Reviews of & other news about or books

Congratulations to our author, Claire Colebrook, for receiving the inaugural Hugh J. Silverman Book Prize in Philosophy and Literature for WHO WOULD YOU KILL TO SAVE THE WORLD? (2023), the 8th publication in our book series.

Claire Potter spoke on her Political Junkie podcast (episode #18, April 3, 2023) with Julia Schleck on her DIRTY KNOWLEDGE: ACADEMIC FREEDOM IN THE AGE OF NEOLIBERALISM.

Michael Meranze’s review of Julia Schleck’s DIRTY KNOWLEDGE: ACADEMIC FREEDOM IN THE AGE OF NEOLIBERALISM, was published in the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Praising Oliver Davis and Tim Dean’s HATRED OF SEX in French Studies XX.XX, 1-2, Lisa Downing writes: “The latest in the groundbreaking & much-needed Provocations series of short, polemical works published by the University of Nebraska Press, HATRED OF SEX is an indispensable read for scholars of continental thought, French critical theory, & queer studies—&, indeed, for anyone disquieted by the authoritanism governing the sexual politics of our cultural moment.”

Ryan Brooks of the Humanities on the High Plains podcast (episode 13, December 2022) spoke with Julia Schleck about her DIRTY KNOWLEDGE: ACADEMIC FREEDOM IN THE AGE OF NEOLIBERALISM–an occasion Dr. Schleck used to correct some of the misunderstandings of her argument.

The New Books Network podcast features a conversation between psychoanalyst Matthew Pieknik and Oliver Davis & Tim Dean on their book HATRED OF SEX.

The Drunk Church podcast spent 4 episodes (#9 – #12) discussing Oliver Davis and Tim Dean’s HATRED OF SEX.

In the Chronicle of Higher Education (10/4/22), Joan W. Scott praises Julia Schleck’s DIRTY KNOWLEDGE: ACADEMIC FREEDOM IN THE AGE OF NEOLIBERALISM, concluding: “Beyond the tired arguments about politics and scholarship that [other books] engage but cannot escape, Dirty Knowledge takes us to an imagined alternative that seems to me more promising precisely because, without offering a moral-political endorsement of any given political position, it knows that irreducibly political contests are indeed the terrain of the university. It asks us to think anew about how to negotiate among ourselves and with the public. Schleck’s idealism is also a kind of realism: Hers is both a promising and a plausible vision for the university as a genuinely democratic institution.”

The Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Culture has published an interview with Tim Dean (co-author of HATRED OF SEX with Oliver Davis). This episode of the Penumbr(a) podcast series explores Tim Dean’s work as a thinker and writer, his thoughts on the critic Leo Bersani, and his response to the poem Ozymandias, by Percy Bysshe Shelley.

Oliver Davis and Tim Dean discussed their book HATRED OF SEX on the NEW BOOKS NETWORK podcast (August 11, 2022) with psychoanalyst and clinical psychologist Eugenio Duarte.

Julia Schleck presented on her book, DIRTY KNOWLEDGE: ACADEMIC FREEDOM IN THE AGE OF NEOLIBERALISM, on January 28, 2022 at the University of Nebraska’s Robert J. Kutak Center for the Teaching and Study of Applied Ethics. Here is the video recording.

The Daily Nebraskan‘s Jason Q. Han spoke at great length with Julia Schleck about her book, DIRTY KNOWLEDGE: ACADEMIC FREEDOM IN THE AGE OF NEOLIBERALISM. Listen to their conversation here.

A Slovenian translation of Frank Ruda’s ABOLISHING FREEDOM: A PLEA FOR A CONTEMPORARY USE OF FATALISM (Provocations #1) is now available.

A Turkish translation of Frank Ruda’s ABOLISHING FREEDOM: A PLEA FOR A CONTEMPORARY USE OF FATALISM (Provocations #1) is now available.

Shicong Nie and Shuhai Wang reviews Lawrence Venuti’s CONTRA INSTRUMENTALISM in the MULTILINGUA: A JOURNAL OF CROSS-CULTURAL AND INTERLANGUAGE COMMUNICATION, arguing that the book makes a “valuable contribution to many long-lasting and ongoing discussions about translation, and is of great value to researchers, translators as well ass common readers.”

Jan Steyn reviews Lawrence Venuti’s CONTRA INSTRUMENTALISM in the LA REVIEW OF BOOKS, arguing that “what is perhaps most original in this particular book is not the concepts, nor even the stance with respect to the field, but rather the active embrace of polemic as a form. This consciously and calculatedly antagonistic mode of engagement is not only meant to clarify Venuti’s position but to advance it, creating converts to his cause.”

Maciej Litwin concludes his critical yet positive review of Lawrence Venuti’s CONTRA INSTRUMENTALISM by asking: “Will this book play a role in settling twentieth-century discussions, with an epicentre at the elite American university? I believe so. Will this book usher in a twenty-first century discussion that involves more peripheral economies of translation commentary? Readers will decide.” We’re curious to find out what readers will decide!

Piotr Florczyk calls Lawrence Venuti “the lightning rod of translation studies” and praises Contra Instrumentalism as “an excellent and far-reaching polemic [that] is erudite, extremely well-researched, and at times biting.”

Three Percent reviews Contra Instrumentalism and refers to Matt Reeck’s review.

Jordan Wannemacher praises Provocations book series design in Spine Magazine‘s summer 2019 University Press cover round-up. We thank Nathan Putens for his wonderful design for our book series.

Jeff Nealon’s I’M NOT LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE: BIOPOLITICS, NEOLIBERALISM, AND AMERICAN POPULAR MUSIC was reviewed by Jairo Moreno in American Literary History 31.2 (Summer 2019); David Arditi in Lateral: Journal of the Cultural Studies Association (fall 2020); Natalie Farrell in Journal of Popular Music Studies (2020); and Barry Shank in Cultural Critique (winter 2022).

Jonathan Ben-Menachem reviews Scott Ferguson’s DECLARATIONS OF DEPENDENCE in thesis eleven: critical theory and historical sociology, arguing that it “made me challenge my prior assumption, absorbed from Marx as if by osmosis: that money itself is the root of sociopolitical instability. Rather, the alienation caused by today’s money-relation is a symptom of society’s rejection of the boundless center of care; a self-deluding shirking of duty towards our peers.”

Brendan Cook reviews Scott Ferguson’s Declarations of Dependence in Lateral Issue 8.1, Spring 2019. And Kyle Mohr reviews Declarations of Dependence in the Journal of Cultural Economy (June 2019).

Michael Principe reviews Frank Ruda’s Abolishing Freedom for Marx & Philosophy Review of Books, April 2018. Alfie Bown interviews Ruda on his book for Hong Kong Review of Books (September 2016). And Dominik Finkelde and Sophie Adloff interview Ruda at the Munich School of Philosophy.