Redeemer Nation in the Interregnum: An Untimely Meditation on the American Vocation by William V. SpanosRedeemer Nation in the Interregnum: An Untimely Meditation on the American Vocation by William V. Spanos

Redeemer Nation in the Interregnum: An Untimely Meditation on the American Vocation

byWilliam V. Spanos

Paperback | February 26, 2016

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Redeemer Nation in the Interregnum interrogates the polyvalent role that American exceptionalism continues to play after 9/11. Whereas American exceptionalism is often construed as a discredited Cold War-era belief structure, Spanos persuasively demonstrates how it operationalizes an apparatusof biopolitical capture that saturates the American body politic down to its capillaries.The exceptionalism that Redeemer Nation in the Interregnum renders starkly visible is not a corrigible ideological screen. It is a deeply structured ethos that functions simultaneously on ontological, moral, economic, racial, gendered, and political registers as the American Calling. Precisely byrefusing to answer the American Calling, by rendering inoperative (in Agamben's sense) its covenantal summons, Spanos enables us to imagine an alternative America.At once timely and personal, Spanos's meditation acknowledges the priority of being. He emphasizes the dignity not simply of humanity but of all phenomena on the continuum of being, "the groundless ground of any political formation that would claim the name of democracy."
William Spanos is Distinguished Professor of English at Binghamton University, SUNY. His previous books include: Shock and Awe: American Exceptionalism and the Imperatives of the Spectacle in Mark Twain's "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court", Persophone's Pomegranate: Fragments of a Greek-American's Journey in the Rift , Ame...
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Title:Redeemer Nation in the Interregnum: An Untimely Meditation on the American VocationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.03 inPublished:February 26, 2016Publisher:Fordham University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0823268160

ISBN - 13:9780823268160

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"Spanos's Redeemer Nation in the Interregnum remains a brilliant speculation on the fate of American exceptionalism and a powerful call for insurrection and revolt."