Affiliated with discontinuity, alarm, and silence, it raises fundamental questions about the constitution of self and other, the stability of location, systems of transfer, and the destination of speech. Profoundly changing our concept of long-distance, it is constantly transmitting effects of real and evocative power. To the extent that it always relates us to the absent other, the telephone, and the massive switchboard attending it, plugs into a hermeneutics of mourning. The Telephone Book, itself organized by a "telephonic logic," fields calls from philosophy, history, literature, and psychoanalysis. It installs a switchboard that hooks up diverse types of knowledge while rerouting and jamming the codes of the disciplines in daring ways. Avital Ronell has done nothing less than consider the impact of the telephone on modern thought.
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Biography Avital Ronell b. Her research and theoretical contributions extend across the fields of literary studies, philosophy, feminist theory, technology and media, psychoanalysis, deconstruction, ethics, and performance art. After her years of study in Paris, she assumed a number of professorships at various universities in the United States, including the University of Virginia, the University of California, Riverside, and the University of California, Berkeley. Further, she has served as chair of the Division of Philosophy and Literature and chair of the Division of Comparative Literature at the Modern Language Association, from to Illegible in instances, the texts mimic the dislocating and alienating nature of the fractured telephone conversation questioning the role of both author and reader.
The closer she brings us to it, the more unknowable it appears. Ronell embraces the materiality of language very explicitly, cranking up the noisy texture of the words themselves through wildly unconventional page design and an in-your-face typographical performance.
Diane Davis. Loser Sons: Politics and Authority. University of Illinois Press, Translated by Arnaud Regnauld. Bayard Jeunesse, Schriften zur Literatur: Essays von Goethe bis Kafka. Translated by Marc Blankenburg.
Wallstein, Lignes de front. Stock, Fighting Theory. Translated by Catherine Porter. Edited by Diane Davis. The Test Drive. Translated by Christophe Jaquet. Dis Voir, Addict : Fixions et narcotextes.
Translated by Daniel Loayza. Fischer, Points, Translated by Rike Felka. University of Nebraska Press, Dictations: On Haunted Writing. Das Telefonbuch: Technik, Schizophrenie, elektrische rede. Fordham University Press, Northwestern University Press, Verso, University of Minnesota Press, Dolan and Thomas L.
Dumm, University of Massachusetts Press, State University of New York Press, Blackwell, Indiana University Press, Smith and William Kerrigan, Johns Hopkins University Press, Routledge, Edited by Christie McDonald. The Law of Genre Ronell, Avital, trans. Glyph: Textual Studies7 : Have I Been Destroyed? Answering to Authority and the Politics of the Father.
The Testamentary Whimper Ronell, Avital. The Walking Switchboard Ronell, Avital. Starting from Scratch: Mastermix Ronell, Avital. The Differends of Man Ronell, Avital. Street Talk Ronell, Avital. Directed by Astra Taylor. Zeitgeist Films,
Biography[ edit ] Avital Ronell was born in Prague to Israeli diplomats and was a performance artist before entering academia. She attended Rutgers Preparatory School and graduated in Ronell reads Conversations with Eckermann as a return from beyond the grave of the great master of German literature and science. Ronell names Goethe the "secret councilor Geheimrat " of Freud and already anticipates her work on the Rat Man in the third footnote where she alludes to the "suppository logic, inserting the vital element into the narrative of the other. Ronell starts to address the fiction of the writer as a particularly admirable human being and argues for the necessary passivity of the writer as a human being.
The Telephone Book: Technology, Schizophrenia, Electric Speech
Books by Avital Ronell