The topography of the general issue is always rough and unpredictable. As the poet Trevor Joyce would put it, the granularity of every essay is different. The terrain is uneven, the content variable, and on the micro level all mapping gives way to terra incognita. Every general issue also has its high point: here especially the pages Joseph P. Vincenzo devotes to Nietzsche’s environmental aesthetics. In the present issue we have called upon “Zarathustra’s Animals” to introduce the fundamental problem, to perform a certain work, and to showcase and model a kind of relation to what Vincenzo isolates in Nietzsche’s texts as the “sensible particular (aisthētón),” “small things,” the “little that makes the best happiness.”
Issue 51.1, 12 essays, 224 pages, $29.95 CAD
The content of this general issue consistently brushes up against a loose and broadly defined notion of governmentality. governmentality—what Foucault also calls “the art of government” and describes as a poietics of governing—is closely tethered to a second notion he named the bio-political. With literature providing the basic crucible, these tensions are variously instanced, complicated and formulated otherwise in the essays collected here.
Issue 50.4, 11 essays, 200 pages, $21.95 CAD
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
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