  3. pp. 149-178
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  1. 6. Populism and the Rebellious Cultures of Democracy
  2. Laura Grattan
  3. pp. 179-216
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  1. 7. Distinguishing Racial Presence from Racial Justice
  2. Cristina Beltrán
  3. pp. 217-248
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  1. 8. Race and the Democratic Aesthetic
  2. Melvin L. Rogers
  3. pp. 249-282
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  1. 9. In Praise of Disorder
  2. Roxanne L. Euben
  3. pp. 283-316
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  1. Part III Theorizing and Genre
  2. pp. 317-320
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  1. 10. The Politics of Literature
  2. J. Peter Euben
  3. pp. 321-332
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  1. 11. Circulating Authority
  2. Jill Frank
  3. pp. 333-350
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  1. 12. Staging Reception
  2. Elizabeth Wingrove
  3. pp. 351-374
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  1. 13. Holding Up Mirrors in (and to) Political Theory
  2. Susan McWilliams
  3. pp. 375-394
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  1. Part IV Theorizing Tragedy
  2. pp. 395-398
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  1. 14. Antigone’s Laments, Creon’s Grief
  2. Bonnie Honig
  3. pp. 399-434
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  1. 15. Pathologies of Freedom in Melville’s America
  2. Jason Frank
  3. pp. 435-458
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  1. 16. Tragic Realism and Credible Democratic Hopes
  2. Melissa A. Orlie
  3. pp. 459-488
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  1. 17. Steps toward an Ecology of Late Capitalism
  2. William E. Connolly
  3. pp. 489-512
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 513-516
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 517-531
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