Through its focus on secular Muslim public intellectuals in contemporary France,
this book challenges polarizing accounts of Islam and Muslims, which have been
ubiquitous in political and media debates for the last thirty years. The work of
these intellectuals is significant because it expresses, in diverse ways, an
‘internal’ vision of Islam that demonstrates how Muslim identification and
practices successfully engage with and are part of a culture of secularism
(laïcité). The study of individual secular Muslim intellectuals in contemporary
France thus gives credence to the claim that the categories of religion and the
secular are more closely intertwined than we might assume. This monograph is a
timely publication that makes a crucial contribution to academic and political
debates about the place of Islam and Muslims in contemporary France. The book
will focus on a discursive and contextualised analysis of the published works
and public interventions of Abdelwahab Meddeb, Malek Chebel, Leïla Babès, Dounia
Bouzar and Abdennour Bidar – intellectuals who have received little scholarly
attention despite being well-known figures in France.
This comprehensive study of A. S. Byatt's work spans virtually her entire career and offers readings of all of her works of fiction up to and including her Man-Booker-shortlisted novel The Children's Book (2009). The chapters combine an overview of Byatt's œuvre to date with close critical analysis of all her major works. The book also considers Byatt's critical writings and journalism, situating her beyond the immediate context of her fiction. The chapters argue that Byatt is not only important as a storyteller, but also as an eminent critic and public intellectual. Advancing the concept of ‘critical storytelling’ as a hallmark of Byatt's project as a writer, the chapters retrace Byatt's wide-ranging engagement with both literary and critical traditions. This results in positioning Byatt in the wider literary landscape.
Sir Lewis Namier (1888–1960) was not only a major twentieth-century historian, a pioneer of ‘scientific history’ who gave his name to a particular form of history-writing, but an important public intellectual. He played a significant role in public affairs, as an influential adviser to the British Foreign Office during the First World War and later as an active Zionist. This article offers a new perspective on his life and work by providing, for the first time, as comprehensive a bibliography as is currently possible of his voluminous writings: books, scholarly articles and contributions to periodicals and newspapers, including many hitherto unknown, and some published anonymously. The annotation includes not only bibliographical information but explanations and brief summaries of the content. The introduction gives an account of Namier’s life and an assessment of his significance as a historian and thinker.
This article provides an introduction to this special section of James Baldwin Review 7 devoted to Baldwin and film. Jackson considers Baldwin’s distinct approach to film criticism by pairing him with James Agee, another writer who wrote fiction as well as nonfiction in several genres, and who produced a large body of film criticism, especially during the 1940s. While Agee, a white southerner born almost a generation before Baldwin, might seem an unlikely figure to place alongside Baldwin, the two shared a great deal in terms of temperament and vision, and their film writings reveal a great deal of consensus in their diagnoses of American pathologies. Another important context for Baldwin’s complex relationship to film is television, which became a dominant media form during the 1950s and exerted a great influence upon both the mainstream reception of the civil rights movement and Baldwin’s reception as a public intellectual from the early 1960s to the end of his life. Finally, the introduction briefly discusses the articles that constitute this special section.
In this broad sweep, Mayo explores dominant European discourses of higher education, in the contexts of different globalisations and neoliberalism, and examines its extension to a specific region. It explores alternatives in thinking and practice including those at the grassroots, also providing a situationally grounded project of university–community engagement. Signposts for further directions for higher education lifelong learning, with a social justice purpose, are provided.
sixteen works of fiction and five non-fiction books. He is also a journalist, broadcaster and publicintellectual who has cultivated a misanthropic public persona, as indicated by the title of a collection of his weekly columns for the Independent , Whatever It Is, I Don’t Like It ( 2011 ). Jacobson has written many different kinds of books: from academic studies to campus comedies; from travelogues to psychodramas; from social-realist novels to dystopian allegories. Although much of his work revolves around questions of Jewish identity, male sexuality and the nature
reviews and commentary in newspapers and journals, to participating in
television and radio debates and ad-hoc literary discussions at
festivals and live events. Assuming the role not of reclusive writer but
of publicintellectual, A. S. Byatt has never disappeared neatly under
cover of fiction, but has taken every opportunity to communicate her
enthusiasm for all matters literary – and indeed beyond. Readers
) to propose that Foucault’s interview-work exceeds
the function of the paratextual, constituting a distinct domain of
his practise as a philosopher and publicintellectual.
In fact, Foucault’s interview practice is,
according to Deleuze, of primary importance to understanding his
work overall: ‘[t]he complete work of Foucault
[…] cannot separate off the books which have made
publicintellectuals and has a large following throughout the world, but he
has also been an extremely polarizing figure throughout his career.
He was born in Saft at-Turab, Upper Egypt, in 1926. His family
background was modest and his father died when he was two. Beginning
his education in a village Qurʾanic school, he went on to
study Islam and the Arabic language, achieving a
family story (Gillon 1952). Their
elder brother, Colin, became the state prosecutor of Israel, who
famously brought Israeli soldiers to justice for their criminal responsibility in the Kafr Kassim massacre of Arab villagers.
Max Gluckman was, in my view, a publicintellectual, who
throughout his career reached beyond the academic world to speak,
especially in many often-controversial radio broadcasts, to very wide
audiences. In the 1940s he made it a major goal of the RhodesLivingstone Institute (RLI), under his direction, to translate ‘the
knowledge gained through