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Product Details

  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Duke Univ Pr (Tx) (April 16 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822352281
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822352280
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 15.2 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #313,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Cazdyn's treatise is provocative, creative, and intelligent, calling for no less than a global revolution in action and ideology. Anchored in American events and history, it also has much to offer at the international level, and it will be a welcome companion to a wide range of curricula in the humanities, medical, and social sciences." - Lawrence C. Rubin, Journal of American Culture "In The Already Dead, Eric Cazdyn establishes what he calls a nonmoralizing critique of capitalism, starting from the premise that crisis does not symptomize the failure of the system but rather its proper functioning. He is committed to a systemic, radical critique that keeps open the possibilities of revolution. This is a bracing and provocative book, both ideationally and stylistically."-Rei Terada, University of California, Irvine "This immensely ambitious and unclassifiable theoretical work begins by projecting a new kind of temporality-the new chronic-out of medical practice, in order to range across the political, the cultural, the national, the autobiographical, and the economic, touching in passing on film and globalization, and in the process unearthing new life forms: the already dead, the always dead, and the always already dead. It is an exciting journey."-Fredric Jameson, Duke University "Cazdyn's treatise is provocative, creative, and intelligent, calling for no less than a global revolution in action and ideology. Anchored in American events and history, it also has much to offer at the international level, and it will be a welcome companion to a wide range of curricula in the humanities, medical, and social sciences." -- Lawrence C. Rubin Journal of American Culture "While it is not the only reason to read the book, it is the performance itself, the manner in which Cazdyn artfully combines three areas of study and speaks of them in parallel with one another, that is most valuable, no matter the discipline to which the reader belongs. Cazdyn invokes a system that is both utopian (in its impossible future - the American Dream is always just a step away) and pre-apocalyptic." -- Valerie Savard Science Fiction Film and Television "Cazdyn covers a dizzying array of examples of the way this shift has become normalized-drawn from popular culture, cinema, and literature. One must pause to marvel at the facility with which he melds such analysis with moving personal essays." -- Kurt Newman U.S. Intellectual History Blog "This book is a roller-coaster ride through a broad swath of cultural studies, psychoanalysis and the social sciences-from the relationship of the chronic subject to phenomena in capitalism, biopolitics and global formations, and from trends in medicine to descriptions of how death and life are brought together in the literary and psychoanalytic imagination." -- Sharon R. Kaufman Culture, Health, and Sexuality "The Already Dead comes at a critical moment in which the vulgarities of the global capitalist system have become increasingly difficult to conceal. The book's approach, at once theoretical and personal, historical and cultural, seeks new modes of revolutionary consciousness that can destabilize both within and without the capitalist system so as to reconfigure everything." -- Adam Broinowski Reviews in Cultural Theory

About the Author

Eric Cazdyn is Professor of Comparative Literature and East Asian Studies at the University of Toronto. He is the author of The Flash of Capital: Film and Geopolitics in Japan; editor of Trespasses: Selected Writings of Masao Miyoshi, (both published by Duke University Press); and coauthor, with Imre Szeman, of After Globalization.

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The book was fine as far as condition if i should make a comment twards that.but the book itself i don't know if i like it. But that might be me. The cover was amazing, seemed insanely relevant, but he goes on too many tangents to get to the point, where you generally forget that point, and the language seems excessive. I also call it a book of interpretations, where he constantly reads and says what he thinks of others work, thats alright, but i'd think thats left for every individual to do for themselves to both see for themselves and understand for themselves. everyone reading a book of some guys take on a thing, why not just see the thing for yourself.

And to and for those who cannot see, is a good reason to write i book, don't think this one does that
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HASH(0x9c51f2b8) out of 5 stars Makes Naomi Klein's Shock Doctrine seem like the feel-good book of the year Oct. 4 2014
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Fairly readable analysis of how the management of what once were fatal diseases and are now, instead, chronic conditions parallels the development of a state of chronic crisis in the global economy, permanent war, constant surveillance, etc. The author is an American who was diagnosed with leukemia after living and working in Canada for over two years. When he was diagnosed Canada tried to kick him out. Here, he looks at various cultural markers (conspiracy-themed films, for instance) and argues that what many would explain away as part of this or that discrete conspiracy or political crime is actually simply an exploitive system functioning as "normal." Revolution (or any form of real change) has become more unthinkable than fictional doomsday scenarios. Makes Naomi Klein's Shock Doctrine seem like the feel-good book of the year.


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