In a clear and readable style, Living with Theory maps outcontemporary theory, tracing its complex configurations, itspolitical preoccupations, and its relations with literature.
- Argues that the field of theory in late postmodern consumersociety has become overburdened with new ideas, and that there isan essential need for guides and signposts in this complexfield
- Maps out contemporary theory, tracing its complexconfigurations, its political preoccupations, and its relationswith literature
- Explores the engagement of theory with such phenomena asglobalization and postmodernism, multiculturalism and culturalwars, plus the rise of neoliberalism and the corporateuniversity
- Highlights the current reconfiguration of critical reading andits potential future
About the Author
Vincent B. Leitch holds the Paul and Carol Daube Sutton Chair in English at the University of Oklahoma, where he teaches criticism and theory. He is author of numerous books on critical theory, and is the general editor of the Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism.
Table of Contents
Part I: Theory.
1. Theory Ends.
2. Teaching Theory Now.
3. Applied Theory.
4. Theory Fusions.
Part II: Politics.
5. Late Derrida.
6. The Politics of Academic Labor.
Part III: Literature.
7. Late Contemporary U.S. Poetry.
8. Globalization of Literatures.