Posted on Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Professor of Political Science Jodi Dean was recently interviewed in "Full Stop" regarding her latest book, "The Communist Horizon." According to Michael Schapira, the interviewer, "We discussed the function communism still plays in our political discourse, the importance of moving past remnants of Cold War ideology, and recent attempts to overcome ‘Left Melancholia.'"
"In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, some of the most effective networks of aid came from the remnants of Occupy Wall Street. According to Jodi Dean, this is one of many examples that the radical Left should embrace as evidence of a new kind of politics. In The Communist Horizon, a handsome little addition to Verso's Pocket Communism series, Dean works out what this might look like in reference to the history and living practice of Communism,"Schapira writes.
According to its website, "Founded in January of 2011, Full Stop is committed to an earnest, expansive, and rigorous discussion of literature and literary culture." The site "aims to focus on young writers, works in translation, and books we feel are being neglected by other outlets while engaging with the significant changes occurring in the publishing industry and the evolution of print media."
Dean has been with the Colleges since 1993 and also serves as the director of the Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men. She received a B.A. from Princeton University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University. She is a past recipient of the faculty award for scholarship. Dean is also the author of a wide-ranging body of work including "Democracy and Other Neoliberal Fantasies" (Duke 2009) and "Blog Theory" (Polity 2010).
The full interview in Full Stop can be found online.