The Dictionary of Fashionable Nonsense: A Guide for Edgy People

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Two of Britain's leading cultural commentators provide a hilarious guide to the various trendy discourses that academics have churned out for decades. Covering such schools of thought as difference feminism, deconstruction, and the sociology of knowledge, the author reveals that clotted jargon, tortured syntax, and unreadable style hides the fact that nothing new is being said. This ironic guide offers an array of ludicrous, exaggerated, self-contradicting definitions and explanations of ...

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Overview

Two of Britain's leading cultural commentators provide a hilarious guide to the various trendy discourses that academics have churned out for decades. Covering such schools of thought as difference feminism, deconstruction, and the sociology of knowledge, the author reveals that clotted jargon, tortured syntax, and unreadable style hides the fact that nothing new is being said. This ironic guide offers an array of ludicrous, exaggerated, self-contradicting definitions and explanations of popular intellectual jargon, poking witty fun at postmodern theorists from Adorno to Jacques Derrida and Michel Foucault, and arming the reader with enough knowledge to salt them into the conversation if ever trapped at a party with a crowd of trendy academics.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Not just a collection of easy quips and jokes...has a depth to it, as the best humour generally does."  —Norman Geras, author, Marx and Human Nature

"With wit and invention, Benson and Stangroom take us through the checklist argot that so often litters postmodern texts."  —Times Literary Supplement

"Benson and Stangroom have an excellent ear for the clichés of ordinary academic language."  —Times Higher Education Supplement

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780285637146
  • Publisher: Souvenir Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2006
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Meet the Author

Ophelia Benson runs an online cultural forum at www.butterfliesandwheels.com. She lives in Seattle. Jeremy Stangroom is the editor of The Philosopher's Magazine and a coeditor of What Philosophers Think. They are the coauthors of Why Truth Matters.

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