Ends of Theory

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Featuring diverse disciplines and including creative as well as critical work, The Ends of Theory both exemplifies the impact of critical theory and questions its future. The sixteen essays in this anthology reflect on the nature and purpose of theoretical work in the humanities and succeed in bridging critical and creative production. Contributors include Arthur Danto, Paul A. Bove, Bob Perelman, and Steve McCaffery.
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Featuring diverse disciplines and including creative as well as critical work, The Ends of Theory both exemplifies the impact of critical theory and questions its future. The sixteen essays in this anthology reflect on the nature and purpose of theoretical work in the humanities and succeed in bridging critical and creative production. Contributors include Arthur Danto, Paul A. Bove, Bob Perelman, and Steve McCaffery.
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A reference providing entries for 51 authors of English-language literature for young adults concerning North American ethnic, cultural, and religious minority groups. Each entry includes a biography, a discussion of the author's critical reception, and primary and secondary bibliographies. Authors range from the nearly forgotten, such as Laura Adams Armer, to the newly discovered, such as Graham Salisbury, winner of the 1994 Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction. Contributing writers are primarily American scholars of children's literature. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780814325209
  • Publisher: Wayne State University Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/1996
  • Pages: 326
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Contributors 9
The Ends of Theory 14
Paul de Man: Some Notes on the Critic's Search for Authority against Consensus 36
De Man's End 49
In the Name of Theory 76
Orientalism and the Ethnographer: Said, Herodotus, and the Discourse of Alterity 86
From Ends of Theory to Theories of the End 104
The (End of the) End of History 120
The Textual Logic of Democracy: Theory and the Crisis of Representation 135
Tossings and Turnings: On the Alleged Shift in the Humanities from Theory to History 146
Gilles Deleuze: Postmodern Philosopher? 166
The Art World Revisited: Comedies of Similarity 184
Criticism as Dimension: The Idiot as Artist/The Idiot as Critic 198
Nonnarrative and the Construction of History 209
Parataxis and Narrative: The New Sentence in Theory and Practice 246
Insufficiences of Theory to Poetical Economy 257
Afterwords 272
Index 308
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