Andrew N. Rubin

 

 

 

Andrew Rubin, Georgetotown, tenure
Andrew Rubin, Archives of Authority, Georgetown, tenure

 

Andrew Rubin, Edward Said, the Edward Said Reader. moustafa Bayoumi
Andrew Rubin, Archives of Authority, Georgetown, tenure

 

Professor Andrew N. Rubin is the author of Archives of Authority: Empire, Culture, and the Cold War (Princeton 2012), and has co-edited the collected works of Edward Said (The Edward Said Reader) as well as Adorno: A Critical Reader.  For twelve years, Rubin  taught as a Professor of English at Georgetown University, and has written extensively on the work of Theodor Adorno, Edward Said, and George Orwell, among others for journals such as The South Atlantic Quarterly, History of the Present, Alif: Journal of Comparative PoeticsThe New Statesman, and The Nation.His current project America’s Last Taboo: the Holocaust, the Question of Palestine, and Philology’s Reinvention of Europe, interprets the works of four of the twentieth century’s most formidable intellectual exiles—Hannah Arendt, Theodor Adorno, Erich Auerbach, and Edward Said—in order to challenge the cultural forces that have kept their postwar experiences of dislocation and exile in America almost entirely historically closed off from each other.By interpreting Arendt’s The Origins of Totalitarianism, Adorno and Horkheimer’s Dialectic of Enlightenment, and Auerbach’s Mimesis concurrently with Said’s Orientalism, the book aims not only to recover these writers’ overlapping and intertwined exilic experiences from the largely anecdotal or ahistorical register in which they have been discussed, but also to traverse the imaginary geographies that continue to divide the history of European anti-Semitism from the history of Orientalism and Islamophobia.I emphasize how a contrapuntal perspective not only discloses the interrelated roots of both European anti-Semitism and Orientalism, but also reveals the ways  the public discussion of “Islamophobia and the  West” is separated from the public discussion of “Europe and the Jewish Question.”In this respect, the book explores how the simultaneous interpretation of Auerbach’s study of the figura, of Said’s use of the secular, of Arendt’s definition of the human, and of Adorno and Horkheimer’s concept of reason can, when studied together as an ensemble, allow us to create new maps for understanding the overlapping experiences of modernity.