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Scoop
3.87
Second time reading.

File this under guilty pleasures. I'm, well outraged isn't the right word, made weary by the dreariness of the other reviews of th...more
Sep 2007
Sep 20, 2007
 
When Species Meet
3.91
"I am not a posthumanist; I am who I become with companion species, who and which make a mess out of categories in the making of kin and kind" (19). (...more
Aug 13, 2008
Aug 06, 2008
 
How to Make a Human: Animals and Violence in the Middle Ages (Interventions: New Studies in Medieval Culture)
4.44
I wrote this book and I think it's awesome.
Feb 2011
Aug 22, 2011
 
Saint Paul: The Foundation of Universalism
3.88
My first Badiou, and it would feel as if it were my first Paul, had it not been for my fundy upbringing. This is a Paul freed from the "religious thau...more
Jan 02, 2011
Jan 02, 2011
 
The College Fear Factor: How Students And Professors Misunderstand One Another
3.65
The title's a bit misleading. Cox exclusively treats Community College students, particularly their experience in introductory English composition cou...more
Jan 08, 2010
Jan 07, 2010
 
Zoographies: The Question of the Animal from Heidegger to Derrida
3.97
Been a few months since I finished it, but I remember enough to highly recommend it for anyone doing work in animal theory. Unlike Acampora's Corporea...more
Aug 17, 2008
Jul 15, 2008
 
Life As We Know It: A Father, a Family, and an Exceptional Child
3.65
Seems that most of my reviews respond to other reviews....

Currently, the only other review for this book refers to it as prone to "ranting, pontifica...more
Oct 2007
Oct 07, 2007
 
The Ecological Thought
4.03
"The position of hunting for anthropocentrism is anthropocentrism. To claim that someone's distinction of animals and humans is anthropocentric, becau...more
Jan 06, 2011
Jan 04, 2011
 
What Is Posthumanism?
3.56
If you've been reading Wolfe, you've already read this. Comprising articles on Bjork and psychoanalytic theory, systems theory, critical animal theory...more
Apr 07, 2010
Apr 19, 2010
 
Animal Lessons: How They Teach Us to Be Human
3.89
A great and boggy disappointment. Do we need yet another book cataloging the failures of Lacan and Heidegger on animals? After Derrida, after Calarco,...more
Dec 12, 2009
Aug 17, 2009
 
The Animal That Therefore I Am
4.20
Of course I'm going to use my review to promote my own work on animals and posthumanism. See my "How to Make a Human," Exemplaria 20.1 (2008): 3-27 (a...more
Jun 11, 2008
May 24, 2008
 
Arthur & George
3.66
Since I find all spiritualism either risible or of only historical interest, Barnes' attention to Doyle's spiritualist fervor transformed my affection...more
Dec 2007
Dec 25, 2007
 
Prince of Networks: Bruno LaTour and Metaphysics
3.90
No time to write an elaborate review. But YES this strikes me as a very good introduction to Latour, a great take down of Heidegger's ultra-humanism,...more
Nov 18, 2010
Nov 14, 2010
 
Eros and Civilization: A Philosophical Inquiry into Freud
3.88
"When philosophy conceives the essence of being as Logos, it is already the Logos of domination--commanding, mastering, directing reason, to which man...more
Mar 28, 2009
Mar 24, 2009
 
Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals
3.93
Probably unfair, but as soon as Gray described evolution as 'blind chance,' which is to say, 3 pages in, I put it down. Evolution lacks a telos, yes;...more
Apr 19, 2010
Apr 19, 2010
 
The Feminist Care Tradition in Animal Ethics: A Reader
4.05
I'm deeply embarrassed to say that my own work with critical animal theory has just ignored or assumed CAT's debts to feminism. I'd be more embarrasse...more
Mar 21, 2009
Mar 15, 2009
 
On Farting: Language and Laughter in the Middle Ages
4.17
"So encompassing an animate presence has air that we find ourselves never alone, even though no one else is around. In a world where we guard jealousl...more
Aug 06, 2008
Aug 01, 2008
 
Mrs. Dalloway
3.76
Most astonishing this time round was the anticipation in Woolf of the not-yet-existing Frankfurt school. Famously (so far as I know: I'm boning up on...more
Dec 2007
Dec 06, 2007
 
Dialectic of Enlightenment: Philosophical Fragments
4.07
Three things I love here, above all else: a) the collaboration, and the refusal to disentangle themselves from it when others demanded that Horkorno c...more
Apr 08, 2008
Mar 30, 2008
 
Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative?
4.00
obviously needs to be updated to take the Occupy Movement into account and especially OCCUPY SANDY, which satisfies many of the demands he makes in hi...more
Feb 08, 2013
Feb 08, 2013
 
The Deeds of Louis the Fat
3.33
As the translators emphasize, Abbot Suger wrote the Deeds rather than Life of Louis: this difference supposedly accounts for the absence of much of wh...more
Apr 21, 2009
Apr 16, 2009
 
Candide: or, Optimism
3.74
My fourth time reading it?

Teaching it this week (for the 3rd time).

For plot summaries, see reviews below.

Does Candide falter? Yes: Voltaire turns his...more
Oct 2007
Oct 07, 2007
 
The Virgin in the Garden
3.69
**spoiler alert** Brilliant. Very much looking forward to the next 3 books.

Judging from the reviews below, a lot of people are put off by reading a bo...more
Mar 31, 2009
Feb 27, 2009
 
Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction
3.64
I loved that Culler organized the work thematically rather than by critical schools. Given that many of the best theorists overlap in many fields--is...more
Dec 25, 2007
Dec 20, 2007
 
An Introduction to Literature, Criticism and Theory
3.90
It has all the virtues of Culler's Very Short Introduction except extreme brevity. By far the best introduction I've read so far that breaks 120 pages...more
Jan 2008
Jan 08, 2008
 
The Middle English Breton Lays
4.12
A good collection, although one that's been done before in various forms (see the volumes by Mills and Rumble). The TEAMS series is always to be comme...more
Aug 2007
Aug 19, 2007
 
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight; Patience; Pearl
3.97
Nearly done teaching it. Borroff's translation is, I guess, tied for the best available, but--and I hate to be a snob about it--there's really no subs...more
Sep 2007
Sep 30, 2007
 
Moll Flanders
3.45
Better than John Bunyan's Grace abounding to the Chief of Sinners; more detailed a portrait than the Wife of Bath, who also, remember, had 5 wives (ED...more
Oct 2007
Oct 10, 2007
 
Maps and Monsters in Medieval England
4.00
The maps stuff is good, and a nice supplement to other studies of marginality and maps (e.g. Kathy Lavezzo Angels of the Edge of the World), but it's...more
Jun 13, 2010
Jun 14, 2010
 
Looking at Animals in Human History
3.00
Kalof goes wrong from the very first word: "we." Clearly she means "we humans," since, of course, humans are animals too. So it's deeply anthropocentr...more
Feb 27, 2009
Feb 27, 2009
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