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S.D. Chrostowska

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Department of Humanities

Professor
Graduate Program in Social and Political Thought

Office: Founders College, 307A
Email: sylwiac@yorku.ca
Primary website: http://yorku.academia.edu/SDChrostowska

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I joined the Department of Humanities in 2011. My published work spans modern political and critical social theory, esp. Frankfurt School; history and theory of discursive and filmic genres; history of literary criticism; cultural memory and affect; and utopianism.

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My current research concerns the history of modern critical thought from the end of the eighteenth to the end of the twentieth century in relation to political economy and emerging conceptions of value. My focus in this history is on social critique’s affective dimension, the structures of feeling intertwined with the development of critical concepts and values, and their expression in the critico-nostalgic and critico-utopian currents of German and French thought. The second axis of my research is a reconceptualization of utopia in light of bodily practices. Here I am looking at, among other things, the historical intersection of conceptions of the human body with those of economic value, which links the bourgeois coding of body utopias (e.g., Cockaigne) with the primitive accumulation of capital.

I teach courses in utopian thought and literature at both the undergraduate and graduate levels; in modernity's cultural moods of melancholy and nostalgia and their intertwined histories; and in the literature of transgression from the Middle Ages to the present.

Degrees

PhD, University of Toronto

Appointments

Faculty of Graduate Studies

Research Interests

Writing , (1) History and genres of discourse (philosophical and socio-theoretical critique, literary criticism, utopianism, historiography), (2) Modes of experience (radical-political action, creativity, mortality, masochism, the affective-reflective states of nostalgia and melancholy), (3) Misc. topics in the philosophy of history and aesthetics., Twentieth-century continental thought, European Studies.
Books

Publication
Year

Feux croisés: Propos pour l'histoire de la survie. Preface by Alexander Kluge. Trans. Joël Gayraud. Paris: Klincksieck, 2018. Critique de la Politique.

2019

Political Uses of Utopia: New Marxist, Anarchist, and Radical Democratic Perspectives. Co-edited with James D. Ingram. New York: Columbia University Press, 2017. New Directions in Critical Theory.

2017

MATCHES: A Light Book. Brooklyn, NY: Punctum, fall 2015.

2015

Permission. Urbana-Champaign, IL: Dalkey Archive Press, 2013. 189 pages.

2013

Book Chapters

Publication
Year

“Destination: Origin—or, Utopia and Political Theology in Oldest Systematic Program of German Idealism.” In Kirill Chepurin and Alex Dubilet, eds., German Idealism and the Future of Political Theology: Kant to Marx. New York, NY: Fordham University Press. Forthcoming.

2018

“Coda: Utopia, Alibi.” In Political Uses of Utopia. Ed. S.D. Chrostowska and James D. Ingram. New York, NY: Columbia University Press, 2018.

2016

"A Passing Glance: Encounters with Deadness and Dying." Beauty and the Abject: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Eds. L. Boldt-Irons, C. Federici, and E. Virgulti. New York: Peter Lang, 2007. 59-84.

2007

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

"Serious, not all that serious: Utopia in contemporary critical theory.” Forthcoming in Constellations.

2019

“The Flesh Is Not Sad: Returns of the Body in the Modern Utopian Tradition.” Forthcoming in Diacritics, special issue on terraforming.

2019

“Trajectory of a Dream.” The Hedgehog Review, forthcoming.

2019

"Progress: From Literature to History." Forthcoming in Common Knowledge.

2018

"The Modern Beggar." The Hedgehog Review 21.1 (2018).

2018

“Adorno et utopie: parcours et détours.” Trans. Élise Aru. Les Cahiers philosophiques (2018).

2018

“The Man without Identities.” The Hedgehog Review 21.2 (2018).

2018

"The Spring and the Reel: On Film and Revolution." boundary 2 44.2 (2017): 95-125.

2017

“Begging for Utopia.” Full Stop Quarterly 5 (April 2017): 44-55.

2017

"Shelf Lives: On Nostalgic Libraries." Public Culture 28.1 (2016): 9-21.

2016

“La Réparation somatique: utopie, corps, politique.” Tumultes 47 (2016): 92-107, in French.

2016

“Critical Longing: Some Remarks on Nostalgia’s Role in Critique.” Dandelion 7.1 (2016): 1-12

2016

“Anti-Sisyphus: The Future Is Not What It Used to Be--A Photograph by Gilbert Garcin.” Photography and Culture 9.2 (2016): 1-4

2016

"Criterion Creation: A Metaepistemological Problem in Perspective." Parrhesia: A Journal of Critical Philosophy 20 (2014): 87-101.

2014

"Thought Woken by Memory: Adorno's Circuitous Path to Utopia." New German Critique 118 (Winter 2013): 93-117.

2013

“A Collision of Gargoyles.” Evental Aesthetics 2.1 (2013): 10-20, special issue on pre-modern aesthetic practices.

2013

"Angelus Novus, Angst of History." diacritics 40.1 (2010): 42-68.

2012

"'Words tickle me, thoughts caress me': Gombrowicz on the Point of Interpretation." Orbis Litterarum 66.2 (2011): 121-147.

2011

"Consumed by Nostalgia?" Sub-stance 39.2 (2010): 52-70.

2010

"Notes for a History of the Political (Capital Events and Bodies Politic in the French Revolution)." Telos 147 (2009): 99-119. Special issue on Carl Schmitt and the event.

2009

"Vis-à-vis the Glaneuse." Angelaki 12.2 (2007): 119-133.

2007

"'A Case, an Affair, an Event' (The Dossier by Michel Foucault)." Clio: A Journal of Literature, History and the Philosophy of History 35.3 (2006): 329-349.

2006

"Stanis?aw Brzozowski, Philosopher of History, Myth, and Will." New Literary History 36.4 (2005): 521-542.

2005

"Polish Literary Criticism Circa 1772: A Genre Perspective." Toronto Slavic Quarterly 14 (2005).

2005

"Above Suspicion." Alphabet City 10: Suspect. Cambridge, MA/Toronto: MIT Press and Alphabet City Media, 2005. 240-244.

2005

"'Masochistic Art of Fantasy': The Literary Works of Bruno Schulz in the Context of Modern Masochism." Russian Literature 55 (2004): 469-501.

2004

Creative Works

Publication
Year

"The Writing on the Wall." Numéro Cinq. August 2017 (final issue).

2017

"Deluge." Polish(ed): Poland Rooted in Canadian Fiction (Toronto: Guernica, 2018). Reprint.

2017

"Opferlingen." Numéro Cinq, December 2016.

2016

"Data on Alien Civilizations"; "Inventions of Potency." Colloquy 27 (2014): 105-108.

2015

"The Thinking Head" - excerpts from Matches. BOMB Magazine, July 2015.

2015

"Proof through the Night" - from MATCHES. 3:AM Magazine, July 2015.

2015

"Bridges." Stand Magazine 12.1 (2014): 55-58.

2014

"Burn"; "On Wasted Time"; "Shadows". The Coming Envelope 9 (2014): 8-15.

2014

"The Third Circuit (Postface to Permission)." The New Quarterly 130 (April 2014): 53-60.

2014

Seven and a Half Studies: "The Good, the Bad, and the Beyond"; "Notes of a Writer-Suicide"; "Homodomus"; "Midwife"; "Of Parables"; "No Outstanding Work"; "Called Literature"; "The Post-Book." Review of Contemporary Fiction 33.3 (2013). "Autofictions" issue.

2014

“Inedits.” (Critical fragments). Convolution: Journal for Critical Experiment 2 (2013): 1-7.

2013

Cave Hominem”; “The Great Indoors”; “Loose Pages from a Diary: on dog days in W., house”; “Funeral”; “Deluge.” The Review of Contemporary Fiction 33.1 (2013): 22-35.

2013

"The Raven." Wet Ink 24 (2011): 33.

2011

"Saltos Morales." New Writing 8.2 (2011): 194-199.

2011

"The Old Earth." Rampike 19.2 (2010): 71.

2010

"Where Things Go to Die." New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing 6.1 (2009): 35-39.

2009

“Parable of the Cave, Redux”; “Sadness—après Van Gogh”; “Of an American Indian Prophet”; “Message to a Prophet, General Delivery”; “About My Library.” Exile: The Literary Quarterly 32.3 (2008): 74-79.

2008

“Glass”; “Sonatina for Piano.” Janus Head: Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature, Continental Philosophy, Phenomenological Psychology, and the Arts 10.2 (2008): 625-626.

2008

Approach to Teaching


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type  
Winter 2017  AP/HUMA 4185 6.00   Modern Moods: Nostalgia and Melancholy  SEMR   
Winter 2017  AP/HUMA 4605 6.00   Literary Utopias in Western Civilization  SEMR   
Winter 2017  GS/HUMA 6325 3.00   The Idea of Utopia: Introduction to Utopology  SEMR   


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2018 AP/HUMA4605 6.0 A Utopias in Literature SEMR
Fall/Winter 2018 AP/HUMA4185 6.0 A Modern Moods: Nostalgia and Melancholy SEMR
Winter 2019 GS/HUMA6160 3.0 M Perspectives on Ignorance SEMR



I joined the Department of Humanities in 2011. My published work spans modern political and critical social theory, esp. Frankfurt School; history and theory of discursive and filmic genres; history of literary criticism; cultural memory and affect; and utopianism.

My current research concerns the history of modern critical thought from the end of the eighteenth to the end of the twentieth century in relation to political economy and emerging conceptions of value. My focus in this history is on social critique’s affective dimension, the structures of feeling intertwined with the development of critical concepts and values, and their expression in the critico-nostalgic and critico-utopian currents of German and French thought. The second axis of my research is a reconceptualization of utopia in light of bodily practices. Here I am looking at, among other things, the historical intersection of conceptions of the human body with those of economic value, which links the bourgeois coding of body utopias (e.g., Cockaigne) with the primitive accumulation of capital.

I teach courses in utopian thought and literature at both the undergraduate and graduate levels; in modernity's cultural moods of melancholy and nostalgia and their intertwined histories; and in the literature of transgression from the Middle Ages to the present.

Degrees

PhD, University of Toronto

Appointments

Faculty of Graduate Studies

Research Interests

Writing , (1) History and genres of discourse (philosophical and socio-theoretical critique, literary criticism, utopianism, historiography), (2) Modes of experience (radical-political action, creativity, mortality, masochism, the affective-reflective states of nostalgia and melancholy), (3) Misc. topics in the philosophy of history and aesthetics., Twentieth-century continental thought, European Studies.

All Publications


Book Chapters

Publication
Year

“Destination: Origin—or, Utopia and Political Theology in Oldest Systematic Program of German Idealism.” In Kirill Chepurin and Alex Dubilet, eds., German Idealism and the Future of Political Theology: Kant to Marx. New York, NY: Fordham University Press. Forthcoming.

2018

“Coda: Utopia, Alibi.” In Political Uses of Utopia. Ed. S.D. Chrostowska and James D. Ingram. New York, NY: Columbia University Press, 2018.

2016

"A Passing Glance: Encounters with Deadness and Dying." Beauty and the Abject: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Eds. L. Boldt-Irons, C. Federici, and E. Virgulti. New York: Peter Lang, 2007. 59-84.

2007

Books

Publication
Year

Feux croisés: Propos pour l'histoire de la survie. Preface by Alexander Kluge. Trans. Joël Gayraud. Paris: Klincksieck, 2018. Critique de la Politique.

2019

Political Uses of Utopia: New Marxist, Anarchist, and Radical Democratic Perspectives. Co-edited with James D. Ingram. New York: Columbia University Press, 2017. New Directions in Critical Theory.

2017

MATCHES: A Light Book. Brooklyn, NY: Punctum, fall 2015.

2015

Permission. Urbana-Champaign, IL: Dalkey Archive Press, 2013. 189 pages.

2013

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

"Serious, not all that serious: Utopia in contemporary critical theory.” Forthcoming in Constellations.

2019

“The Flesh Is Not Sad: Returns of the Body in the Modern Utopian Tradition.” Forthcoming in Diacritics, special issue on terraforming.

2019

“Trajectory of a Dream.” The Hedgehog Review, forthcoming.

2019

"Progress: From Literature to History." Forthcoming in Common Knowledge.

2018

"The Modern Beggar." The Hedgehog Review 21.1 (2018).

2018

“Adorno et utopie: parcours et détours.” Trans. Élise Aru. Les Cahiers philosophiques (2018).

2018

“The Man without Identities.” The Hedgehog Review 21.2 (2018).

2018

"The Spring and the Reel: On Film and Revolution." boundary 2 44.2 (2017): 95-125.

2017

“Begging for Utopia.” Full Stop Quarterly 5 (April 2017): 44-55.

2017

"Shelf Lives: On Nostalgic Libraries." Public Culture 28.1 (2016): 9-21.

2016

“La Réparation somatique: utopie, corps, politique.” Tumultes 47 (2016): 92-107, in French.

2016

“Critical Longing: Some Remarks on Nostalgia’s Role in Critique.” Dandelion 7.1 (2016): 1-12

2016

“Anti-Sisyphus: The Future Is Not What It Used to Be--A Photograph by Gilbert Garcin.” Photography and Culture 9.2 (2016): 1-4

2016

"Criterion Creation: A Metaepistemological Problem in Perspective." Parrhesia: A Journal of Critical Philosophy 20 (2014): 87-101.

2014

"Thought Woken by Memory: Adorno's Circuitous Path to Utopia." New German Critique 118 (Winter 2013): 93-117.

2013

“A Collision of Gargoyles.” Evental Aesthetics 2.1 (2013): 10-20, special issue on pre-modern aesthetic practices.

2013

"Angelus Novus, Angst of History." diacritics 40.1 (2010): 42-68.

2012

"'Words tickle me, thoughts caress me': Gombrowicz on the Point of Interpretation." Orbis Litterarum 66.2 (2011): 121-147.

2011

"Consumed by Nostalgia?" Sub-stance 39.2 (2010): 52-70.

2010

"Notes for a History of the Political (Capital Events and Bodies Politic in the French Revolution)." Telos 147 (2009): 99-119. Special issue on Carl Schmitt and the event.

2009

"Vis-à-vis the Glaneuse." Angelaki 12.2 (2007): 119-133.

2007

"'A Case, an Affair, an Event' (The Dossier by Michel Foucault)." Clio: A Journal of Literature, History and the Philosophy of History 35.3 (2006): 329-349.

2006

"Stanis?aw Brzozowski, Philosopher of History, Myth, and Will." New Literary History 36.4 (2005): 521-542.

2005

"Polish Literary Criticism Circa 1772: A Genre Perspective." Toronto Slavic Quarterly 14 (2005).

2005

"Above Suspicion." Alphabet City 10: Suspect. Cambridge, MA/Toronto: MIT Press and Alphabet City Media, 2005. 240-244.

2005

"'Masochistic Art of Fantasy': The Literary Works of Bruno Schulz in the Context of Modern Masochism." Russian Literature 55 (2004): 469-501.

2004

Creative Works

Publication
Year

"The Writing on the Wall." Numéro Cinq. August 2017 (final issue).

2017

"Deluge." Polish(ed): Poland Rooted in Canadian Fiction (Toronto: Guernica, 2018). Reprint.

2017

"Opferlingen." Numéro Cinq, December 2016.

2016

"Data on Alien Civilizations"; "Inventions of Potency." Colloquy 27 (2014): 105-108.

2015

"The Thinking Head" - excerpts from Matches. BOMB Magazine, July 2015.

2015

"Proof through the Night" - from MATCHES. 3:AM Magazine, July 2015.

2015

"Bridges." Stand Magazine 12.1 (2014): 55-58.

2014

"Burn"; "On Wasted Time"; "Shadows". The Coming Envelope 9 (2014): 8-15.

2014

"The Third Circuit (Postface to Permission)." The New Quarterly 130 (April 2014): 53-60.

2014

Seven and a Half Studies: "The Good, the Bad, and the Beyond"; "Notes of a Writer-Suicide"; "Homodomus"; "Midwife"; "Of Parables"; "No Outstanding Work"; "Called Literature"; "The Post-Book." Review of Contemporary Fiction 33.3 (2013). "Autofictions" issue.

2014

“Inedits.” (Critical fragments). Convolution: Journal for Critical Experiment 2 (2013): 1-7.

2013

Cave Hominem”; “The Great Indoors”; “Loose Pages from a Diary: on dog days in W., house”; “Funeral”; “Deluge.” The Review of Contemporary Fiction 33.1 (2013): 22-35.

2013

"The Raven." Wet Ink 24 (2011): 33.

2011

"Saltos Morales." New Writing 8.2 (2011): 194-199.

2011

"The Old Earth." Rampike 19.2 (2010): 71.

2010

"Where Things Go to Die." New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing 6.1 (2009): 35-39.

2009

“Parable of the Cave, Redux”; “Sadness—après Van Gogh”; “Of an American Indian Prophet”; “Message to a Prophet, General Delivery”; “About My Library.” Exile: The Literary Quarterly 32.3 (2008): 74-79.

2008

“Glass”; “Sonatina for Piano.” Janus Head: Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature, Continental Philosophy, Phenomenological Psychology, and the Arts 10.2 (2008): 625-626.

2008

Approach to Teaching


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type  
Winter 2017  AP/HUMA 4185 6.00   Modern Moods: Nostalgia and Melancholy  SEMR   
Winter 2017  AP/HUMA 4605 6.00   Literary Utopias in Western Civilization  SEMR   
Winter 2017  GS/HUMA 6325 3.00   The Idea of Utopia: Introduction to Utopology  SEMR   


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2018 AP/HUMA4605 6.0 A Utopias in Literature SEMR
Fall/Winter 2018 AP/HUMA4185 6.0 A Modern Moods: Nostalgia and Melancholy SEMR
Winter 2019 GS/HUMA6160 3.0 M Perspectives on Ignorance SEMR