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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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If I were more finicky about spelling errors, though, I might have chosen to round down. His book is a wonderful addition to American and Cussrt intellectual history that will force us to reconsider the history, place, and role of French Theory on both sides of the Atlantic.


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And it is quite useful, evidenced by how many times Foucault is cited in graduate papers, Derrida is discussed in coffee shops, and Deleuze used as a way of nuancing conversations about capital. Of course the only sensible thing to do was to ignore this development entirely. Cusset is fascinated by the simultaneous American invention and French erasure of French Theory and his investigation into the social, political, and theoretical causes of this transatlantic divergence takes the reader on a journey from the “public birth” of post-structuralism at the Johns Hopkins University conference that brought Roland Barthes, Jacques Derrida, Jacques Lacan and others to the United States and together for the first time, through the mutations and revisions of French Theory in the American academic, cultural, and political landscape up to our current moment.


For those who want to know more about the history of French theory as an ongoing possibility of thinking the world, then this book should be a reference. Sign In to Complete Account Merge.

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Will Holub-Moorman rated it ttheory liked it Dec 21, To put it another way: It is an example of the recognized interplay between betrayal and reappropriation Arnold Ira Davidson thory. A great story, full of twists and turns. This can be jarring, but also illuminating.

Why longer lives require relevant, accessible curricula throughout long careers opinion. In the conclusion, the author, Frencu feel, accurately admits that Marx is the center for many of these theorists. Jul 02, Caitlin Mitchell rated it liked it Shelves: French Theory is a significant contribution to the scholarship in both literary theory and cultural studies.

How Foucault, Derrida, Deleuze, Co. This rhizomatic proliferation of French Theory soon led to the sort of cusaet that ultimately made the American variant unrecognizable in France and provides an answer to Cusset’s central question.

But what makes the book an exciting and informative read is 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.

To be sure the wide range and loose chronology of the book makes it difficult to discern a clear American trajectory. Cusset is fair and balanced, but I’m sorry to say we Americans sometimes come off as a bunch of dullards. In Cusset’s account, French Theory was never the sole theorg of advanced academics but a site of shared interest for those academics and countercultural figures.

Find it on Scholar. Down with the word “assemblage”! Forse, in alcune parti, un eccesso di stronzissima e francese onniscienza, lo rende un po’ ingeneroso.

The Sokal Effect Part I. The Postmodern Condition A Report on Knowledge This founding essay of the postmodern movement argues that knowledge-science, technology, and the arts-has undergone a change of status since the 19th century and especially since the late s. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.


Anglo-Saxon readers would do better to read The Myth of Disenchantment, which unveils some hidden layers of 20th century theory. French Theory is the first comprehensive account of the American fortunes of these unlikely philosophical celebrities. Along the way, he recounts the American debates frebch postmodernism, poststructuralism, and whatnot.

But the time and effort spent unearthing or bemoaning the passing connections between Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, Bono, Madonna, or The Matrix films with thinkers like Deleuze, Derrida, Guattari, Virilio, and Foucault comes at the expense of a sustained engagement with the ways that American theorists such as Paul de Man, J.

Return to Book Page. But this is a tall order and Cusset has achieved much. The Ideological Backlash 8. Toward a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity.

Even so, the book is in some sense more Millsian in spirit than the author himself may realize. Mar 29, Andrew rated it liked it. Also, the Germans were brought up too late in the narrative. This article has no associated abstract.

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Ultimately, he dares to shine a bright light on the exultation of these thinkers to assess the relevance of critical theory to social and political activism today—showing, finally, how French theory has become inextricably bound with American life. Vivienne Orchard – unknown.