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'Making the Case:' special double issue of Critical Inquiry
Date:9/25/2007

She continues: Sometimes, though, an event more than perturbs; it disturbs, creates a louder noise that opens up a field of debate about expertise, modes of description, narration, evaluation, argument, and judgment.

The first volume of the double issue Making the Case examines professional practices and conventions, their histories and what they mean for how we organize knowledge, justice, and care. The second volume, Missing Persons forthcoming in Fall 2007 looks at the ways kinds of people are used as examples of things. For example, why do we assume the close-up increases what we know about someone rather than weirdly twists or distorts it? What if the history of the working class looked at servants and not industrial workers? What does a disrupted personality type such as in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder tell us about the ways we think of ordinary personality? Together these two issues offer a compelling introduction to an important emerging field of inquiry.

This is why the topic of the case matters: the conventions of the case, of the fate of singularity in exemplifying narratives and expert commentary, are honed by debates about consensus sensibility, Berlant writes. Any time is a good time for some reflection on that.

Making the Case: Summer 2007

Peter Goodrich The New Casuistry

Diana Taylor Double Blind: The Torture Case

Nasser Hussain Beyond Norm and Exception: Guantnamo

Lauren Berlant Slow Death (Sovereignty, Obesity, Lateral Agency

Claire Pentecost Appetites/Sovereignty

John Forrester On Kuhns Case: Psychoanalysis and Paradigm

Jessica Dubow Case Interrupted: Benjamin, Sebald, and the Dialectical Image

James Chandler The Face of the Case: Conrad, Lord Jim, and the Sentimental Novel

Christopher Nealon The Poetic Case

Missing Persons: Fall 2007

Candace Vogler The Moral of the Story


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