Mastering Discourse: The Politics of Intellectual Culture

Mastering Discourse: The Politics of Intellectual Culture

by Paul A. Bové
     
 

ISBN-10: 082231245X

ISBN-13: 9780822312451

Pub. Date: 05/15/1992

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

Mastering Discourse gathers and elaborates more than a decade of thought on the problems of the intellectual in contemporary society, by one of the most distinguished critics writing on these issues today. From Derrida and Foucault to Kristeva and Irigaray, Paul A. Bové looks at the practices of literary and cultural theory, and discusses the way

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Mastering Discourse gathers and elaborates more than a decade of thought on the problems of the intellectual in contemporary society, by one of the most distinguished critics writing on these issues today. From Derrida and Foucault to Kristeva and Irigaray, Paul A. Bové looks at the practices of literary and cultural theory, and discusses the way theorists have produced their institutional positions and politics. Examining some of the major theories developed out of and in relation to the problems of discourse, Bové analyzes the limited successes and failures of these efforts.
Mastering Discourses offers an account of why "theory" fails to deal adequately with the politics of discursive cultures and warns that unless critics take much more seriously their own disciplinary inscriptions they will always reproduce structures of power and knowledge that they claim to oppose. Moreover, Bové argues, they will not fulfill the main role of the post-enlightenment intellectual, namely: to respond effectively to the present, through new theoretical and historical formulations that address the changing world of transnational capitalism and its neoliberal ideologies.
Everyone engaged in some aspect of American studies, cultural studies, and criticism will have to confront Bové's provocative theses and painstaking analyses presented in this work.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822312451
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
05/15/1992
Series:
a boundary 2 book
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
296

Table of Contents

Preface
1Introduction: Discourse1
2The Penitentiary of Reflection: Soren Kierkegaard and Critical Activity19
3Variations on Authority: Some Deconstructive Transformations of the New Criticism47
4The Metaphysics of Textuality: Marx's Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte and Nietzsche's Use and Abuse of History65
5The Ineluctability of Difference: Scientific Pluralism and the Critical Intelligence88
6Agriculture and Academe: America's Southern Question113
7The Rationality of Disciplines: The Abstract Understanding of Stephen Toulmin143
8Reclaiming Criticism: Willful Love in the Tradition of Henry Adams168
9Paul de Man: Critic against Consensus187
10Dante, Gramsci, and Cultural Criticism200
11Madness, Medicine, and the State215
Notes231
Index249

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