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Theory's empire : an anthology of dissent

Author: Daphne Patai; Wilfrido H Corral
Publisher: New York ; Chichester, England : Columbia University Press, 2005. ©2005
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Not too long ago, literary theorists were writing about the death of the novel and the death of the author; today many are talking about the death of Theory. Theory, as the many theoretical ism's (among them postcolonialism, postmodernism, and New Historicism) are now known, once seemed so exciting but has become ossified and insular. This iconoclastic collection is an excellent companion to current anthologies of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Document
Document Type: Book, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Daphne Patai; Wilfrido H Corral
ISBN: 1322592187 9781322592183 0231508697 9780231508698
OCLC Number: 1162201595
Language Note: English.
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 1 online resource (1617 pages)
Contents: Cover ; Half title; Title; Copyright; Contents ; Introduction; Part I. Theory Rising; Introduction; 1. Theory, What Theory?; 2. Destroying Literary Studies; 3. Traveling Through American Criticism; 4. The Rise and Fall of "Practical" Criticism: From I.A. Richards to Barthes and Derrida; 5. The Power and Limits of Literary Theory; 6. Is Theory to Blame?; 7. Theory, Theories, and Principles; Part II. Linguistic Turns; Introduction; 8. The Linguistic Unconscious: Saussure and the Post-Saussureans; 9. Literary Theory and Its Discontents; 10. The Quandaries of the Referent 11. The Great Dichotomy12. The Deconstructive Angel; Part III. Empire Building; Introduction; 13. The Grand Academy of Theory; 14. Theorrhea and Kulturkritik; 15. Masters and Demons; 16. The Debate Over the Wartime Writings of Paul de Man: The Language of Setting the Record Straight; 17. Presentism: Postmodernism, Poststructuralism, Postcolonialism; 18. Preface for a Post-Postcolonial Criticism; Part IV. Theory as a Profession; Introduction; 19. Author! Author! Reconstructing Roland Barthes; 20. The French Intellectual Habitus and Literary Culture 21. Social Constructionism: Philosophy for the Academic Workplace22. Bad Writing; 23. Everyman an Übermensch: The Culture of Cultural Studies; 24. The End of Theory, the Rise of the Profession: A Rant in Search of Responses; Part V. Identities; Introduction; 25. The Cant of Identity; 26. The Gender Fallacy; 27. Feminism's Perverse Effects; 28. Queer Theory, Literature, and the Sexualization of Everything: The Gay Science; 29. Battle of the Bien-Pensant; Part VI. Theory as Surrogate Politics; Introduction; 30. Oppositional Opposition; 31. Silence is Consent, or Curse Ye Meroz! 32. Criticism as Displacement33. Thick Aestheticism and Thin Nativism; 34. Casualties of the Culture Wars; Part VII. Restoring Reason; Introduction; 35. Rationality/Science; 36. The Furor Over Impostures Intellectuelles: What is all the Fuss About?; 37. The Sleep of Reason; 38. Staying for an Answer: The Untidy Process of Groping for Truth; 39. What is Social Construction?; 40. Postcolonial Science Studies: Ending "Epistemic Violence"; Part VIII. Still Reading After All These Theories ... ; Introduction; 41. Literature and Theory: Notes on the Research Programs of the 1980s; 42. Changing Epochs 43. Making Knowledge: Bioepistemology and the Foundations of Literary Theory44. Literature and Fiction; 45. Literary Aesthetics and the Aims of Criticism; 46. Crisis in the Humanities? Reconfiguring Literary Study for the Twenty-first Century; Coda; Introduction; 47. A Hippocratic Oath for the Pluralist; List of Contributors; Index
Responsibility: edited by Daphne Patai and Will H. Corral.

Abstract:

Not too long ago, literary theorists were writing about the death of the novel and the death of the author; today many are talking about the death of Theory. Theory, as the many theoretical ism's (among them postcolonialism, postmodernism, and New Historicism) are now known, once seemed so exciting but has become ossified and insular. This iconoclastic collection is an excellent companion to current anthologies of literary theory, which have embraced an uncritical stance toward Theory and its practitioners. Written by nearly fifty prominent scholars, the essays in Theory's Empire question the.

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