The Theory Mess: Deconstruction in Eclipse

The Theory Mess: Deconstruction in Eclipse

by Herman Rapaport
     
 

ISBN-10: 0231121342

ISBN-13: 9780231121347

Pub. Date: 01/03/2001

Publisher: Columbia University Press

Although deconstruction has become a popular catchword, as an intellectual movement it has never entirely caught on within the university. For some in the academy, deconstruction, and Jacques Derrida in particular, are responsible for the demise of accountability in the study of literature.Countering these facile dismissals of Derrida and deconstruction, Herman…  See more details below

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Although deconstruction has become a popular catchword, as an intellectual movement it has never entirely caught on within the university. For some in the academy, deconstruction, and Jacques Derrida in particular, are responsible for the demise of accountability in the study of literature.Countering these facile dismissals of Derrida and deconstruction, Herman Rapaport explores the incoherence that has plagued critical theory since the 1960s and the resulting legitimacy crisis in the humanities. Against the backdrop of a rich, informed discussion of Derrida´s writings -and how they have been misconstrued by critics and admirers alike -The Theory Mess investigates the vicissitudes of Anglo-American criticism over the past thirty years and proposes some possibilities for reform.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231121347
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
01/03/2001
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.31(w) x 9.32(h) x 0.69(d)
Lexile:
1630L (what's this?)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
Beginnings
Co-opting Deconstruction
Theory as Postphilosophy: Rosi Braidotti, Geoffrey Hartman, Annette Kolodny
The Misconstruction of Deconstruction: Gerald Graff and Frank Lentricchia
Demonizing Deconstruction: Walter Jackson Bate, RenÇ Wellek, and David Lehman
America is Deconstruction?
Non-Placet
A World Apart: Derrida and the Frankfurt School
1980---1987: A World of Difference
Deconstructing Otherwise: Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
British Developments: The Influence of ÆMDULØScreenÆMDNMØ
Eclipsing Deconstruction: History of Subject-Positions I
Eclipsing Deconstruction: History of Subject-Positions II
Lurching to the Right
Social Acts and Excitable Speech
Vicious Dualisms
Deconstruction of the Social Relation I: Heidegger and Sex
Deconstruction of the Social Relation II: Derrida's Itineraries
Derrida and the Political
Reconceiving the Theory Mess
Postscript
Notes
Bibliography


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