Between Suspicion and Love. Reality, Postcritique, and Euro-American Modernization (An Introduction to the Debate)


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Mena Mitrano
Ca' Foscari University of Venice  Italy
Mena Mitrano conducts research in the field of Anglo-American Languages and Literatures [Lingue e Letterature Anglo-Americane] at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. She is the author of In the Archive of Longing: Susan Sontag’s Critical Modernism (Edinburgh University Press 2016; paperback 2017), Gertrude Stein: Woman Without Qualities (Ashgate 2005), Language and Public Culture (Edizioni Q 2009), and the co-editor of The Hand of the Interpreter: Essays on Meaning After Theory (Peter Lang 2009). Her core interest is the intimate link between modernism and theory. She has written on modernism, American literature, literary theory/critical theory, psychoanalysis, visuality, and great women intellectuals. Currently, she is completing her new book on critique.

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