Imagination in Theory: Culture, Writing, Words, and Things

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Imagination in Theory focuses on Michèle Barrett's long-standing interest in cultural questions and shows how it informs her analysis of current developments in social and feminist theory. Taking culture, theory, and writing as its themes, the book "translates" across the barriers between the humanities and social sciences, raising a number of important-and controversial-issues.

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"In this astute and lively book, Michèle Barrett takes the reader on a memorable and informed trip through the highs and lows of twentieth-century culture and its analysis. Imagination in Theory explores the dynamism of the century-long association of literature and theory, and provides one of the best arguments for the productive energy of that alliance."

-Cora Kaplan

"Imagination has not been contemporary social theory's strongest suit. Michèle Barrett is one of the few theorists who has consistently argued for its importance, and in these elegantly written, lucidly formulated, vigorously argued essays, she develops and enlarges her exploration of this complex terrain of inquiry."

-Stuart Hall

"Michèle Barrett engages timely issues in great range and depth: humanism, anti-humanism, and ecological responsibility; the disciplinary constitution of objects of study and the writerliness of theory; the relationship of politics and aspiration. She supplements Marxism, interacts with post-structuralism, situates postmodernism in postmodernity, and remains firmly focused on historical change within feminism. She brings us all the way into popular culture, and ends with a virtuoso encounter between Virginia Woolf and Michel Foucault."

-Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814713433
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/1999
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Michèle Barrett is Professor of Sociology at the City University, London. Her many books include The Politics of Truth, Women's Oppression Today, and Destabilizing Theory with Anne Phillips

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction: Culture, Theory, Writing 1
2 Words and Things 18
3 Virginia Woolf: Subjectivity and Politics 35
4 Aesthetics and Cultural Criticism 68
5 Feminism and Cultural Politics 94
6 The Concept of 'Difference' 111
7 Psychoanalyses and Feminisms 124
8 Rethinking the Marxist/Feminist Encounter 135
9 Stuart Hall and Cultural Studies 157
10 Human Nature 170
11 Virginia Woolf Meets Michel Foucault 186
Notes 205
Select Bibliography 220
Index 230
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