The Dictionary of Fashionable Nonsense: A Guide for Edgy People

The Dictionary of Fashionable Nonsense: A Guide for Edgy People

by Ophelia Benson, Jeremy Stangroom
     
 


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… See more details below

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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 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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"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

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)

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