112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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Critical Theory III: Experiential Limits

Session Chair: 
Alexis Briley, Colgate University
Session 3: Friday 2:00-3:30pm
RCC Meeting Room 6
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  1. Jason Ciaccio, CUNY Graduate Center
    This paper offers a comparative study of the intoxicated reverie in the writings of Walter Benjamin and Friedrich Nietzsche. I suggest that states of intoxicated reverie play a crucial role in how both Nietzsche and Benjamin think of perceptual and affective experience and the production and reception of poetic form in modernity.  
  2. Edward Troy, University of California, Riverside
    This paper surveys the notion of exhaustion in Deleuze, with particular emphasis on his writings on the cinema. It reads the term in the context of phenomenological and existential traditions, arguing that “exhaustion” is a rich, although overlooked, trope in philosophical and literary study.
  3. Isidro Zepeda, California State University, San Bernardino
    Postmodernity has expanded the identity of the aesthetic object to include multilayered experiences, perspectives and performances. Still, words such as the sublime and the uncanny can be used to describe current materialisms of the aesthetic object in a posthuman existence. 
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