Identity Politics and Alliance Politics

Identity politics differentiates; it draws distinctions to reveal social oppression or, in Butler’s terminology, precaritization–occupying or being held in precarious…

The inclusion of the excluded

Judith Butler, in Notes Toward a Performative Theory of Assembly (2015), argues that marginalized or ignored populations performatively establish “the…

Neither optimism nor pessimism

Optimists and pessimists are equally wrong. Given the complexity of contemporary global society, there are no solid grounds for predicting…

Meaning in Finnegans Wake

In an introductory essay on Finnegan’s Wake, Len Platt writes, As the Wake is a book obsessed by story telling,…