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Overview

In this controversial manifesto, Jean-Michel Rabaté addresses current anxieties about the future of literary and cultural theory and proposes that it still has a crucial role to play.

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"As with other books in this publisher's series, the intent is to engage the general educated public in a discussion of meaningful concepts, and Rabate succeeds excellently. For all public and academic collections." Library Journal

"This clearly written, well-documented study will serve graduate students, faculty and researchers." Choice

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Does theory as a human activity organize consciousness, eviscerate ingenuity, supplant hysteria, or simply limn the borders of knowledge? Drawing on the works of ancient, modern, and contemporary philosophers, psychiatry's founders, and experimental literary luminaries, Rabat takes the reader through arguments for and against each of these stances. The differences between theorizing about theory and realizing theory's powers are carefully and accessibly constructed through discussions of 20th-century Western intellectual activity and publishing. Theory, Rabate decides, must be necessarily posited in the future, a future built of texts and dialogs and, since James Joyce, dialogs within texts. Moving nimbly from Thales to Heidegger, from Charcot and Freud to Barthes and Sartre, to Paglia and Derrida, Rabate realizes the very arguments he makes, forcing the reader to look ahead rather than position his or her awareness from behind or even within theory. As with other books in this publisher's series, the intent is to engage the general educated public in a discussion of meaningful concepts, and Rabate succeeds excellently. For all public and academic collections. Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley P.L., CA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631230137
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Series: Wiley-Blackwell Manifestos Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,038,310
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Jean-Michel Rabaté is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania. He has published books on Beckett, Bernhard, Pound, Joyce, Lacan, psychoanalysis, and literary theory. His recent books include The Ghosts of Modernity (1996), Joyce and the Politics of Egoism (2001), and Jacques Lacan and Literature (2001). He has also edited several collections of essays, including Writing the Image after Roland Barthes (1997), Jacques Lacan in America (2000), and The Cambridge Companion to Jacques Lacan (2002).

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

1. Geneaology 1: Hegel's Plague.

2. Genealogy 2: The Avant-Garde at Theory's High Tide.

3. Theory, Science, Technology.

4. Theory not of Literature but as Literature.

Conclusion.

Notes.

Index.

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