DepositConversations: The Journal of Cavellian Studies, no. 5

Politics seems bound up with questions of the ordinary and everyday as opposed to the extraordinary. This may be a Cavellian way of articulating the problem of political praxis, i.e., the point at which theory “becomes” action, but notice, at least in Cavell-speak, which way the trajectory flows. The Wittgensteinian charge to bring language back from holiday could be construed as a search for political or real-world praxis but not at the point where theory becomes action, but where theory is, in a sense, forgone or put on hiatus for the sake of action. Yet how to prescribe such a hiatus or forgoing, say, theoretically? The banal charge to “simply do,” or to say, “this is simply what I do,” seems not much better. These essays wrestle with such issues. We have gathered them here, for the sake of coherence, under the thematic moniker of “politics,” as our call for papers explicitly solicited explorations of Cavell and the Aesthetization of Politics. The contributions, nonetheless, are broad and eclectic and address politics and praxis from a number of angles.

DepositExcentric Affects in Cristina Rivera Garza’s Nadie me verá llorar

In this article I try to show how the Mexican Revolution was not only national in nature but also helped ordinary individuals break down barriers in their personal lives. The protagonist of Nadie me verá llorar was considered a madwoman in Porfirian society and with the Revolution she comes into her own and finds a space in post revolutionary Mexico D.F.