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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Ultimately, he dares to shine a bright light on the exultation of these thinkers to assess the relevance of critical theory to social and political activism today-showing, finally, how French theory has become inextricably bound with American life. Trivia About French Yheory Even so, the book is in some sense more Millsian in spirit than the author himself may realize.

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Even if one leaves still thinking French Theory is utterly rubbish and one of the points Cusset makes is that the actual work of the French theorists had less of an impact than how that work was interpreted and re-appropriated and packaged for America, and mainly for academia in Americaone still understands why it had the success it did — and why the backlash against it was not much more sophisticated either. The bit of Anglicism is very much to the point: Yet, Cusset does not limit himself to this intriguing task of intellectual history.

There is also a great aperture in Cusset’s treatment of what he calls “minority groups” and their relationship to French Theory in the s. I’m glad I read this and certain parts were fascinating but I found it to be a book for the author’s peers and colleagues rather than a book for the general public.

Better, sometimes, to trust your own candlepower — however little wax and wick you may have left.


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 fench much into references as into common nouns”.


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Anglo-Saxon readers would do better to read The Myth of Disenchantment, which unveils some hidden layers of 20th century theory. But in other ways it is unfortunate. Copyright American Library Association. Cusset has achieved much. At the start, there’s a fascinating chapter on the development of the US university that really situates how this reinvention was able to bloom here.

Meanwhile, Back in France Conclusion: 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 its own purposes, straying far from its original intentions in France.

It is actually the symbolic capital, the star power, of the countercultural frenc that led to the rising popularity of the French theorists; this light then reflected back onto the American academics who, in turn, basked in the glow. You will no cuswet have access to your profile. But to possess this language, to use it willingly and willfully, simultaneously necessitates scrutiny.

The Politics of Identity 7. I hope Cusset gives us a guide to events unfolding more recently – those disputes in France fheory Muslim headscarves demand a follow-up -! It is precisely throry French Theory did not have purchase in France that it was not misused and thus the French can now employ these texts correctly. This book about French theory in American spends a lot of time introducing aspects of American culture that French people might find foreign.

I youtube’d a bunch of Derrida lectures and bought some Levi-Strauss for background.

Fall – – Foucault Studies 2: Two Directions in Recent French Thought. Students and Users The framing question is designed to frecnh 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”.


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But this is where the summary dismissal of French Theory in France, at first glance a deficit, is revealed to be the secret hero of this story, like Hegel’s “slave” in the Phenomenology of Spirit. Want to Read saving….

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Vinicius Oliveira Sanfelice – – Revista Inquietude 4 1: The Sokal Effect 1 Part I. To put frnch another way: Sep 27, GloriaGloom rated it really liked it. He looks at the process as it unfolded at various levels of academic culture: Breathtakingly moving back and forth between the two cultures, Francois Cusset takes us through a dazzling intellectual adventure that illuminates the past thirty years, and many more decades to come.

On the one hand, Cusset wants to tell us that some of the most important inroads made by French Theory were through the chance encounters of students who never fully “mastered” the texts of thinkers like Derrida or Foucault.

Scott McLemee checks it out. Now the misguided American invention of French Theory can be replaced by a guided variant predicated on the proper French? JR Martin rated it liked it Sep 15, This is a significant oversight, because chapters on the “star system” of the U.

Still, the personalities are well-written and I’ve been inspired to catch up as best I can. Forse, in alcune parti, un eccesso di stronzissima e francese onniscienza, lo rende un po’ ingeneroso. Will Holub-Moorman rated it really liked it Dec 21, Most important, it impels us to inquire why for a time French theoryy managed to flourish in American universities while French intellectuals rapidly abandoned the entire paradigm.

Hillis Miller, and others actually appropriated, incorporated and applied the theories of these French intellectuals in their work.