ed. by Christoph F. E. Holzhey
and Manuele Gragnolati

Cultural Inquiry, 11
Vienna: Turia + Kant, 2017

How can the power of wholes be resisted without essentializing their parts? Drawing on different archives and methodologies, including aesthetics, history, biology, affect, race, and queer, the interventions in this volume explore different ways of troubling the consistency and stability of wholes, breaking up their closure and making them more dynamic. Doing so without necessarily presupposing or producing parts, an outside, or a teleological development, they indicate the critical potential of partiality without parts.

Volume 11 of the series ‘Cultural Inquiry‘ with Turia + Kant
264 pp., 32 EUR, ISBN 978-3-85132-854-7

Table of Contents
  • Manuele Gragnolati and Christoph F. E. Holzhey, ‘Beginnings: Constituting Wholes, Haunting, Plasticity
  • Volker Woltersdorff, ‘Sexual Ghosts and the Whole of History: Queer Historiography, Post-Slavery Subjectivities, and Sadomasochism in Isaac Julien’s The Attendant
  • Ruth Preser, ‘Things I Learned from the Book of Ruth: Diasporic Reading of Queer Conversions’
  • Eirini Avramopoulou, ‘Claims of Existence between Biopolitics and Thanatopolitics’
  • Manuele Gragnolati, ‘Differently Queer: Temporality, Aesthetics, and Sexuality in Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Petrolio and Elsa Morante’s Aracoeli
  • Filippo Trentin, ‘Warburg’s Ghost: On Literary Atlases and the “Anatopic” Shift of a Cartographic Object’
  • Jamila M.H. Mascat, ‘Hegel and the Ad-Venture of the Totality’
  • Robert Meunier and Valentine Reynaud, ‘The Innate Plasticity of Bodies and Minds: Integrating Models of Genetic Determination and Environmental Formation’
  • Arnd Wedemeyer, ‘Pumping Honey: Joseph Beuys at the documenta 6
  • Marcus Coelen, ‘An Eclipse of the Screen: Jorge Semprún’s Scripts for Alain Resnais’

Selected Bibliography
Notes on the Contributors
Index from Biography