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boundary 2 - Spring 2005

  • Issue Number: Volume 32 Number 1
  • Published Date: Spring 2005
boundary 2 is a serious journal—with cover art by Theodore A. Harris titled "On the Throne of Fire after Somebody Blew Up America (for Amiri Baraka)." Among its ten essays, Miguel Tamen's "My Taste," employs the writings of Kant and Hume to explore the mystery of "good taste;"—and Bruno Latour's "What is Given in Experience?" is a perceptive review of Isabelle Stengers's study of Alfred North Whitehead: Penser avec Whitehead: Une libre et sauvage creation de concepts. Donald E. Pease's fascinating "Hawthorne in the Custom-House: the Metapolitics, Postpolitics, and Politics of The Scarlet Letter," describes Hawthorne's reaction to the embroidered bit of cloth found in the customs-house prior to the loss of his position: "[. . .] his desire for an authorized social position paradoxically embodied itself in this peculiar artifact [. . .]" In an immediately comprehensible article about teaching methods in India—"Use and Abuse of Human Rights," by Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak—ironically, this statement: "I am often reprimanded for writing incomprehensively." I'll return to this journal based on the following statement: "The editors of boundary 2 announce that they no longer intend to publish in the standard professional areas, but only materials that identify and analyze the tyrannies of thought and action spreading around the world and that suggest alternatives to these emerging configurations of power. To this end, we wish to inform our readers that, until further notice, the journal will not accept unsolicited manuscripts." (Is there an inherent contradiction in that stance?)
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Review Posted on June 30, 2005
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