On the Inconvenience of Other People


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Duke University Press
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.53 inches | 0.76 pounds

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About the Author

Lauren Berlant (1957-2021) was George M. Pullman Distinguished Service Professor of English at the University of Chicago and the author and coauthor of many books, including The Queen of America Goes to Washington City; The Female Complaint; Cruel Optimism; Sex, or the Unbearable; and The Hundreds, all also published by Duke University Press.


"The author is as sharp as ever at drawing from postcolonial, queer, and affect theory. Fans of Berlant's bright, electrifying thinking will want to check this out."-- "Publishers Weekly" (5/6/2022 12:00:00 AM)
"In Inconvenience, that pedagogy is sly, confiding, and digressive. . . . On the Inconvenience of Other People is, finally, a book in all its feels--from happiness to a death wish--all at once. And it's the last work of a scholar whose theory felt personal, and whose death was mourned far beyond those who knew Berlant: a perfect encapsulation of intimacy within publicity and the publicity of intimacy, a monument to their very work."--Hannah Zeavin "Bookforum" (9/1/2022 12:00:00 AM)
"A coherent and helpful addition to the ideas, now influential throughout the culture, that Berlant wrought in 2011's Cruel Optimism."--Jo Livingstone "4Columns" (9/23/2022 12:00:00 AM)
"Offers moments of stunning clarity with the kinds of pithy declarative revelations that can easily spiral a reader toward an entirely new outlook on life. Their writing is a paragon of world-breaking and world-making insight."--Megan Volpert "Popmatters" (11/2/2022 12:00:00 AM)