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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Your existing password has not been changed. But how and why did French Theory become such a big hit, a language requirement, in the United States?

This article has no associated abstract. At the same time in academic departments across the country, their poststructuralist form of radical suspicion transformed disciplines from literature to anthropology to architecture.

But, according to Cusset, this was because in America French Theory “signifies nothing other than becoming able, through rhetorical turns and lexical ruses, to make Foucault or Derrida not so much into references as into common nouns”. To put it another way: If I were more finicky about spelling errors, though, I might have chosen to round down. Cusset is fascinated by the simultaneous American invention and French erasure of French Theory and his investigation into the social, political, and theoretical causes of this transatlantic divergence takes the reader on a journey from the “public birth” of post-structuralism at the Johns Hopkins University conference that brought Roland Barthes, Jacques Derrida, Jacques Lacan and others to the United States and together for the first time, through the mutations and revisions of French Theory in the American academic, cultural, and political landscape up to our current moment.


Iona Uricaru – – Substance 35 1: This must warm some hearts in Minnesota. This was like reading a book-length version of US weekly but for critical theory. The Sokal Effect 1 Part I. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. In his conversation about feminism, bell hooks or Hortense Spiller are not mentioned once, despite both authors being major contributors – originators in some respects – to womanism, feminism, and postmodernism.

Yet, Cusset does not limit himself to this intriguing task of intellectual history. One could certainly marshal any number of 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. The Politics of Identity 7. Please sign in to update your newsletter preferences. Most important, it impels us to inquire why for a time French thought managed to flourish in American universities while French intellectuals rapidly abandoned the entire paradigm.

Contents Theorh to the English Edition Introduction: His conversation regarding Gayatri Spivak, Edward Said, and Homi Bhabha comes off as circumscribed in relation to other American theorists. I hope Cusset gives us a guide to events unfolding more recently – those disputes in France over Muslim headscarves demand a follow-up -! 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.

View the discussion thread. French Theory is the first comprehensive account of the American fortunes of these unlikely philosophical celebrities.

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Students and Users While Cusset tells the intellectual history from a distinct point of view, it’s one that is neither ra-ra nor nay-nay. A successful argument would require a more thorough, multi-disciplinary, textually oriented investigation of the American case as well as an analysis of French cultural history that emphasizes the same types of cultural artifacts that Cusset investigates in the American field.


Sokal’s hoax The book begins by comparing the assemblage of post-’68 French theorists as the rugged actors in those lovable American cowboy Westerns. But this is a tall order and Cusset has achieved much.

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The Invention of a Corpus 1. Reports circulate of an even more difficult year to be admitted to leading California publics. I didn’t say any of this in my review, alas.

Bobby rated it liked it Aug 20, View all 7 comments. This entry has no external links. French Theory gives those of us who are on the inside of the American academy a valuable experience because it cusser the academy as something to be explained.

The framing question is designed to lead the reader to Cusset’s conclusion that France is now in a unique position to reclaim the French theoreticians they had repudiated “without a second thought”.