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1. Note from the Editor—Michael Hardt
2. Introduction: "Theory Now"?—Kenneth Surin
3. The Militancy of Theory—Michael Hardt
4. The Frailty of the Ontic—Rei Terada
5. "Science does not think": The No-Thought of the Discipline—Grant Farred
6. Insinuation: Détournement as Gendered Repetition—Patrick Greaney
7. The Spoiler's Art: Embarrassed Space as Memorialization—David A. Ellison
8. The Future's Eve: Reparative Reading after Sedgwick—Ellis Hanson
9. "I'm already in a sort of tomb": A Reply to Philip Scheffner's The Halfmoon Files—Avery F. Gordon
10. Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: The Postracial Horizon—Barnor Hesse
11. Nationalist Heterosexuality, Migrant (Il)legality, and Irish Citizenship Law: Queering the Connections—Eithne Luibhéid
12. "Now smile": Recent Developments in Jacques Derrida's Work on Photography—Michael Naas
13. Afterword: Theory Now and Again—Jonathan Culler
AGAINST the DAY
Obama and the Left at Midterm
14. Introduction—Michael Hardt and Wahneema Lubiano
15. Opulism—Lauren Berlant
16. U.S. Political Romanticism and the Psychological Impacts of Obama's Presidency—Christopher Newfield
17. The Enemy He Wants—Thomas L. Dumm
18. The State of the Left, AOE—Kelley Walker
19. Obama between Movements and Machiavellians—Tom Hayden
20. Obama/Osama/Ōkawa: The Geopolitics of Race after Obama's Bow—Mark Driscoll
21. What's Going On? What Is to Be Done?—Gerald Horne
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This special issue of the South Atlantic Quarterly focuses on theory’s role in contemporary politics, reading, and critiques of literature. Although there will always be questions raised about what theory is, what it can do, and its overall efficacy, “Theory Now” argues that those questions obscure the fact that theory is, and always has been, the precondition for thought.
This issue demonstrates what it means to engage with theory in this particular historical moment. One contributor takes a critical look at Michel Foucault’s final lectures, which have only recently been published in French, and evaluates their potential to instruct contemporary theory and politics. Another contributor contemplates Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick’s legacy and insists that the only way to read her work is to anticipate the effects it may have in the future rather than assume that interpretations of her scholarship are now settled.
With this issue, recently appointed editor Michael Hardt inaugurates “Against the Day,” a new section composed of short essays that focus on a topic of contemporary political importance.