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10. Presence: Philosophy, History and Cultural Theory for the 21st Century ed. (Ithaca, New York, London: Cornell University Press, 2013, with Ethan Kleinberg).
‘Humanists will find fascinating and compelling ways in Presence to identify and understand an array of effects produced by historians’, historical actors’, and readers’ contact with the ‘real’. And by accounting for this contact, humanists may increase the explanatory power of their work. Presence is also an enormously complex volume….Presence opens paths for future research as well as demonstrates the wider purchase the postlinguistic or postdiscursive theory of presence has for those seeking to explain and explore the existential aspects of the condition humaine. Humanists will hopefully rejoice at the prospect of using the category of presence to, as Roger I. Simon, examine how material objects can conjure the past’s immediacy, or, as Ranjan Ghosh, glimpse the ground of cultural phenomena. Hopefully, more work that accounts for presence will be forthcoming.' History of European Ideas, 2014, Routledge http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01916599.2014.893122?journalCode=rhei20#.UysMWfmSygU
While my logic may be in error, it seems somewhat unlikely to me that the past defined as the time before now and history that is a narrative created about it can be squeezed into the same ontological category. In arguing this I do not doubt the clarity and commitment to the idea of the contributors. It is merely that (for me) the arguments made in defence of the idea of presence and its elucidation lack any logic that convinces me. But I have to say all the contributors to the collection make the very best of such a bizarre idea….History is nothing more substantial than a series of differential acts of aesthesis. Or, if you prefer, a massively important and significant set of differential acts of aesthesis. How important historying is to the historian varies I assume. In the Epilogue to the collection Ghosh addresses ‘presence’ in terms of the return of the aesthetic and expends time on the concept of catachresis. This seems a reasonable way to end a text such as this – a text that is never just a text but an industrial strength investment in preferred sets of judgements about how is the ‘best way’ to engage with the time before now. Review by Alun Munslow, Rethinking History, Vol 18, Issue 4, 2014, 633-37
‘The volume is an important intervention in the most fundamental debates within the humanities today.’ History and Theory, 53 (February 2014), 151.
11. Aesthetics, Politics, Pedagogy and Tagore: Towards a Transcultural Philosophy of Education (London & New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)
12. Lover's Quarrel with the Past: Romance, Representation, Reading (Oxford and New York: Berghahn Books, 2012). http://www.berghahnbooks.com/title.php?rowtag=GhoshLovers
Ranjan Ghosh’s slender volume suggests, the last 150 years have turned history on its head, compelling practitioners and theorists alike to ask hard questions about the politics of collective memory, the limits and possibilities of secularism and above all, the pressure of the contemporary present on the fate of ‘History’ as an arbiter of outcomes that matter well beyond the discipline itself. Quarrels abound, and the stakes are high, even, and perhaps especially, for those enthralled by the philosophical parameters of the project of narrating the past.... Review by Antoinette Burton, South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, Routledge, 2014.
‘Ghosh has written an original, intriguing, even passionate book and, for the most part it is written in an appealing style, with interesting images and quirky turns of phrase.’ Paul Doolan The Review 19, No. 67, Spring 2014, International Institute of Asian Studies, Netherlands
‘A Lover’s Quarrel With The Past is informed, informative, thoughtful and thought provoking, making it a highly recommended study for academicians and non-professional general readers with an interest in history and the representation of history.’ Midwest Book Review
‘Ghosh (English, U. of North Bengal) brings a fresh non-historian perspective to the study of history, exploring in his central conceit, culture's romance and frustrations with the past in relation to the present. Focussing primarily on India, this slim but rich work addresses how history and analysis connect, and how history simultaneously transcends and acts as foundation for a complex understanding of the world in a variety of contexts such as ethics, religion, and global politics.’ (Annotation 2012 Books News Inc. Portland, OR)
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8. Thinking Literature Across Continents (co-authored with J. Hillis Miller, Durham, London: Duke University Press, Fall, 2016)
"This collaborative, explicitly dialogical volume is a most important intervention in comparative and world literature studies. Its five sections provide vital new perspectives on transcultural entanglement within and across Asia, Europe, and beyond. Ranjan Ghosh's explorations in '(in)fusion,' his transnational, transcontinental theory of literature, combined with J. Hillis Miller's 'unmasking' of ideological distortions via rhetorical readings of individual works offer timely challenges to past and present configurations of both 'world literature' and 'comparative literature.' Thinking Literature across Continents rightly urges and itself provides an expert example of continued rigor and broader outlooks in our study of literature in all its myriad forms." — Karen Thornber, Professor of Comparative Literature and of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University.
"Rejecting any easy binaries between East and West, Ranjan Ghosh and J. Hillis Miller read across not just continents but languages, traditions, cultures, texts, philosophies, and pedagogies. For Ghosh, method comes before text; for Miller, text comes before method. Working both ends to the middle, the authors elegantly demonstrate a new, powerful, and generous way to do critique, inviting readers directly into their conversation to tease out its productive ruptures, surprising convergences, and thorny entanglements. A highly readable, wonderfully inventive, and deeply satisfying book." — Diana Fuss, Louis W. Fairchild '24 Professor of English, Princeton University
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9. Philosophy and Poetry: Continental Perspectives ed. (New York: Columbia University Press, 2019).
6. Transcultural Poetics and the Concept of the Poet: Philip Sidney to T. S. Eliot (London & New York: Routledge, 2017).
'Ranjan Ghosh poses a series of challenging questions about poetry, its methods and its manners, drawing on a striking range of intellectual and spiritual contexts, both eastern and western, and moving with enviable fluency between many of the greatest figures of the English literary tradition. A ranging and inclusive writer, Ghosh exemplifies in a highly individual way the imagination he singles out for notice in Coleridge -- 'a syncopation of contrary elements'. Professor Seamus Perry, University of Oxford
‘The book is structured like a spiderweb, hazarding hundreds of filament-like connections between passages of books that often have only a little history in common. The “impassioned discontinuous continuity” that Ghosh finds in Coleridge sets out the structure and ethos of this book. It shows that “meaningful communication” across cultures does not have to be a matter of common denominators and agreed-upon terms. Ghosh seeks “the way and mechanism to overcome the blinkered, absolutist, nonpluralist relativism that incommensurability legitimizes.” He finds it in something he calls “trans-habit.”… Spiderweb, after all, is stronger than an equal volume of steel—and the measure of this book is not its “solidity” (a term that seeks to reward predictability; “solid” often means “boring”) but its tensile strength.
Quoted from the Preface to the book by Haun Saussy, University Professor, University of Chicago.
Yuan Shu, Review of "Thinking Literature across Continents" by Ranjan Ghosh and J. Hillis Miller," Choice 54:10 (June 2017): 1350.
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Special Number on Thinking Literature across Continents in CounterText, Vol 3, Issue 3 (2017): Click here for more details.
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Critical Forum on Thinking Literature across Continents (titled 'Thinking From and Within Continents') in College Literature, Vol. 45, No. 4, Fall 2018 Project MUSE - Introduction: Indexing Thinking, Thinking Index: Sahitya
1. The Plastic Turn [Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press, under contract, forthcoming, 2021]
2. Figures the Plastic Makes (under review)
3. Plastic Literature [under preparation]
7. Figuring the Trans-historical: Listening, Attunement and Presence (with Ethan Kleinberg, under review FUP, forthcoming)
Review essay by Emily Apter on Thinking Literature across Continents in Wallace Stevens Journal, 42.12, Fall, 2018: http://muse.jhu.edu/article/707913
Forum on Thinking Literature across Continents in Comparative Literature Studies, Vol. 55, No. 4, 2018 (Penn State University Press) https://muse.jhu.edu/issue/39696
Forum on Thinking Literature across Continents in Literary Imagination, Vol 20, Issue 3, 2018, (Oxford University Press),
Review in Commonwealth Essays and Studies 40.2 | 2018 Click here for more details: Ranjan Gosh, J. Hillis Miller, Thinking Literature Across Continents
---- Thomas Docherty, Professor of English and of Comparative Literature, University of Warwick, author of Political English (2019) & Literature and Capital (2018)
Ranjan Ghosh continues his groundbreaking work on identity and transnational thought with Trans(in)fusion: Reflections for Critical Thinking. One of contemporary theory’s most insightful thinkers about the vexing nature of understanding identity in twenty-first-century life, Ghosh blazes new trails as he posits literary aesthetics as a paradigm for mapping our way forward in our precarious world. Trans(in)fusion: Reflections for Critical Thinking is a must-read for anyone endeavoring to explore the place of theory in intellectual life.
—Kenneth Womack, Monmouth University, author of Sound Pictures (2018) & Solid State: The Story of Abbey Road and the End of the Beatles (2019).
Trans(in)fusion: Reflections for Critical Thinking, is, in a sense, the transcription of the motions of Ranjan Ghosh’s mind. These are mental journeys in four extended meditations upon some key themes of critical and trans-disciplinary thinking—upon the aesthetic imaginary, tradition, language, and thought itself. They are thinkings not so much about but within our thinking within the literary, our criticism of the literary; and this thinking is from what at our initial encounter appears to be Ghosh’s unique perspective, or rather his mode or personal style. Yet, as I followed these meditations, I began to realize that this method of thought, or non-method of thought, which he calls “trans(in)fusion,” is, in fact, my own. I, at least, took these journeys personally, discovering for myself, as I followed Ghosh’s thinking, how our, my own thinking is “caught in formations, in deeply entangled formations, moving across borders of thinking and discourses of specialization and epistemic confinements” and yet how I, we, “cannot think a thought twice in a similar way; we can think a thought again but differently always.”
--------Stephen R. Yarbrough, Department of English, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, author of The Levels of Ambience: An Introduction to Integrative Rhetoric (2018) & Inventive Intercourse: From Rhetorical Conflict to the Ethical Creation of Novel Truth(2016).
'The specific charm of this book on trans(in)fusion comes from the heady mix of Ghosh’s writing, which draws upon an almost unfathomably deep familiarity with modern critical theory (from poststructuralism to postcolonialism and well beyond), with the history of philosophy and religion, with the most recondite scientific concepts from quantum mechanics or molecular bonding, all along with Ghosh’s stunning ability to draw upon an unparalleled breadth of literary, cultural, and linguistic traditions that truly span the world, not just his core basis in the Anglophone world and South Asia but also in surprising and delightful ways, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, and East Asia .... Enjoy the charm and be prepared for the critical challenges of a thinking and questioning that knows no bounds but only the perilous joys of every kind of trans-.' Quoted from the Preface by Georges Van Den Abbeele (Professor, University of California, Irvine)
Ranjan Ghosh is the author of a series of important books in literary and cultural theory. With his Trans(in)fusion: Reflections for Critical Thinking, he has perhaps reached the culmination of his years of thinking through some of the most pressing and salient issues and problems facing the contemporary critic. The work is a bravura exercise in post-Deleuzian thinking, with an enviable scope and ambit. It extends Ghosh’s alreadyexisting work on the ‘aesthetic imaginary’. Along the way, there are some quite extraordinary reflections on key topics and concepts for our scholarship in the field of humanities: tradition, translation, the very question of what constitutes the experience of reading or of engagement with any and all cultural forms. Perhaps the most impressive aspect of this work is its massive erudition. The range is extensive, the command masterful. This is a work of outstanding originality.
4. Plastic Tagore: Thinking After Yesterday (under review)
13. Random: What it Means and Fails to Say (under preparation)