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Theory's Empire: An Anthology of Dissent / Edition 1

Theory's Empire: An Anthology of Dissent / Edition 1

by Daphne Patai, Wilfrido Corral
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ISBN-13: 9780231134170
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 04/20/2005
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 736
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.32(h) x 1.45(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Daphne Patai is professor of Brazilian literature and literary theory at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is the author of a number of books on literature, utopian studies, and the culture wars, most recently Professing Feminism: Education and Indoctrination in Women's Studies, Revised Edition (with Noretta Koertge).

Will H. Corral teaches Spanish American literature and culture at California State University, Sacramento. He is the author or editor of several books in Spanish, the most recent of which is El error del acierto (contra ciertos dogmas latinoamericanistas); he lives in Davis, California.

Table of Contents

Part I. Theory Rising
1. Theory, What Theory?, by Valentine Cunningham
2. Destroying Literary Studies, by Rene Wellek
3. Traveling Through American Criticism, by Tzvetan Todorov
4. The Rise and Fall of "Practical Criticism": From I. A. Richards to Barthes and Derrida, by Morris Dickstein
5. The Power and Limits of Literary Theory, by Richard Freadman and Seumas Miller
6. Is Theory to Blame?, by John M. Ellis
7. Theory, Theories, and Principles, by Denis Donoghue
Part II. Linguistic Turns
8. The Linguistic Unconscious: Saussure and the Post-Saussureans, by Raymond Tallis
9. Literary Theory and Its Discontents, by John R. Searle
10. The Quandaries of the Referent, by Vincent Descombes
11. The Great Dichotomy, by Wendell V. Harris
12. The Deconstructive Angel, by M. H. Abrams
Part III. Empire Building
13. The Grand Academy of Theory, by Frederick Crews
14. Theorrhea and Kulturkritik, by J. G. Merquior
15. Masters and Demons, by Brian Vickers
16. The Debate Over the Wartime Writings of Paul de Man: The Language of Setting the Record Straight, by Alan B. Spitzer
17. Presentism: Postmodernism, Poststructuralism, Postcolonialism, by Graham Good
18. Preface for a Post-Postcolonial Criticism, by Erin O'Connor
Part IV. Theory as a Profession
19. Author! Author! Reconstructing Roland Barthes, by Clara Claiborne Park
20. The French Intellectual Habitus and Literary Culture, by Niilo Kauppi
21. Social Constructionism: Philosophy for the Academic Workplace, by Mark Bauerlein
22. Bad Writing, by D. G. Myers
23. Everyman an ‹bermensch: The Culture of Cultural Studies, by Stephen Adam Schwartz
24. The End of Theory, the Rise of the Profession: A Rant in Search of Responses, by Geoffrey Galt Harpham
Part V. Identities
25. The Cant of Identity, by Todd Gitlin
26. The Gender Fallacy, by William C. Dowling
27. Feminism's Perverse Effects, by Elaine Marks
28. Queer Theory, Literature, and the Sexualization of Everything: The Gay Science, by Lee Siegel
29. Battle of the Bien-Pensant, by K. Anthony Appiah
Part VI. Theory as Surrogate Politics
30. Oppositional Opposition, by Harold Fromm
31. Silence Is Consent, or Curse Ye Meroz!, by Richard Levin
32. Criticism as Displacement, by Jeffrey Wallen
33. Thick Aestheticism and Thin Nativism, by Russell Jacoby
34. Casualties of the Culture Wars, by Eugene Goodheart
Part VII. Restoring Reason
35. Rationality/Science, by Noam Chomsky
36. The Furor Over Impostures Intellectuelles: What Is All the Fuss About?, by Jean Bricmont and Alan Sokal
37. The Sleep of Reason, by Thomas Nagel
38. Staying for an Answer: The Untidy Process of Groping for Truth, by Susan Haack
39. What Is Social Construction?, by Paul A. Boghossian
40. Postcolonial Science Studies: Ending "Epistemic Violence", by Meera Nanda
Part VIII. Still Reading After All These Theories...
41. Literature and Theory: Notes on the Research Programs of the 1980s, by David Bromwich
42. Changing Epochs, by Frank Kermode
43. Making Knowledge: Bioepistemology and the Foundations of Literary Theory, by Nancy Easterlin
44. Literature and Fiction, by Peter Lamarque and Stein Haugom Olsen
45. Literary Aesthetics and the Aims of Criticism, by Paisley Livingston
46. Crisis in the Humanities? Reconfiguring Literary Study for the Twenty-first Century, by Marjorie Perloff
47. A Hippocratic Oath for the Pluralist, by Wayne C. Booth

What People are Saying About This

David Denby

Theory's Empiregathers together the work of many scholars and critics into a multi-faceted but coherent defense of literature, and of the many intellectual and temperamental habits that must accompany that defense-a belief in judgment and in literature's moral significance, and, most happily of all, a proud assertion of the love that dare not speak its name in university literature courses, the love of art. One hopes that future generations of students, wondering why they should study literature in the first place, will take strength from this volume.

Mario Vargas Llosa

Theory's Empire is a magnificent collection of essays that returns sanity and rationality to literary criticism, rescuing it from the esotericism, jargon and delusions under which it had been buried by the "theorizers." An indispensable book for lovers of genuine literature and criticism!

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