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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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. On Cusset’s reading, despite the attraction to the critical dimensions of post-structuralist philosophy, especially for critically examining sites of knowledge, the American academics that applied this thought in teaching and research actually remained within the American utilitarian tradition.

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. Sokal’s hoax The book begins by comparing the assemblage of post-’68 French theorists as thheory rugged actors in those lovable American cowboy Westerns.

A Turning Point 4. It is this reappropriation that essentially functions as a translation of French works that are interpreting German philosophy. This must warm some hearts in Minnesota.

Cusset Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Paris offers a rather scattered account of the arrival of these French theorists on US soil beginning with background on the American university scene of the ss. M R rated it really liked it Jan 16, Identity politics and a supposedly radical “theory” became the consolation prize for a revolution that didn’t happen.

The American ‘invention’ of these French texts, therefore, designates a skill at making texts say what one has understood of them or, at least, what one needs to draw from them” We use this stuff for everything, and it was simultaneously refreshing and mindblowing to read how so much of what we’ve been trained to understand well, ‘accept’ because of translation and publishing issues, which Cusset spends some time discussing is possibly bogus.

One problem has to do with the question of “mastery”. But this is a tall order and Cusset has achieved much. Breathtakingly moving back and forth between the two cultures, Francois Cusset takes us through a dazzling intellectual adventure that illuminates the past thirty years, and many more decades to come.

It’s interested, rather, in the effects of “FT”–and the historical conditions that allowed it to take shape as part of the everyday in the U.

How these disparate French thinkers came to represent a vanguard if not a new orthodoxy for many American students and frrnch. You will no longer have access to your profile. I was looking for at least a little introduction into the thought of the guys in the title, but that’s not what this is.

The framing question is designed to lead the reader to Cusset’s conclusion that France is now in a unique position to reclaim the French theoreticians they had repudiated “without a second thought”.

French readers were able, at best, to hear only superficial echoes of the terms that loomed behind the ‘affair,’ and they were thus unable to decipher these terms in all their implications: Lists with This Book.

Literature and Theory 5. Even if one leaves still thinking French Theory is utterly rubbish and one of the points Cusset makes is that the actual work of the French theorists had less of an impact than how that work was interpreted and re-appropriated and packaged for Tgeory, and mainly for academia in Americaone still understands why it had the success it did — and why the backlash against it was not much more sophisticated either.

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This article has no associated abstract. There and Back If I would have read this at the beginning of grad school, I would have felt he was totally wrong; but looking back, Cusset nails a lot of the resistance to theory that surrounds humanities departments like, from the sciences. This entry has no external links. Reveling in the gossipy history, Cusset also provides a lively exploration of the many provocative critical practices inspired by French theory.

This was like reading a book-length version of US weekly but for critical theory.

But in other ways it is unfortunate. Presidency shakes up the established foundations of “identity politics.

If I were more finicky about spelling errors, though, I might have chosen to round down. It tells the story of the academics who were instrumental in cultivating French Theory in American higher education and it also attempts to discern rheory explicate the points of contact with American counter-cultural forces.

My tbeory it was dripping with gossip and scandal. Sign in to use this feature. To put it another way: To take a course in literary theory is to read excerpts from these intellectuals, which is to then make sense of their entire corpus. Thus Cusset’s narrative unfolds in two ways.

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I recommend it as a supplemental text to understanding what rfench we are thsory what we are doing in academia, and how. But on the other hand, this lack of mastery clearly troubles Cusset when discussing the American intellectuals who never gained sufficient “mastery” to discern the ways that “the very logic of French theoretical texts prohibits certain uses of them, uses that were often necessary, however, to their American readers in order to put their text to work.

Extremely well written, full of care and insight, at times fun, at other times political and straightforward. There and Back Study finds female college graduates newly on the job market are punished for having good grades. Account Reactivation Failed Sorry, we could not verify that email address. The Ideological Backlash 8. Two Directions in Recent French Thought.