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The Shock of the Other: Situating Alterities (Thamyris by Silke Horstkotte, Esther Peeren

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By Silke Horstkotte, Esther Peeren

Alterity isn't really an insignificant synonym of distinction; what it indicates is otherness, a contrast or separation that may entail similarity in addition to distinction. The articles amassed the following discover how one can outline, situate and negotiate alterity in a way that doesn't put off the opposite via negation or neutralization yet that as an alternative engages alterity as a reconfiguring of identities that retains them open to alter, to a turning into with no horizon. Alterity and its positioned negotiations with id are configured throughout the physique, throughout the psyche and during translational politics. From severe readings of angels, specters, ugly our bodies, on-line avatars, Sex and the City, pornography in French literature, Australian billboard paintings, Pina Bausch, Adrian Piper, Kashmiri poetry, modern German fiction, Jacques Brault and Northern-Irish poetry, there emerges a imaginative and prescient of identities as multi-faceted buildings which are always being remodeled by means of a few of the alterities with which they intersect and which they need to actively interact as a way to functionality successfully within the social, political, and aesthetic realm.

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I could not see myself in It or imagine It as related to me in any way but that of superior power or perhaps of Its Hiddenness as a Personal Reality on the other side of a metamorphosis that was not occurring at this instant, that was not bringing me any closer to the possible thing of It and me embracing each other at least partly by my will. Just as being a man had been hidden from me on the other side of the sharp ridge of puberty when I was still ten years old, so The Angel existed on the far side of a metamorphosis involving Beauty and Goodness, strength and knowledge, but that I would dream about, or edge close to in moments of grace .

Since spectrality also sets teleological time in motion, it is not a matter of rejecting the hope that freedom can be actualized through cultural work but of understanding the conditions of the (im)possibility of incarnation” (Cheah 2003: 389). I have already noted that hauntology is important for materialist critique and more, but here it sounds as if incarnation is both a means and an end, both a disruption of teleology and what moves it, the cause and effect, the transitive and intransitive, the human and the inhuman, culture and nature, always the both.

Nevertheless, the angelic revival of the eighties and nineties differs both in conspicuousness and in sheer volume from these earlier cycles of popular-culture interest. In the nineties, angels spilled out of their restricted zones and colonized popular culture at large, to an unprecedented degree. My claim is that the presence of angels in the last decades of the twentieth century is something like a litmus-test of postmodernism. Where there are angels, there is postmodernism; when the angelic presence wanes, so does postmodernism.

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