Post-Structuralism and the Question of History / Edition 1

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Overview

Recent developments in literary theory, such as structuralism and deconstruction, have come under attack for neglecting history, while historically-based approaches have been criticized for failing to take account of the problems inherent in their methodological foundations. This collection of essays is unique in that it focuses on the relation between post-structuralism and historical (especially Marxist) literary theory and criticism. The volume includes a deconstructive reading of Marx, essays that relate history to the philosophical and institutional context, and a number of studies of particular texts, literary and non-literary, which pose the question of history and literary theory with particular force.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521367806
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1989
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: posing the question Geoff Bennington and Robert Young; Part I. History, Marxism and the Institution: 1. Demanding history Geoff Bennington; 2. Speculations on reading Marx: after reading Derrida Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak; 3. Texts in history: the determinations of readings and their texts Tony Bennett; 4. Criticism and institutions: the American university Jonathan Culler; Part II. Difference and History: 5. History traces Marian Hobson; 6. Derrida and Foucault: writing the history of historicity Ann Wordsworth; 7. The practice of historical investigation Mark Cousins; Part III. Aesthetics and History: 8. Of aesthetic and historical determination Rodolphe Gashé; 9. The sign of history Jean-François Lyotard; Part IV. History as Text: 10. Language as history/history as language: Saussure and the romance of etymology Derek Attridge; 11. Fallen differences, phallogocentric discourses: losing Paradise Lost to history Mary Nyquist; 12. Ezra Pound: the erasure of history Maud Ellmann; 13. The phonograph in Africa: international phonocentrism from Stanley to Sarnoff William Pietz; Notes on the contributors; Index.

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