françois Cusset’s work on french theory, foucault, Derrida, Deleuze and Co. and the transformations of intellectual life in the. United States, has not yet been. Review: Francois Cusset. French Theory: How Foucault, Derrida, Deleuze, & Co. Transformed the Intellectual Life of the United States. Last week, while rushing to finish up a review of Francois Cusset’s French Theory : How Foucault, Derrida, Deleuze, & Co. Transformed the.

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French Theory — University of Minnesota Press

It does help if you know a little bit about the work of Foucalt, Derrida, Deleuze and co, but that’s not really a requirement. But this is a tall order and Cusset has achieved much.

Toward a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity. With a traditional account One of Cusset’s keenest insights is presented in the section entitled the “politics of quotation” where he articulates the ways that strategies of encapsulation created an “uprooting and reassembling” that allowed the American proponents of French Theory to legitimate or authorize their work by recourse to quotations while at the same time altering that work to fit their own practical intellectual or political agenda.

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A Turning Point 4. Nor were they so central to cultural and political debate there, at least after the mids, as they were to become for academics in the United States. Faculty members at Wisconsin Stevens Point react to plan to cut 13 majors. Transformed the Intellectual Life of the United States Sign in Create an account. Jacques Derrida in Continental Philosophy.


The Sokal Effect Part I. Paperbackpages. Home Current Catalogs Blog. Find it on Scholar. His book is a wonderful addition to American and French intellectual history that will force us to reconsider the history, place, and role of French Theory on both sides of the Atlantic.

French Theory

Down with the word “assemblage”! In the conclusion, the author, I feel, accurately admits that Marx is the center for many of these theorists.

Read more by Scott McLemee. Apr 07, Wm rated it really liked it Shelves: Academic Stars 9. Sign in to use this feature. My goodness it was dripping with gossip and scandal. Not for beginners, which, alas, I am. French Theory is the first comprehensive account of the American fortunes of these unlikely philosophical celebrities. Literature and Theory 5.

And so you get histories in bite-sized chapters of: It’s also not a good book to introduce or explicate the concepts or the content of “French theory”–scare quotes, yes.

Please check your email and click on the link to verify your email address. But how and why did French Theory become such a frencb hit, a language requirement, in the United States? I didn’t say any of this in my review, alas. Return to Book Page. theeory

The Ideological Backlash 8. Most important, it impels us to inquire why for a time Cuwset thought managed to flourish in American universities while French intellectuals rapidly abandoned the entire paradigm.

It is this reappropriation that essentially functions as a translation of French works that are interpreting German philosophy. Hillis Miller, and others actually appropriated, incorporated and applied the theories of these French intellectuals in their work.


I have a philosophy background analytic more than continental and I read this for a history graduate class in the course of getting my PhD and I found it to be too esoteric for me. Open Preview See a Problem? Sometimes the best ideas come as afterthoughts. On this level, those interested in the philosophical issues will be disappointed. View all 7 comments. This analysis requires that one accept Bill Reading’s argument in The University in Ruins that liberal arts education — and the university in general — has undergone a profound change in its mission and identity as it has been transformed from a site designed to foster a unified national culture into a corporate-style service industry selling a vacuous and indefinable notion of “excellence.


But in other ways it is unfortunate. Sokal’s hoax The book begins by comparing the assemblage of post-’68 French theorists as the rugged actors in those lovable American cowboy Westerns. Jul 02, Caitlin Mitchell rated it liked it Shelves: Then a series of “betrayals”: The scholar is challenged on her understanding of Derrida, Foucault, Deleuze, Lacan, and, if one cares enough to cite a woman in his relentless interrogation, Kristeva and, to add an element of resounding surprise, Spivak.

Instead, it would be much more fitting to say that French Theory is an investigation of the workings of what C. He seems to be just as curious as to how intellectuals and scholars in the United States appropriated the thoughts of French theorists, engaging in what he refers to as “creative misreadings” that fit the cultural and political conditions of the time early s to late s.