Discipline and Practice: The (ir)resistibility of Theory

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Stefan Herbrechter, Ivan Callus
Bucknell University Press, 2004 - Literary Collections - 269 pages
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Has theory become resistible? Has it betrayed its promise, and sold out on its practice? Should theory, after having become a discipline, still lay claims on the radical, or should it embrace its establishment within the university? What future(s) could theory have if there is (dis)agreement about its present(s) and its past(s), and what and how should it from now proceed to read?
 

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Contents

The Case for Cultural Criticism
47
What is a False Interpretation?
64
Relevance and Disciplinary Resistance
79
French ThinkingThinking French In Translation
107
Giving Taking Leaving Belonging and the Remains of the University
125
Naive Modernism and the Politics of Embarrassment
154
From Althusser to Balibar
178
On the Nature of Language the Epistemology of Modern Science and the Relationship Between the Two Cultures
205
The Irresistibility of the Posthuman Questioning New Cultural Theory
226
Notes on Contributors
259
Index
263
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About the author (2004)

Stefan Herbrechter is Reader in Cultural Theory in the Department of Media, School of Art and Design, Coventry University, UK.

Prof. Gloria Lauri-Lucente is Director of the Institute of Anglo-Italian Studies, Head of the Department of Italian and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Malta.

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