“Judith Butler’s focus in this collection of five essays written and revised between 2004 and 2008 is the USA under George W. Bush, with Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay looming in the background. The questions she addresses however – about which lives are deemed worthy of grief and which are not, and what counts as a life in the first place – have a clear bearing on the cultural politics of grief beyond the USA. As Butler rightly insists, these themes have by no means been made obsolete by the ending of the Bush regime.”
The full review is not available online.
In the same issue, Owen Hatherley’s Militant Modernism has also been reviewed.