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

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Overview

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: 10/28/1998
  • Series: Literature, Culture, Theory Series , #27
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 268
  • Sales rank: 437,012
  • 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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