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National ReviewClearly, this is not your father's textbook; it's closer to The Norton Anthology of Screw-the Academy
— Michael Potemra
Not too long ago, literary theorists were writing about the death of the novel and the death of the author; today many are talking about the death of Theory. Theory, as the many theoretical ism's (among them postcolonialism, postmodernism, and New Historicism) are now known, once seemed so exciting but has become ossified and insular. This iconoclastic collection is an excellent companion to current anthologies of literary theory, which have embraced an uncritical stance toward Theory and its practitioners. Written by nearly fifty prominent scholars, the essays in Theory's Empire question the ideas, catchphrases, and excesses that have let Theory congeal into a predictable orthodoxy. More than just a critique, however, this collection provides readers with effective tools to redeem the study of literature, restore reason to our intellectual life, and redefine the role and place of Theory in the academy.
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— Michael Potemra
— James Seaton
— William Pannapacker
This is a valuable book for scholars and for those encountering literary theory for the first time... Recommended.
— Brian Vickers, A 2005 Book of the Year
— Michael Berube
— Sara Castro-Klaren
This is a splendid anthology that evaluates, puts into perspective and thoughtfully criticizes contemporary literary and cultural theory. A welcome alternative to dogmatic thought, this book is designed to generate a lively debate. A must for every serious student of literature and culture.
Patai and Corral's Theory's Empire represents the invigorating leading edge of a new diversity of thought in the academy, the vision of a healthy skeptical approach to what has become theoretical orthodoxy and dogmatism.
If you never quite believed that thought is the same as action, that fact is irrelevant, that declaration amounts to proof, or that cultures rather than individuals compose works of art, you will discover in Theory's Empire why you are neither deluded nor delusional. Theories may help scholarship seem relevant, but they are no substitute for empirical evidence, logical argument, and plain old common sense.
Clearly, this is not your father's textbook; it's closer to The Norton Anthology of Screw-the Academy
A sign that things may be changing...its 47 contributors patiently dissect all aspects of theory.
Theory's Empire is important because it shows that the opposition to theory is not just the preserve of intellectual lightweights.
Theory's Empire is a unique documentation of an intellectual deformation that still affects the way literature is studied.
Patai and Corral waste no time and pull no punches.
Theory's Empire offers a powerful retrospective on the rise of "Theory" in the American academy.
Part I. Theory Rising Introduction1. Theory, What Theory?, by Valentine Cunningham2. Destroying Literary Studies, by Rene Wellek3. Traveling Through American Criticism, by Tzvetan Todorov4. The Rise and Fall of "Practical Criticism": From I. A. Richards to Barthes and Derrida, by Morris Dickstein5. The Power and Limits of Literary Theory, by Richard Freadman and Seumas Miller6. Is Theory to Blame?, by John M. Ellis7. Theory, Theories, and Principles, by Denis DonoghuePart II. Linguistic Turns Introduction8. The Linguistic Unconscious: Saussure and the Post-Saussureans, by Raymond Tallis9. Literary Theory and Its Discontents, by John R. Searle10. The Quandaries of the Referent, by Vincent Descombes11. The Great Dichotomy, by Wendell V. Harris12. The Deconstructive Angel, by M. H. AbramsPart III. Empire Building Introduction13. The Grand Academy of Theory, by Frederick Crews14. Theorrhea and Kulturkritik, by J. G. Merquior15. Masters and Demons, by Brian Vickers16. The Debate Over the Wartime Writings of Paul de Man: The Language of Setting the Record Straight, by Alan B. Spitzer17. Presentism: Postmodernism, Poststructuralism, Postcolonialism, by Graham Good18. Preface for a Post-Postcolonial Criticism, by Erin O'ConnorPart IV. Theory as a Profession Introduction19. Author! Author! Reconstructing Roland Barthes, by Clara Claiborne Park20. The French Intellectual Habitus and Literary Culture, by Niilo Kauppi21. Social Constructionism: Philosophy for the Academic Workplace, by Mark Bauerlein22. Bad Writing, by D. G. Myers23. Everyman an ?bermensch: The Culture of Cultural Studies, by Stephen Adam Schwartz24. The End of Theory, the Rise of the Profession: A Rant in Search of Responses, by Geoffrey Galt HarphamPart V. Identities Introduction25. The Cant of Identity, by Todd Gitlin26. The Gender Fallacy, by William C. Dowling27. Feminism's Perverse Effects, by Elaine Marks28. Queer Theory, Literature, and the Sexualization of Everything: The Gay Science, by Lee Siegel29. Battle of the Bien-Pensant, by K. Anthony AppiahPart VI. Theory as Surrogate Politics Introduction30. Oppositional Opposition, by Harold Fromm31. Silence Is Consent, or Curse Ye Meroz!, by Richard Levin32. Criticism as Displacement, by Jeffrey Wallen33. Thick Aestheticism and Thin Nativism, by Russell Jacoby34. Casualties of the Culture Wars, by Eugene GoodheartPart VII. Restoring Reason Introduction35. Rationality/Science, by Noam Chomsky36. The Furor Over Impostures Intellectuelles: What Is All the Fuss About?, by Jean Bricmont and Alan Sokal37. The Sleep of Reason, by Thomas Nagel38. Staying for an Answer: The Untidy Process of Groping for Truth, by Susan Haack39. What Is Social Construction?, by Paul A. Boghossian40. Postcolonial Science Studies: Ending "Epistemic Violence", by Meera NandaPart VIII. Still Reading After All These Theories... Introduction41. Literature and Theory: Notes on the Research Programs of the 1980s, by David Bromwich42. Changing Epochs, by Frank Kermode43. Making Knowledge: Bioepistemology and the Foundations of Literary Theory, by Nancy Easterlin44. Literature and Fiction, by Peter Lamarque and Stein Haugom Olsen45. Literary Aesthetics and the Aims of Criticism, by Paisley Livingston46. Crisis in the Humanities? Reconfiguring Literary Study for the Twenty-first Century, by Marjorie PerloffCodaIntroduction47. A Hippocratic Oath for the Pluralist, by Wayne C. Booth
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