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Title What's left of theory? : new work on the politics of literary theory / edited by Judith Butler, John Guillory, and Kendall Thomas
Published New York ; London : Routledge, 2000
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 292 pages) : illustrations, facsimile, portraits
Series Essays from the English Institute
Essays from the English Institute.
Contents From Haverstock Hill flat to U.S. classroom, what's left of theory? / Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak -- Like race arguments / Janet E. Halley -- Zones of privacy / Michael Warner -- Extreme criticism / John Brenkman -- Return of realism and the future of contingency / Michael Bérubé -- Refashioning the secular / William E. Connolly -- Picturing pleasure / Marjorie Levinson -- Protestant ethic and the spirit of anorexia / Jeff Nunokawa -- Literary in theory / Jonathan Culler
Summary "For several years," write the editors ofWhat's Left of Theory, "a debate on the politics of theory has been conducted energetically within literary studies. The terms of the debate, however, are far from clear. What is meant by politics? What is meant by theory?" What's Left of Theoryis a vigorous engagement with that thorniest of critical questions: how today are theory and progressive thought connected? Michael Warner, activist and critic, examines 'zones of privacy and zones of theory' while law professor Janet Halley considers theory and its applicability to sex harassment. Jeff Nunokawa examines Oscar Wilde, Marjorie Levinson reads Elizabeth Bishop alongsideNational Geographic; John Brenkman considers 'extreme criticism', Michael Berube the 'future of contingency'; William Connolly addresses the matter of secularism, Gayatri Spivak explores what she calls 'theory-remains', and Jonathan Culler demonstrates once again his gift for explaining the complex in an essay thatidentifies 'the literary in theory'. Editors Butler, Guillory, and Thomas have brought together not only outstanding questioners, but outstanding questions. As their introduction puts it, "Are there ways of pursuing a politically reflective literary analysis that have definitively left theory behind, and must 'theory' be left behind for left literary analysis to emerge? Has the study of literature passed beyond its encounter with theory? If so, in passing beyond theory, has it remained unchanged? Does the recent cry for a 'return to literature' signal the surpassing of theory, the fact that literature remains after theory? Does literature remain (the same) after theory?" For students of literature and the humanities in general, these questions are not only left: they endure
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
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Subject American literature -- History and criticism -- Theory, etc.
Criticism -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
English literature -- History and criticism -- Theory, etc.
Politics and literature -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Form Electronic book
Author Butler, Judith, 1956-
Guillory, John.
Thomas, Kendall.
English Institute.
LC no. 00708704
ISBN 0203902203 (electronic bk.)
9780203902202 (electronic bk.)