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French theory : how Foucault, Derrida, Deleuze, & Co. transformed the intellectual life of the United States

Author: Fran�cois Cusset ; translated by Jeff Fort with Josephine Berganza and Marlon Jones. ; François Cusset; Jeff Fort; Josephine Berganza; Marlon Jones
Publisher: Minneapolis ; London : University of Minnesota Press, [2008] ©2008
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In such a difficult genre, full of traps and obstacles, French Theory is a success and a remarkable book in every respect: it is fair, balanced, and informed. I am sure this book will become the reference on both sides of the Atlantic." Jacques Derrida. During the last three decades of the twentieth century, a disparate group of radical French thinkers achieved an improbable level of influence and fame in the
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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Fran�cois Cusset ; translated by Jeff Fort with Josephine Berganza and Marlon Jones. ; François Cusset; Jeff Fort; Josephine Berganza; Marlon Jones
ISBN: 9780816647323 9780816647330 0816647321 081664733X
OCLC Number: 190876075
Language Note: Translated from the French.
Notes: Originally published in French in 2003.
Description: xxi, 388 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction : Sokal effect --
Prehistories --
Academic enclave --
Seventies : a turning point --
Literature and theory --
Deconstruction sites --
Politics of identity --
Ideological backlash --
Academic stars --
Students and users --
Art practices --
Theoretical machinations --
Theory as norm : a lasting influence --
Worldwide theory : a global legacy --
Meanwhile, back in France ... --
Conclusion : Difference and affirmation.
Other Titles: French theory.
Responsibility: François Cusset ; translated by Jeff Fort with Josephine Berganza and Marlon Jones.
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"In such a difficult genre, full of traps and obstacles, French Theory is a success and a remarkable book in every respect: it is fair, balanced, and informed. I am sure this book will become the reference on both sides of the Atlantic." Jacques Derrida. During the last three decades of the twentieth century, a disparate group of radical French thinkers achieved an improbable level of influence and fame in the United States. Compared by at least one journalist to the British rock'n'roll invasion, the arrival of works by Michel Foucault, Jacques Derrida, Jean-Franc̜ois Lyotard, Jean Baudrillard, Gilles Deleuze, and Félix Guattari on American shores in the late 1970s and 1980s caused a sensation. Outside the academy, French theory had a profound impact on the era's emerging identity politics while also becoming, in the 1980s, the target of right-wing propagandists. At the same time in academic departments across the country, their poststructuralist form of radical suspicion transformed disciplines from literature to anthropology to architecture. By the 1990s, French theory was woven deeply into America's cultural and intellectual fabric. French Theoryis the first comprehensive account of the American fortunes of these unlikely philosophical celebrities. Franc̜ois Cusset looks at why America proved to be such fertile ground for French theory, how such demanding writings could become so widely influential, and the peculiarly American readings of these works. Reveling in the gossipy history, Cusset also provides a lively exploration of the many provocative critical practices inspired by French theory. Ultimately, he dares to shine a bright light on the exultation of these thinkers to assess the relevance of critical theory to social and political activism today-showing, finally, how French theory has become inextricably bound with American life. Franc̜ois Cusset, a writer and intellectual historian, teaches contemporary French thought in Paris at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques and at Columbia University's Reid Hall. His books include Queer Critics and La Décennie. Jeff Fort is assistant professor of French at the University of California, Davis. He has translated works by Maurice Blanchot, Jean Genet, and Jean-Luc Nancy.

Explores how the French theory of philosophy, which became popular during the last three decades of the twentieth century, spread to America and examines the critical practices that French theory inspired.

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