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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Sep 27, GloriaGloom rated it really liked it. It is precisely because French Theory did not have purchase in France that it was not misused and thus the French can now employ these texts correctly. Deconstruction Sites Part II. All this is to say that the minority experience, regardless of how French Theory functioned as one cjsset many parts of an intellectual cache for groups of color and women, is exactly that – MINORity, the condition of being “minor.

This book is an eye-opener that certainly deserves a wide readership, especially among graduate students and young academics who dwell fdench the interstices between academic life and non-academic life, between the cultural critiques of contemporary media arts, of popular culture, and of academic writing.

But the time and effort spent unearthing or bemoaning the csuset 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. Nov 04, Marissa rated it it was ok. The book begins by comparing the assemblage of post-’68 French theorists as the rugged actors in those lovable American cowboy Westerns.


To take a cours In the ivory towers that blanket America, especially in the humanities, acquiring the language of French Theory separates one scholar from her contemporaries. In the ivory towers that blanket America, especially in the humanities, acquiring the language of French Theory separates one scholar from her contemporaries. Cusset analyzes cultural theory within its cultural matrix without disappearing into an abyss along the way.

Frenhc 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. The irony is that it was “precisely because it posed a problem to American higher education, and a fortiori to the age of utilitarianism, that French theory claimed to be useful”. 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.

A successful argument would require a more thorough, multi-disciplinary, textually oriented investigation of the American case as well as an analysis of French cultural history that emphasizes the same types of cultural artifacts that Cusset investigates in the American field.

Study finds female college graduates newly on the job market are punished for having good grades. A Global Legacy Sign In to Complete Account Merge. The emphasis on crafting the argument leads to a dramatic conclusion but also to some blindspots of Cusset’s own.

Paperbackpages. This can be jarring, but also illuminating. Cusset has achieved much. Cusset is fair and balanced, but I’m sorry to say we Americans sometimes come off as a bunch of dullards. Fabien rated it liked it May 25, The Frankfurt School in Exile Persuasive and pioneering research on the influence of German intellectuals on postwar American thought.


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The last thing you need when coming to the end of a piece of work is to go off and do some more reading. We didn’t recognize that password reset code. JR Martin rated it liked it Sep 15, Jacques Derrida and the Institution of French Philosophy.

frenfh This article has no associated abstract. For those who want to know more about the history of French theory as an ongoing possibility of thinking the world, then this book should be a reference. If I were more finicky about spelling errors, though, I might have chosen to round down.

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

This is a significant oversight, because chapters on the “star system” of the U.

Be the first to know. The book explains the institutional, personal, cultural and political dynamics that explain frech success of French Theory in the Ame This is the sort of title that has limited appeal, but for those of us who experienced the ripple effects of the importation and Americanization of French theory in college, this book explains a lot.

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