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Cultural Criticism, Literary Theory, Poststructuralism

Cultural Criticism, Literary Theory, Poststructuralism - 92 edition

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Publisher: Columbia University Press
Published: 1992
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Cultural Criticism, Literary Theory, Poststructuralism - 92 edition

ISBN13: 978-0231079709

Vincent B. Leitch

ISBN13: 978-0231079709
ISBN10: 0231079702
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 92
Publisher: Columbia University Press

Published: 1992
International: No
Summary
  • Leitch argues for the use of poststructural theory in cultural criticism. He maintains that deconstruction remains crucial for truly critical approach to cultural studies.
  • The turn toward "dis-course" and away from "literature" has led to a resurgence of cultural criticism, a mode of analysis revitalized and reformed by the arrival of "theory." Leitch illustrates the weak points of influential predecessors, showing how poststructuralism offers useful advances over reigning modes of critical inquiry.
  • Leitch develops positions on key topics: social formations and cultural critique; authorship and intention; "poetic" discourse and the social text; literary genre and cultural convention; minority literatures and "general poetics"; textual theory and analysis; and Birmingham's Center for Contemporary Cultural Studies and poststructuralism. He draws on the work of Barthes, Deleuze, de Man, Derrida, Foucault, Jameson, Kristeva, Lentricchia, Lyotard, Said, and Scholes.

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Analyzing Regimes 1
Regimes of Reason 2
Poststructuralist Cultural Critique 8
Ethicopolitical Parameters 10
2 (De)Authorizing Literary Discourse 19
Public and Private Authors 19
Author Functions 26
"Historical" Authors 31
Epical/Epochal Scriptors 36
3 Styling ("Poetic") Language, Rhetoric, Discourse 39
"Poetic" Language and Literariness 40
Rhetoric and Rhetoricity 43
The Body, the Unconscious, and the Social Order 50
Heteroglot Discourse and Poetry 55
Aberrant Subjects 59
4 (De)Coding (Generic) Discourse 62
Forms, Conventions, Institutions 63
Problems of Genealogies and Taxonomies 66
Amalgamations and Anomalies 72
"Pragmatics" of Genre 74
Questions of Gender 78
Transformations of Genre Studies 80
5 Pluralizing Poetics 83
Black Aesthetics in America 84
Women's Literatures 90
Minoritarian Poetics 92
Postcolonial Theory 94
The "Minor" and the "Marginal" 99
Pluralizing Poetics and Beyond 102
6 "Reading" Texts 104
Disorders of Reading 105
The Matter of Evaluation 111
Problems with Reader-Response Theories 112
Two Modes of Misreading 117
Reading as Allegorical Rewriting 121
Critical Reading Close Reading 124
7 Figuring (in) Institutions 126
Theory of Institutions 127
Apparatuses of Knowledge/Power 129
The Institution of English Studies 136
Institutional Analysis and Cultural Critique 143
8 Reconnoitering Birmingham Cultural Studies 145
Protocol of Entanglement 146
Poststructuralism and Popular Culture 148
Crisis of Marxist Critique 156
Conclusion 163
References 173
Index 181

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