Description - Loss by David L. Eng
Taking stock of a century of pervasive loss - of warfare, disease, and political strife - this text provides a view on both the past and the future by considering "what is lost" in terms of "what remains". Such a perspective, these essays suggest, engages and reanimates history. Plumbing the cultural and political implications of loss, the authors - political theorists, film and literary critics, museum curators, feminists, psychoanalysts, and AIDS activists - expose the humane and productive possibilities in the workings of witness, memory and melancholy. Among the sites of loss the authors revisit are slavery, apartheid, genocide, war, diaspora, migration, suicide and disease. Their subjects range from the Irish Famine and the Ottoman slaughter of Armenians to the aftermath of the Vietnam War and apartheid in South Africa, problems of partial immigration and assimilation, AIDS and the re-envisioning of leftist movements. In particular, "Loss" reveals how melancholia can lend meaning and force to notions of activism, ethics and identity.
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(229mm x 152mm x mm)
University of California Press
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Author Biography - David L. Eng
David L. Eng is Associate Professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, author of Racial Castration: Managing Masculinity in Asian America (2001), and coeditor of Q & A: Queer in Asian America (1998, with Alice Y. Hom). David Kazanjian is Assistant Professor of English at Queens College, City University of New York, and author of Articulating "America": Imperial Citizenship Before the Civil War (forthcoming).