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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Meanwhile, Back in France. Jul 24, Elizabeth marked it as to-read Shelves: A Turning Point 4.

I kinda think that the first half of the book–which, in my opinion, is much stronger and well-argued than the second half, which, however delightful for its gossipy, “fun fact” approach, never quite reaches the analytical sophistication or precision of the first or so pages. We’ve sent you an frendh with instructions to create a new password. Sep 07, Dave rated it liked it. French Theory is a significant contribution to the scholarship in both literary theory and cultural studies.

Rather than focus on the “use” of French Theory, Cusset spends the majority of his discussion of 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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The overall argument is that French frennch was adopted and adapted by American intellectuals in the ss, giving it a power and credence that it never achieved in France.

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. Account Activated Your account has been reactivated. I hope Cusset gives us a guide to events unfolding more recently – those disputes in France over Muslim headscarves demand a follow-up -!


The repeated attacks on these very theorists in France would suggest otherwise Cusset argues that the US has reinvented French Theory for its own purposes, straying far from its original intentions in France.

Search Site cusseet in current section. I youtube’d a bunch of Derrida lectures and bought some Theoru for background.

Hillis Miller, and others actually appropriated, incorporated and applied the theories of these French intellectuals in their work. To become Deleuzian or Foucauldian, or what have you, is not necessarily a step along the way to the tenure track. For that matter, history in its disciplinary form is not very well represented here save the occasional Joan Scott reference. Reading for grad school Sign in to use this feature.

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Once my own cogitations were complete the piece will run in the next issue of Bookforumof course, I took a look at the Times Web site. He looks at the process as it unfolded at various levels of academic culture: It is well know that Foucault was a student of French structural theorist, Louis Althusser, and was also, albeit briefly, a member of the Communist Party in France.

Anglo-Saxon readers would do better to read The Myth of Disenchantment, which unveils some hidden layers of 20th century theory. Why longer lives require relevant, accessible curricula throughout long careers opinion.

Forse, in alcune parti, un eccesso di stronzissima e francese onniscienza, lo rende un po’ ingeneroso. Arnold Ira Davidson ed. 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. Well, it turns out that the French have moved on — but, to what -? While Cusset tells the intellectual history from a distinct point of view, it’s one that is neither ra-ra nor nay-nay.


History of Western Philosophy. 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.

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You must verify your email address before signing in. French Theory in America. This book is something much more interesting than another introduction to Foucault, Deleuze, Derrida, etc. Tenure may be slightly harder if you deny access to one of these towering giants of intellectuality. A truly pleasurable experience to read, and incidentally, an especially timely analysis as Barack Obama’s U.

The 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. One problem has to do with the question of “mastery”.

Mark rated it really liked it Mar 05, 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 grench order to put their text to work.

Mais bon, ce n’est pas le titre qui honore l’homme, mais l’homme qui honore le titre. Careers made and ruined, departments torn apart, writing programs turned into sensitivity seminars, political witch hunts, public opprobrium, ignorant media attacks, the whole cusse of wax.

It is precisely cusaet French Theory did not have purchase in France that it was not misused and thus the French can now employ these texts correctly.