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Useful Knowledge: Isaiah Berlin Lecture

MARILYN STRATHERN

in Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 139, 2005 Lectures

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197263945
eISBN:
9780191734038
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197263945.003.0004
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This chapter discusses useful knowledge, yet it also acknowledges the fact that there may be something gained from uselessness. Three kinds of uselessness are encountered during this chapter: ... More


Same Old: Queer Theory, Literature and the Politics of Sameness

Ben Nichols

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781526132833
eISBN:
9781526158338
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7765/9781526132840
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

In its contributions to the study of material social differences, queer theoretical writing has mostly assumed that any ideas which embody 'difference' are valuable. More than this, where it is ... More


Useless

Ben Nichols

in Same old: Queer theory, literature and the politics of sameness

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781526132833
eISBN:
9781526158338
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7765/9781526132840.00005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines the place of uselessness in the history of queer representation by looking back to the moment of fin-de-siècle aestheticism. Whilst usefulness has been associated rhetorically ... More


Sans Emploi, Sans Repos, Sans Réponse: Georges Bataille’s Loss without a Why

Alex Dubilet

in The Self-Emptying Subject: Kenosis and Immanence, Medieval to Modern

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780823279463
eISBN:
9780823281633
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823279463.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter argues that Bataille’s wartime writings, the texts comprising La Somme athéologique, are exemplary in the way they bypass the customary division erected between philosophical and ... More


Untidy Activity

James Longenbach

in The Resistance to Poetry

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226492490
eISBN:
9780226492513
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226492513.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

Uselessness has been a distinguishing feature of a work of art since Kant, but anyone who dreams or falls in love has known the freedom of forgetting ourselves so that we might discover we are ... More


Contexts of Strangeness in Seventeenth-Century Japan

W. Puck Brecher

in The Aesthetics of Strangeness: Eccentricity and Madness in Early Modern Japan

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824836665
eISBN:
9780824871116
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824836665.003.0002
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter examines how strangeness was received in the early Edo period and how three key tropes of eccentric behavior—reclusion (insei; inton), madness (kyō), and uselessness (muyō)—were ... More


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