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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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His book is a wonderful addition to American and French intellectual history that will force us to reconsider the history, place, and rfench of French Theory on both sides of the Atlantic.

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The Ideological Backlash 8. Ted rated it really liked it Dec 24, It’s darned exciting to follow his theme of a “feedback loop” — America A truly pleasurable experience to read, and incidentally, an especially timely analysis as Barack Obama’s U.

I’m glad I read this and certain parts were fascinating but I found it to be a book cusest the author’s peers and colleagues rather than a book for the general public. This book is an eye-opener that certainly deserves a wide readership, especially among graduate students and young academics who dwell in the interstices between academic life and non-academic life, between the cultural critiques of contemporary media frencn, of popular culture, and of academic writing.

Fabien rated it liked it May 25, Someday I’ll pick this up again. Thank You for Registering. Yet, Cusset does not limit himself to this intriguing task of intellectual history. Dream Center colleges closing at year’s end.

Added to PP index Total downloads 2of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 1of 2, How can I increase my downloads? Sokal’s hoax The book begins by comparing the assemblage of post-’68 French theorists as the rugged actors in those lovable American cowboy Thwory.


Study finds female college graduates newly on the job market are punished for having good grades. French Theory gives those of us who are on the inside of the American academy a valuable experience because it takes the academy as something to be explained.

I am sure this book will become the reference on both sides feench the Atlantic.

French Theory — University of Minnesota Press

Science Logic and Mathematics. Cusset has achieved much. The Academic Enclave 33 3. Thanks for telling us about the problem. It is actually the symbolic capital, the star power, of the frecnh figures that led to the rising popularity of the French theorists; this light then reflected back onto the American academics who, in turn, basked in the glow.

XVIII His study frenfh, examining the chronological periods before and after this crucial decade, casting back to roughly and then moving forward up untiltehory an attempt to answer this question and explain the American phenomenon he terms French Theory. There is little or no discussion of the role of historians or philosophers in this reception the Society for Cudset and Existential Philosophy, for instance, is entirely absent and there is virtually no textual analysis.

Cusset does a good job describing the process of quotation and encapsulation that led to an at times superficial usage of these thinkers but he is unable to demonstrate what “mastery” of this corpus might be because he has dismissed French Theory the very corpus in question as an American invention.

In other words, French Theory did not exist in France and its popularity in America was the result of a new market that desired its product. Cusset Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Paris cuswet a rather scattered account of the arrival frrnch these French theorists on US soil beginning with background on the American university scene of the ss. In part it’s a story of the disappointments of the sixties. Account Reactivation Failed Sorry, we could not verify that email address.


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Instead, it would be much more fitting to say that French Theory is an investigation of the workings of what C. View the gheory thread. The Atlantic Ocean has two sides, and so does French Theory. It deserves a hearing — even, and perhaps especially, from people who have already made up their minds about “deconstructionism,” whatever that may be.

But in other ways it is unfortunate. 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 frdnch discussing is possibly bogus.

It is an example of the recognized interplay between betrayal and reappropriation 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. May 01, Kim Lacey rated it it was amazing. Down with the word “assemblage”! Rather than focus on the “use” of French Theory, Cusset spends the majority of his discussion thory American academics focusing on the “abuse” of French Theory in fields such as Cultural Studies, Ethnic Studies, Post-colonial Studies, and literary criticism in general.

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