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Avital Ronell. Kafka and the Sublime. 2011

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Published on Feb 12, 2012

http://www.egs.edu Avital Ronell talking about Kafka and the sublime in relation to his father. In this lecture she discusses Immanuel Kant's dynamic and mathematical sublime, the Alps, Frankenstein, Edmund Burke's sublime, the distinction between the beautiful and the sublime, the call, the strategic motivation behind beauty and the sublime, Jacques Derrida and the text, taste, Kant's aesthetics, Chantal Mouffe, Derrida and the frame, Heidegger on Nietzsche's destruction and devastation, and Kafka's "Letter to His Father" which he wrote in 1919.

Public open lecture for the students and staff of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies department program Saas-Fee Switzerland Europe 2011 Avital Ronell.

Avital Ronell, Ph.D., is the Jacques Derrida Professor of Media and Philosophy at the European Graduate School in Switzerland. She is also University Professor of the Humanities and a professor of German, English, and comparative literature at New York University, where she codirects the Trauma and Violence Transdisciplinary Studies program. She is currently in Paris where she continues to churn out a breathtaking range of deconstructive rereadings of everything from technology, the Gulf War, and AIDS, to opera, addiction, and stupidity. She is the author of Dictations: On Haunted Writing; The Telephone Book; Crack Wars; Finitude's Score; Stupidity; The Test Drive; Fighting Theory (with Anne Dufourmantelle); and most recently, Loser Sons (released February 2012); and most recently, Loser Sons.

Avital Ronell studied at the Hermeneutics Institute in Berlin with Jacob Taubes, ultimately earned her doctorate at Princeton University, and then worked with Jacques Derrida and Hélène Cixous in Paris. As one of the first translators of Jacques Derrida's work into English, she in effect introduced his work to the American academy. Avital Ronell has continued the deep reading projects of her former teachers (and friends), focusing her attention on such varied assumptions as the telephone directory, Rodney King, Madame Bovary, Martin Heidegger and schizophrenia. Though often labeled a philosopher (as well as a key player in critical and political theory, cultural and literary criticism), Avital Ronell's work, thoroughly transdisciplinary, consistently slips the bounds of traditional academic castes, earning her accolades from often disparate spheres of the cultural milieu. Her work is often determined to be deconstructive, Derridian, Heideggerian, post-feministic, post-structuralist, psychoanalytic, and yet her writing continually works beyond these labels remaining utterly singular

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