International interest in the work of Avital Ronell has expressed itself in reviews, articles, essays, and dissertations. For Fighting Theory, psychoanalyst and philosopher Anne Dufourmantelle conducted twelve interviews with Ronell, each focused on a key topic in one of Ronell's books or on a set of issues that run throughout her work. What do philosophy and literary studies have to learn from each other? How does Ronell place her work within gender studies? What does psychoanalysis have to contribute to contemporary thought? What propels one in our day to Nietzsche, Derrida, Nancy, Bataille, and other philosophical writers?

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These essays are startling not only in their lucidity but also in the open address that follows from the conversational form. What is most compelling is to see such a strong thinker reflecting on her own thinking in the midst of the other. She shows thought as a kind of undoing and redoing, offering a powerful dynamic to philosophical reflection. It is a tour de force. No customer reviews. How does Amazon calculate star ratings? The machine learned model takes into account factors including: the age of a review, helpfulness votes by customers and whether the reviews are from verified purchases.

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Long captivated by Avital Ronell's thought, but having not read her works in recent years, I discovered this book with pleasure. For anyone with even a passing acquaintance to Ronell's work, this book is a welcome treasure: a discourse with psychoanalyst Anne Dufourmantelle conducted originally in French, aimed at presenting her work to a French audience -- then translated from the French by longtime collaborator Catherine Porter along with cotranslational support from Ronell.

The result reads as a brisk series of essays, with thoughtful punctuations Dufourmantelle's queries providing a skeleton throughout. Ronell covers almost all major areas of her work, but also is encouraged to train her potent reading skills on herself. She does this without mercy.

Anyone interested in the philosopher Avital Ronell will be delighted to also learn how the philosopher's biographical experiences stamped her intellectual trajectory. As a former student of Ronell's long ago , I could hear her in-person voice throughout the narrative, complete with amusing parentheticals and triple-meanings.

But as a non-academic, I was pleased to discover how accessible the text is, even while retaining a high degree of rigor. Worth it. Just finished reading this page-turningly brilliant, breath-taking, heart-breaking and yet inspiring book.

I hadn't read Ronell since The Telephone Book which didn't do it for me -- I was young ; but after reading this work of creative genius I ordered her two previous books. Here she summarizes and riffs on her own insights into among many others Goethe, Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Derrida and her thoughts on Derrida, her teacher and friend, remain the most moving memorial testament I've read.

A fitting heir to Derrida, in all her brilliant, post-punk ambivalences. Loved it. The wonderful cover -- with its inverted capoeira fight-dancers forming a heart in the negative space the one seemingly seeking sustenance from the other -- gives a surprisingly good indication of what you'll find in its pages.

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Avital Ronell b. Her work embraces a synergistic mix of approaches—deconstructive, psychoanalytic, post feminist—and contributes to an array of disciplinary fields, including philosophy, literary theory, media studies, cultural studies, and political theory. In the early s her translations helped to introduce her teacher Jacques Derrida to the American academy, and his profound influence remains palpable in her texts; Nietzsche, Freud, Heidegger, Kafka, and Lacan are other consistent influences and interlocutors. This performative style, in other words, is for Ronell an ethico-political practice. This article could not possibly offer a comprehensive portrait of Avital Ronell and her work. Its aim is instead to spotlight some of her most significant books and essays, along with a handful of helpful secondary sources and significant scholarly responses and engagements.


Astra Taylor, Examined Life , , still from a color film in 35 mm, 88 minutes. Avital Ronell. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, And apparently, it is a profession she has recently assumed again, giving seven performances in at the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

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