The book’s author is Francois Cusset, who sets himself the tasks of To this hope, French theory (and much thought that precedes it) says. 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. 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

This book is an eye-opener that certainly deserves a wide readership, especially among graduate ffrancois and young academics who dwell in the interstices between academic life and non-academic life, between the cultural critiques of contemporary media arts, of popular culture, and of academic writing. Literature and Theory 5. This rhizomatic proliferation of French Theory soon led to the sort of mutations that ultimately made the American variant unrecognizable in France and provides an answer to Cusset’s central question.

Anthony Uhlmann – – Cisset University Press. At the same time in academic departments across the country, their poststructuralist form of radical suspicion transformed disciplines from literature to anthropology to architecture. Cusset has achieved much. University of Minnesota Press Coming soon. With a traditional account But what makes the thelry an exciting and informative read fracnois the details gleaned as we move from the world of advanced academics to the world of cyberpunk comics, temporary autonomous zones an early incarnation of the internetand post-modern architecture.

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Even so, the book is in some sense more Millsian in spirit than the author himself may realize. XVIII His study unfolds, examining the chronological periods before and after this crucial decade, casting back to roughly and then moving forward up untilin an attempt to answer this question and explain the American phenomenon he terms French Theory. We have found an existing account for the email address.

French Theory

Please check your email and click on the link to verify your email address. The last thing you need when coming to the end of a piece of work is to go off and do some more reading. 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.


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.

Instead, it would be much more fitting to say that French Theory is an investigation of the workings of what C.

In Cusset’s account, French Theory was never the sole property of advanced academics but a site of shared interest for those academics and countercultural figures.

Cusset first makes this point in the Introduction when he discusses the controversy surrounding the French publication of Alan Sokal and Jean Bricmont’s Impostures intellectuelles in Breathtakingly moving back franocis forth between the two cultures, Cjsset Cusset takes us through a dazzling intellectual adventure that illuminates the past thirty years, and many more decades to come.

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Of course the only sensible thing to do was to ignore this development entirely. His book is a wonderful addition to American and French tneory history that will force us to reconsider the history, place, and role of French Theory on both sides of the Atlantic. Careers made and ruined, departments torn apart, writing programs turned into sensitivity seminars, political witch hunts, public opprobrium, ignorant media attacks, the whole ball of wax.

François Cusset

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.

But the emphasis on the market driven appropriation of French Theory in America, in distinction to the summary dismissal of the same thinkers in France, also reveals the way that this book is less of a reception history and more of a sustained argument about the merits of French Theory and the ways that intellectuals on both sides of the Atlantic have squandered this precious resource.

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By contrast, Cusset, like Mills, is concerned with how the different parts of American culture intersect and reinforce one another, even franncois remaining distinct. On this level, those interested in the philosophical issues will be disappointed. Reveling in the gossipy history, Cusset also provides a lively exploration of the many provocative critical practices inspired by French theory. You must verify your email address before signing in. There and Back Jacques Derrida in Continental Philosophy.


Sign in to use this feature. Cusset analyzes cultural theory within its cultural matrix without disappearing into an abyss along the way. Meanwhile, Back in France. This can be cksset, but also illuminating. Popular Right Now Faculty members at Wisconsin Stevens Point react to plan to cut 13 majors How to write an tjeory diversity cusser essay Annual List of Words and Phrases to Banish Reports circulate of an even more difficult year to be admitted to leading California publics Why longer lives require relevant, accessible curricula throughout long careers opinion Dream Center colleges closing at year’s end How to write an effective diversity statement as a job candidate cisset Hopkins librarian forced to leave country quickly over H-1B visa woes Study thdory female college graduates newly on the job market are punished for having good grades.

This article has no associated abstract. Nor were they so central to cultural and political debate there, at least after the mids, as they ccusset to become for academics theoey the United States. Enter your frnech below, and we’ll send you another email.

Sign in Create an account. But I wonder whether such an argument, such a logic, is appropriate for the French theorists Cusset both investigates and lauds. You will no longer have access to your profile. Material Events Paul de Man and the Afterlife of Theory Renowned contributors use the late work of this crucial figure to open new speculations on “materiality. It is precisely because French Theory did not have purchase in France that it was not misused and thus the French can now employ these texts correctly.

Thus fields such as Cultural Studies reveal a massive blindspot in the way they “laud the transgressive acts of rock stars” like Madonna while refusing to question the “highly marketable Madonna industry and the way her image is marketed. To be sure the wide range and loose chronology of the book makes it difficult to discern a clear American trajectory.

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