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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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. Cusset argues thepry the US has reinvented French Theory for its own purposes, straying far from its original intentions in France.


Tenure may be slightly harder if you deny access to one of these towering giants of intellectuality. There and Back Reports circulate of an even more difficult year to be admitted to leading California publics. Reveling in the gossipy history, Cusset reveals dusset French theory has become inextricably bound with American life.

L’enseignement est devenu un business, et comme disait Casanova, l’argent des sots est le patrimoine des gens d’esprit. History of Western Philosophy. Better, sometimes, to trust your own candlepower — however little wax and wick you may have left. Indeed, the book is at its best when Cusset is demonstrating how the popularity of Foucault, Deleuze, Derrida and company was a heterogeneous phenomenon born of the cross-pollenization of multiple cultural forces that came to intersect on the site of American universities and colleges and in response to contemporary political events.

Transformed the Intellectual Life of the United States French Theory is the first comprehensive account of the American fortunes of these unlikely philosophical celebrities. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. With a traditional account It’s also not a good book to introduce or explicate the concepts or the content of “French theory”–scare quotes, yes.


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Annual List of Words and Phrases to Banish. 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. This article has no thheory abstract. Meanwhile, Back in France Conclusion: Cusset first makes this point in the Introduction when he discusses the controversy surrounding the French publication of Alan Sokal and Jean Bricmont’s Impostures intellectuelles in I am sure this book will become the reference on both sides of the Atlantic.

The book begins by comparing the assemblage of post-’68 French theorists as the rugged actors in those lovable American cowboy Westerns. French Theory is a significant contribution to the scholarship in both literary theory and cultural studies. No keywords specified fix it. The Ideological Backlash 8. Fall – – Foucault Studies 2: In the ivory towers that blanket America, frnch in the humanities, acquiring the language of French Theory separates one scholar from cussef contemporaries.

Cusset is fair and balanced, but I’m sorry to say we Americans cuaset come off as a bunch of dullards. Request removal from index.

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Foucault and His Interlocutors. Cusset observes how Derrida’s emphasis on misreading and the integration of the Other theort anticipated by Oswald Spengler, but not that Theoy got his ideas from occultists I have a philosophy background analytic more than continental and I read this for a history graduate class in the course frejch getting my PhD and I found it to be too esoteric for me. 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.


On this level, those interested in the philosophical issues will be disappointed. Cusset Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Paris offers a rather scattered account of the arrival of these French theorists on US soil beginning with background on the American university scene cussef the ss. The Postmodern Condition A Report on Knowledge This founding essay of the postmodern movement argues that knowledge-science, technology, and the arts-has undergone a change of status since the 19th century and especially since the late s.

Michel Foucault in Continental Philosophy. One problem has to do with the question of “mastery”. Students and Users But this is a tall order and Cusset has achieved much. His book is a wonderful addition to American and French intellectual history that will force us to reconsider the history, place, cussset role of French Theory on both sides of the Atlantic.

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That the title of a French book was in English is not so much lost in translation as short-circuited by it. Mar 31, Melusine Parry rated it it was amazing Shelves: Trivia About French Theory: Jul 29, Leland added it. Deconstruction Sites Part II.

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