The Future of Theory / Edition 1

The Future of Theory / Edition 1

by Jean-Michel Rabate, Jean Michel Rabate
     
 

ISBN-10: 0631230130

ISBN-13: 9780631230137

Pub. Date: 01/28/2002

Publisher: Wiley

Is Theory dead? Is it, as skeptics suggest, too distant from anything "real" to be useful, too sweeping in its referral of all texts to grand theses? Or is it a mask for fashion and self-promotion in academia? In this controversial manifesto, Jean-Michel Rabate addresses current anxieties about Theory and claims that it still has a crucial role to play. Acknowledging…  See more details below

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Is Theory dead? Is it, as skeptics suggest, too distant from anything "real" to be useful, too sweeping in its referral of all texts to grand theses? Or is it a mask for fashion and self-promotion in academia? In this controversial manifesto, Jean-Michel Rabate addresses current anxieties about Theory and claims that it still has a crucial role to play. Acknowledging that he cannot speak about the future of Theory without taking stock of its past, Rabate starts by sketching its genealogy, particularly its relation to Surrealism, philosophy, and the hard sciences. Against this background, he proposes that Theory, like hysteria, consistently points out the inadequacies of official, serious, and "masterful" knowledge. Its role, he suggests, is to ask difficult, foundational questions, which entail revisionary readings of culture and its texts. In this way, Rabate claims, whether the theory of the moment is structuralism or globalization, Theory in its broader sense will always return, providing us with provocative and stimulating insights into what we do and how we read.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631230137
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
01/28/2002
Series:
Wiley-Blackwell Manifestos Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.65(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
1Genealogy One: Hegel's Plague21
2Genealogy Two: The Avant-Garde at Theory's High Tide47
3Theory, Science, Technology93
4Theory Not of Literature But as Literature117
Conclusion141
Notes151
Index164

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