Monday, June 22, 2009

Author Spotlight: Mari Ruti

This is the first in what we hope will be a series of posts spotlighting SUNY Press authors. Today we're featuring Mari Ruti, author of the new book, A World of Fragile Things: Psychoanalysis and the Art of Living. In it, she explores the following questions: How are our lives meaningful? What is the relationship of loss to creativity? How can we best engage and overcome our suffering? Mari's psychoanalytic perspective on “the art of living” focuses on ever-evolving processes of self-fashioning rather than defining a fixed sense of self. Peter L. Rudnytsky praised Mari and the book: “Ruti’s bracing postmodernist sensibility is well ballasted by genuine open-mindedness and even a refreshing dash of humanism."

Mari's studies took her from Brown to the University of Paris and Harvard; from international development to sociology, and eventually comparative literature after she became increasingly interested in contemporary theory and philosophy. Her work targets the intersection of critical theory, psychoanalysis, and continental philosophy. Plus, she also had the privilege of studying psychoanalytic theory with the legendary Julia Kristeva at the University of Paris.

Currently, Mari is Associate Professor of Critical Theory at the University of Toronto, and she splits her time between Toronto, Hawaii, and the East Coast. Visit Mari's newly launched website, which, she informs us, is still a work in progress. So far, much like her work, it's contemporary and quite eloquent.