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"This is a daring book! A generous, joyful, and, yes, conspiratorial reading of a series of writers who have all too often been approached in a spirit of violence or despair, it also offers a more slyly ambitious challenge: it asks its readers to find an antidote to political hopelessness not in revolutionary activism but in the radical reinterpretation of time and language. Textual Conspiracies is essential reading for anyone seeking an inspiring, rather than facilely condemnatory, work of democratic theory."
—Ruth A. Miller, University of Massachusetts, Boston
"James Martel's book offers a compelling and original vision of radical political resistance, a resistance we conspire in even when we don't mean to. Inspired by Benjamin's sense of the conspiracy of language, Martel brings out the possibilities immanent in the ways we thwart ourselves: there is hope, but not for us. Anyone interested in current debates in deconstructive, psychoanalytic, and poststructuralist theory must read this book, one of the best to appear in over a decade."
—Jodi Dean, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
"Instead of citing Benjamin piously (as most scholars tend to do), Martel utilizes Benjaminian concepts and projects them into new contexts, thereby producing a more critical and practicable version of his political theory and political theology. In doing so, he remains faithful to Benjamin himself, who, too, sought to save the critical voices from the past by giving them a new life and significance in the present."
—Theory and Event
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