Post-theory : New Directions in Criticism

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The first part of this work addresses the current state of critical theory, and questions the "post-ness" of the epistemological space after the event of theory as an institutional practice. The second part contains examples of the type of work theory has made possible, demonstrating the new directions opening up both within theory itself and in cross-disciplinary study as a result of theory. In this sense, "post" can be understood to be in dialogue with issues relating to postmodernism, post-Marxism and post-feminism.
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  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 24mm | 688g
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0748610669
  • 9780748610662

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Part 1 Deja vu: deja vu, Nicholas Royle; deconstruction and the "unfinished project of modernity", Christopher Norris; post-gender - Jurassic feminism meets queer politics, Patricia Duncker; the pleasures of labour - Marxist aesthetics in a post-Marxist world, Anthony Easthope; is the novel original? Derrida and modernity, Eric Woehrling; Pierre Bourdieu and the chronotopes of "post-theory", Jeremy Lane. Part 2 Inter: inter, Geoffrey Bennington. Part 3 The post-theory condition: English studies in the postmodern condition - towards a place for the signifier, Catherine Belsey; Ethopoeia, source study and legal history - a post-theoretical approach to the question of "character" in Shakespearean drama, Lorna Hutson; The death drive does not think, Robert Smith; "various infinitudes" - narration, embodiment and ontology in Beckett's "How it is" and Spinoza's "Ethics", Alex Houen; said after theory - the limits of counterpoint, Charles Forsdick; grounding theory - literary theory and the new geography, Julia Murphet. Post-word, Helene Cixous.
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