Călin-Andrei Mihăilescu, Ph.D. (1956), is Professor of Comparative Literature, Critical Theory and Hispanic Studies at Western University (London, Canada), and a tetra-lingual writer (of academic writings spanning a number of disciplines, of prose, poetry, essay, children stories, etc.). His recent volumes include Happy New Fear! (Bucharest, 2011), “Literary Theory and the Sciences” (ed.; Neohelicon 41.2, 2014), and Matei Călinescu Festschrift (ed., Yearbook of Comparative Literature 59, 2016). His forthcoming books include Deunamor, Afka and Other Positions, An Astrocentric World, Poezoo and One per Year.
Takayuki Yokota-Murakami, Ph.D. (1959), Osaka University, is Associate Professor of Russian and Comparative Literature at that university. He has published monographs, translations and many articles on Russian and Japanese literature, including Don Juan East/West: On the Problematics of Comparative Literature (SUNY P, 1998) and Futabatei Shimei (Kyoto: Minerva shobo, 2016). He is currently working on a book on the concept of “mother-tongue” in literature and literary criticism.
Literary scholars and students, and the educated public interested in literature/theory and the cultural significance of contemporary issues in state surveillance, policing, terrorism, political epistemology, subjugation, oppression, etc.
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Notes on Contributors
Part 1: Theories of Policing in Literature and Literary Criticism
1 After Theory: Politics against the Police?
2 Theory Policing Reading or the Critic as Cop: Revisiting Said’s The World, the Text, and the Critic
3 Le cercle carré: On Spying and Reading
Part 2: Case Studies
4 Dear Leader! Big Brother!: On Transparency and Emotional Policing
Sowon S. Park
5 The Charisma of Theory
6 Within or beyond Policing Norms: Yuri Lotman’s Theory of Theatricality
7 The Oppressive and the Subversive Sides of Theoretical Discourse
Part 3: Policing Literary Theory across the World
8 Roman Nikolayevich Kim and the Strange Plots of His Mystery Novellas
9 Kafka, Snowden, and the Surveillance State
10 The Genetics of Morality: Policing Science in Dudintsev’s White Robes
11 In Lieu of a Conclusion: Policing as a Form of Epistemology – Three Narratives of the Japanese Empire