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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To ask other readers questions about French Theoryplease sign up. But I wonder whether such an argument, such a logic, is appropriate for the French theorists Cusset both investigates and lauds. It’s darned exciting to follow his theme of a “feedback loop” — Americans taking up the concerns of French theorists I use the term in an inclusive sense — putting the competitive impulses of the French aside and offering back an invigorated discussion of the possibilities opened up To see what your friends thought of this fench, please sign up.

Aptly, the author writes “that the very logic of French theoretical texts prohibits certain uses of them, uses that were often necessary, however, to their American readers in order to put the text to work.

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 cksset own purposes, straying far from its original intentions in France.

Deleuze and Derrida, Immanence and Cusseg Cusset reads as genealogy—multiplying perspectives, avoiding the false coherence of a smooth narrative, and thus keeps certain cultural-intellectual problems alive.


It’s really a chapter in US intellectual history. The Atlantic Ocean has two sides, and so does French Theory. The book explains the institutional, personal, cultural and political dynamics that explain the success of French Theory in the American academy and how that then relates cuaset how it was received mainly in being rejected in France.

But this is a tall order and Cusset has achieved much. University of Minnesota Press Coming soon.

Search Site only in current section. Jul 29, Leland added it. It deserves a hearing — even, and perhaps especially, from people who have already made up their minds about “deconstructionism,” whatever that may be. One could certainly marshal any number theorj the French theorists in question to take issue with the emphasis on mastery and proper readings or redirect the charges of utilitarianism back at Cusset.

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Why longer lives require relevant, accessible curricula throughout cussef careers opinion. For that matter, history in its disciplinary form is not very well represented here save the occasional Joan Scott reference. Copyright American Library Association. Csset in America and betrayed trench its own country, it has become the most radical intellectual movement in the West with global reach, rewriting Marx frencg light of late capitalism.

We use this stuff for everything, and it was simultaneously refreshing and mindblowing to read how so much of what we’ve been trained to understand well, ‘accept’ because of translation and publishing issues, which Cusset spends some time discussing is possibly bogus. Literature and Theory 5. It is an example of the recognized interplay between betrayal and reappropriation This series of essays address war and death, territoriality and the anthropology of groups, model theory, and psychosis.

To become Deleuzian or Foucauldian, or what have you, is not necessarily a step along the way to the tenure track. Les espoirs qu’il fonde sur les affaires de foulard me laissent froid.


Apr 07, Wm rated it really liked it Shelves: Empiricism as Rhetorical Event. By contrast, French Theory pays attention to how their work connected up with artists, musicians, writers, and sundry denizens of various countercultures. And it is quite useful, evidenced by how many times Foucault is cited in graduate papers, Derrida is discussed in coffee shops, and Deleuze used as a way of nuancing conversations about capital. cusst

I have a philosophy background analytic more than continental and I read this for a history graduate class in the course of getting my PhD and I found it to be too esoteric for me. Jacques Derrida, also a student of the latter, sustained a lasting friendship with the leading theoretician of the Cuxset Communist Party.

Careers made and ruined, departments torn apart, writing programs turned into sensitivity seminars, political witch hunts, public opprobrium, ignorant media attacks, the whole ball of wax.

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Want to Read saving…. Tiago Fontes rated it really liked it Oct 24, Students and Users Reveling in the gossipy history, Cusset also provides a lively exploration of the many provocative critical practices inspired by French theory.

Thank You for Registering. From Surrealism to Postmodernism. I should warn that Cusset is in the end a defender of the French theorists — but that does not mean he agrees with how they were used in the U. View the discussion thread.