Historicizing Theory

Historicizing Theory

by Peter C. Herman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791459624

ISBN-13: 9780791459621

Pub. Date: 12/01/2003

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Historicizing Theory provides the first serious examination of contemporary theory in relation to the various twentieth-century historical and political contexts out of which it emerged. Theory—a broad category that is often used to encompass theoretical approaches as varied as deconstruction, New Historicism, and postcolonialism—has often been derided as…  See more details below

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Historicizing Theory provides the first serious examination of contemporary theory in relation to the various twentieth-century historical and political contexts out of which it emerged. Theory—a broad category that is often used to encompass theoretical approaches as varied as deconstruction, New Historicism, and postcolonialism—has often been derided as a mere “relic” of the 1960s. In order to move beyond such a simplistic assessment, the essays in this volume examine such important figures as Harold Bloom, Paul de Man, Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, Stephen Greenblatt, and Edward Said, situating their work in a variety of contexts inside and outside of the 1960s, including World War II, the Holocaust, the Algerian civil war, and the canon wars of the 1980s. In bringing us face-to-face with the history of theory, Historicizing Theory recuperates history for theory and asks us to confront some of the central issues and problems in literary studies today.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791459621
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
12/01/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
332
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Resistance to Historicizing Theory1
1The Holocaust, French Poststructuralism, the American Literary Academy, and Jewish Identity Poetics17
2Michel Foucault and the Specter of War49
3Historicizing Paul de Man's Master Trope Prosopopeia: Belgium's Trauma of 1940, the Nazi Volkskorper, and Versions of the Allegorical Body Politic69
4"Nostalgeria" and "Structure, Sign, Play in the Discourse of the Human Sciences"99
5Jean Baudrillard and May '68: An Acoustic Archaeology113
6Stephen Greenblatt's "X"-Files: The Rhetoric of Containment and Invasive Disease in "Invisible Bullets" and "The Sources of Soviet Conduct"137
7New Historicizing the New Historicism; or, Did Stephen Greenblatt Watch the Evening News in Early 1968?159
8The End of Culture191
9Literature, Incorporated: Harold Bloom, Theory, and the Canon209
10The Sixties, the New Left, and the Emergence of Cultural Studies in the United States235
11The Postcolonial Godfather255
12The Spectrality of the Sixties277
13Afterword: Historicism and Its Limits301
Contributors315
Index319

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