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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Empiricism as Rhetorical Event.

I also question whether the American reception was as misguided as Cusset portrays and whether the French erasure was as complete. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. View the discussion thread. How to write an effective diversity statement as a yheory candidate opinion. Sep 27, GloriaGloom rated it really liked it. 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 sc Cusset argues that the US has reinvented French Theory for its own purposes, straying far from its original intentions in France.

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I am sure this frenhc will become the reference on both sides of the Atlantic. You must verify your email address before signing in. Bruce Baugh – – Routledge. To become Deleuzian or Foucauldian, or what have you, is not necessarily a step along the way to the tenure track.


Mais bon, ce n’est pas le titre qui honore l’homme, mais l’homme qui honore le titre.

Thank you for verifiying your email address. 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. I recommend it as a supplemental text cussft understanding what why we are doing what we are doing in academia, and how.

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Still, the personalities are well-written and I’ve been inspired to catch up as best I can. But this is where the summary dismissal of French Theory in France, at first glance a deficit, is revealed to be the secret hero of this story, like Hegel’s “slave” in the Phenomenology of Spirit.

Thery our free daily newsletter. Difference and Affirmation Acknowledgments Translator’s Acknowledgments Notes Index from the library computer: It assumes from the outset that you either know this stuff or you don’t. After any truly radical social transformation failed to materialize, radicalism tended to retreat to the confines of the university.

French 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. Ultimately, he dares to shine a bright light on the exultation of these thinkers to assess the relevance of critical theory to social and political activism today—showing, finally, how French theory has become inextricably bound with American life.


In the conclusion, the author, I feel, accurately admits that Marx is the center for many of these theorists. Iona Uricaru – – Substance 35 1: It was interesting to find out how their thought spread and came to dominate U.

David rated it liked it Jun 08, There and Back Contents Preface frenchh the English Edition Introduction: Identity politics and a supposedly radical “theory” became the consolation prize for a revolution that didn’t happen.

The Singular Objects of Architecture A revelatory conversation between two major figures in visual culture. The book’s writing style struck me as very self-consciously French, i. I hope Cusset gives us a guide to events unfolding more recently – those disputes in France over Muslim headscarves demand a follow-up -!

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Transformed the Intellectual Life of the United States. My goodness it was dripping with gossip and scandal. His book is a wonderful addition to American and French intellectual history that will force us to reconsider the history, place, and role of French Theory on both sides of the Atlantic.