Ideology and Inscription: Cultural Studies after Benjamin, de Man, and Bakhtin / Edition 1

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Tom Cohen questions the way history, ideology and politics are invoked in contemporary cultural studies. Enlisting the work of three seminal figures in literary theory—Walter Benjamin, Paul de Man, and M. Bakhtin—Cohen argues for a new politics of memory that moves beyond what he sees as our current paralyzing preoccupation with the present, and also for a new approach to the reading and analysis of cultural texts that breaks with the mimetic premises of traditional criticism.

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"This book presents the most comprehensive and brilliant study of critical theory in our day. Tom Cohen writes in a lucid, unrelenting prose of the repressed traumas that pervade most forms of contemporary thought." Avital Ronell

"Cohen's brilliant study is a landmark book that presents in bold delineation the future directions of humanistic studies." J. Hillis Miller

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521599672
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2014
  • Series: Literature, Culture, Theory Series, #27
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 268
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Webwork, or 'That spot is bewitched'; Part I. Ciphers - Or Counter-Genealogies for a Critical 'Present': 1. Reflections on post 'post-mortem de Man'; 2. The ideology of dialogue: the de Man/Bakhtin connection; 3. Mnemotechnics: time of the seance, or the Mimetic blind of 'cultural studies'; Part II. Expropriating 'Cinema' - Or, Hitchcock's Mimetic War: 4. Beyond 'the Gaze': Hitchcock, Zizek, and the ideological sublime; 5. Sabotaging the ocularist state; Part III. Tourings - Or, the Monadic Switchboard: 6. Echotourism: Nietzschean Cyborgs, Anthropophagy, and the rhetoric of science in cultural studies; 7. Altered states: stoned in Marseilles, or the addiction to reference; 8. Contretemps: notes, on contemporary 'travel'.

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