Publics and Counterpublics

ISBN-10: 1890951293

ISBN-13: 9781890951290

Edition: 2005

Authors: Michael Warner
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Description: Most of the people around us belong to our world not directly, as kin or comrades, but as strangers. How do we recognize them as members of our world? We are related to them as transient participants in common publics. Indeed, most of us would find it nearly impossible to imagine a social world without publics. In the eight essays in this book, Michael Warner addresses the question: What is a public? According to Warner, the idea of a public is one of the central fictions of modern life. Publics have powerful implications for how our social world takes shape, and much of modern life involves struggles over the nature of publics and their interrelations. The idea of a public contains ambiguities, even contradictions. As it is extended to new contexts, politics, and media, its meaning changes in ways that can be difficult to uncover. Combining historical analysis, theoretical reflection, and extensive case studies, Warner shows how the idea of a public can reframe our understanding of contemporary literary works and politics and of our social world in general. In particular, he applies the idea of a public to the junction of two intellectual traditions: public-sphere theory and queer theory.

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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Zone Books
Publication date: 8/26/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

Michael Warner is Seymour H. Knox Professor of English and American Studies at Yale University. He is the editor of American Sermons: The Pilgrims to Martin Luther King and Fear of a Queer Planet. He also writes for The Nation, The Advocate, The Village Voice, and other periodicals.

Introduction
Public and Private
Publics and Counterpublics
Styles of Intellectual Publics
The Mass Public and the Mass Subject
Sex in Public
Something Queer About the Nation-State
A Soliloquy "Lately Spoken at the African Theatre": Race and the Public Sphere in New York City, 1821
Whitman Drunk
Notes
Index
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