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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Now the misguided American invention of French Theory can be replaced by a guided variant predicated on the proper French? Account Reactivation Failed Sorry, we could not verify that email address.

Why longer lives require relevant, accessible curricula throughout long careers opinion. The boilerplate account of how poststructuralism came to the United States usually begins vrench visit of Lacan, Derrida, and company to Johns Hopkins University for a conference in — then never really imagines any of their ideas leaving campus.

The repeated attacks on these very theorists in France would suggest otherwise Instead, it would be much more fitting to say that French Theory is an investigation of the workings of what C. Sorry, we could not verify that email address. Thus, outlines of two critiques: Bobby rated it liked it Aug 20, You can’t effectively subvert a tradition you haven’t bothered to read.

More importantly, it teases out why it was successful in its transformation. This series of essays address war and death, territoriality and the anthropology of groups, model theory, and psychosis. It’s somewhat more pragmatic and at times bemused. I would recommend it to a young French intellectual.

Literature and Theory 5. 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. Gilles Deleuze in Continental Philosophy. 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.

Tiago Fontes rated it really liked it Oct 24, We’ve sent an email with instructions to create a new password, which can be used in addition to your linked social providers. What I find to be lacking in his analysis is a fuller discussion of their relationship to Marxism.


He looks at the process as it unfolded at various levels of academic culture: Anyway, this isn’t so much a book that you read for the minutiae of its details but for its narrative arc and structural analysis.

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. For Cusset, the repudiation of these thinkers left France isolated and despite “the cant and the campus rituals surrounding them” the American discussions of French Theory “have been more in touch with the world and the ongoing processes of pluralization and absorption or of exclusion and integration than the French debates during the same period.

Transformed the Intellectual Life of the United States In such a difficult genre, full of traps and obstacles, French Theory is a success and a remarkable book in every respect: It was interesting to find out how their thought spread and came to dominate U. Aptly, the author writes “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 the text to work.

Along the way, he recounts the American debates over postmodernism, poststructuralism, and whatnot. By contrast, Cusset, like Mills, is concerned with how the different parts of American culture intersect and reinforce one another, even while remaining distinct.

In other words, French Theory is not just another Fish story. 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.

Also, the Germans were brought up too late in the narrative. I am sure this book will become the reference on both sides of the Atlantic. Toward a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity.

Jul 29, Leland added it. I recommend it as a supplemental text to understanding what why we are doing what we are doing in academia, and how. To ask other readers questions about French Theoryplease sign up. Will Holub-Moorman rated it really liked it Dec 21, On the one hand, Cusset wants to tell us that some of the most important inroads made by French Theory were through the chance encounters of students who never fully “mastered” the texts of thinkers like Derrida or Foucault.


Advertise About Contact Subscribe. Meanwhile, Back in France Conclusion: Even so, the book is in some sense more Millsian in spirit than the author himself may realize. Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University’s proxy server Theoory custom proxy use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy. The Ideological Backlash 8.

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Identity politics This book is something much more interesting than another introduction to Foucault, Deleuze, Derrida, etc. But, according to Cusset, this was because in America French Theory “signifies nothing other than becoming able, through rhetorical turns and lexical ruses, to make Foucault or Derrida not so much into references as into common nouns”. Yet, Cusset does not limit himself to this intriguing task of intellectual history. But to possess this language, to use it willingly and willfully, simultaneously necessitates scrutiny.

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There is little or no discussion of the role of historians or philosophers in this reception the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, for instance, is entirely absent and there is virtually no textual analysis. Thoery overall result is not as clear as one might hope–readers may get bogged down in details that often lack accompanying evidence, and the book does not quite bring the theorists themselves to life. This was like reading a book-length hteory of US weekly but for critical theory.

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