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Contributors pierre alferi lives and writes in Paris. He has written five books of poetry, two novels, and a collection of essays. He is the founder, with Suzanne Doppelt, of the literary review Détail, and of la Revue de littérature générale with Olivier Cadiot. He has collaborated with the artist Jacques Julien, and has recorded and performed with musician Rodolphe Burger. He has also translated works by John Donne, Giorgio Agamben, and Meyer Schapiro into the French. Gil Anidjar is associate professor in the Department of Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University. He is the author of The Jew, the Arab: A History of the Enemy (Stanford University Press, 2003) and Semites: Race, Religion, Literature (Stanford University Press, 2008) and the editor of Jacques Derrida’s Acts of Religion (Routledge, 2002). He has been studying with Avital Ronell since 1992. Saul Anton is completing a doctoral dissertation on the relation between aesthetics and history in French Enlightenment philosophy and literature at Princeton University. He has written for Artforum, Frieze, Parkett, and many other journals, and he has taught critical studies at the City University of New York and the Tyler School of Art, Temple University. He is the translator of Jean-Luc Nancy’s The Discourse of the Syncope: 1. Logodaedalus (2008). Susan Bernstein is professor of comparative literature and German studies at Brown University. She is author of Virtuosity of the Nineteenth Century: Performing Music and Language in Heine, Liszt and Baudelaire, Housing Problems: Writing and Architecture in Goethe, Walpole, Freud, and Heidegger, as well as essays on Nietzsche, Kant, Heine, Shelley, and others. Judith Butler is Maxine Elliot Professor in the Departments of Rhetoric and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of many books, including Gender Trouble: Feminism and the i-viii_1-256_Davi.indd 241 4/10/09 3:15:05 PM 242 contributors Subversion of Identity (Routledge, 1990), The Psychic Life of Power: Theories of Subjection (Stanford University Press, 1997), Excitable Speech (Routledge, 1997), Undoing Gender (Routledge, 2004), Precarious Life: Powers of Violence and Mourning (Verso, 2004), Giving an Account of Oneself (Fordham University Press, 2005), and recently, Who Sings The Nation State? (Seagull Books, 2007), with Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak. Tom Cohen is professor of English at State University of New York at Albany and cofounder of the Institute on Critical Climate Change (IC3), which advances hybrid and transnational experimentation with the import of “climate change” on coming critical discourse. He is author of Anti-Mimesis from Plato to Hitchcock (Cambridge University Press, 1994), Ideology and Inscription: “Cultural Studies” after Benjamin, de Man, and Bakhtin (Cambridge University Press, 1998), Hitchcock’s Cryptonymies 1: Secret Agents and Hitchcock’s Cryptonymies 2: War Machines (University of Minnesota Press, 2005); he is also a contributing editor of Material Events: Paul de Man and the Afterlife of Theory (University of Minnesota Press, 2000) and Jacques Derrida and the Humanities: a Transdisciplinary Reader (Cambridge University Press, 2002). Diane Davis is an associate professor of rhetoric & writing, English, and communication studies at the University of Texas at Austin, and she holds the Kenneth Burke Chair at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland. She is the author of Breaking Up Totality: A Rhetoric of Laughter, co-author of Women’s Ways of Making it In Rhetoric and Composition (with Michelle Ballif and Roxanne Mountford), and editor of The UberReader: Selected Works of Avital Ronell. Catharine Diehl is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Comparative Literature at Princeton University. She is completing a dissertation on theories of intensity in aesthetics, epistemology, and metaphysics from Leibniz to Hermann Cohen. She has translated articles on Agamben and Hermann Cohen, and has just completed an essay on the zero in structuralist linguistics. Peter Fenves is Joan and Sarepta Harrison Professor of Literature and professor of German and Jewish studies at Northwestern University. He is the author of A Peculiar Fate: Metaphysics and World-History in Kant (Cornell University Press, 1991), “Chatter”: Language and History in Kierkegaard (Stanford University Press, 1993), Arresting Language: From Leibniz i-viii_1-256_Davi.indd 242 4/10/09 3:15:05 PM 243 contributors to Benjamin (Stanford University Press, 2001), and Late Kant: Towards Another Law of the Earth (Routledge, 2003). He is also the editor of Raising the Tone of Philosophy: Late Essays by Kant, Transformative Critique by Derrida (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1993), coeditor of “The Spirit of Poesy”: Essays on Jewish and German...


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