Traditionally, letters have been regarded as “non-serious” or at least as superfluous to the critical enterprise proper (consider Kant’s division of Plato the letter-writer from Plato the philosophical father). But can letters themselves be considered critical forays and/or keys to the inheritance of scholarly work? Might letters put the serious/non-serious opposition into question? This issue considers letters in relation to understanding a writer’s or artist’s body of work; alternate histories; friendship; auto-bio-graphy; archival and digital repository research; and email and electronic posting.
Issue 50.3, 11 essays, 200 pages, $24.95 CAD
This June 2017 Feature Author issue of Mosaic includes, as its opening essay, the public lecture (slightly revised) that Rebecca Comay delivered at the University of Manitoba as Distinguished Visiting Lecturer, “Testament of the Revolution (Walter Benjamin).” Readers of this remarkable essay will gain some sense of the calibre of scholars invited to Manitoba as visiting lecturers and will no doubt recognize how deftly and provocatively Comay relates the testamentary to Walter Benjamin’s work.
Issue 50.2, 16 essays, 304 pages, $24.95 CAD
Part of Mosaic’s year-long 50th-anniversary celebration, this special issue gathers between two covers all of the “Crossings” interviews the journal has featured since 2001. In addition to 16 interviews led by Dawne McCance, Editor, with leading scholars, artists, and writers, the issue also includes a new interview with Rebecca Comay, Professor of Philosophy and Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto.
Issue 50.1, 17 essays, 368 pages, $29.95 CAD
Mosaic takes as its mandate the publication of interdisciplinary essays that open new research avenues. Noteworthy in this respect, the present issue brings the journal’s 2016 publication year to a fitting close. I am taken, for example, with the immediate relevance of “critical refugee studies,” a theme that is broached by this issue’s opening essay. While Alaina Kaus takes as the context for this opening essay the Vietnam War and Vietnamese diaspora in American remembrance, her study might well serve as an incentive for the interdisciplinary analysis of other wars, perhaps especially recent ones, that have been cast in American rhetoric as conflicts between good and evil. For but one other example, consider the essay by Joseph DeFalco Lamperez, another graduate student. In my reading, this is a remarkable and sophisticated exercise in interdisciplinarity, and one that no doubt invites more studies to come.
Issue 49.4, 10 essays, 206 pages, $21.95 CAD
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