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Cultural Criticism, Literary Theory, Poststructuralism - Vincent B. Leitch

Cultural Criticism, Literary Theory, Poststructuralism

Hardcover Published: 22nd November 1992
ISBN: 9780231079709
Number Of Pages: 186
For Ages: 22+ years old

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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.

Analyzing Regimesp. 1
Regimes of Reasonp. 2
Poststructuralist Cultural Critiquep. 8
Ethicopolitical Parametersp. 10
(De)Authorizing Literary Discoursep. 19
Public and Private Authorsp. 19
Author Functionsp. 26
"Historical" Authorsp. 31
Epical/Epochal Scriptorsp. 36
Styling ("Poetic") Language, Rhetoric, Discoursep. 39
"Poetic" Language and Literarinessp. 40
Rhetoric and Rhetoricityp. 43
The Body, the Unconscious, and the Social Orderp. 50
Heteroglot Discourse and Poetryp. 55
Aberrant Subjectsp. 59
(De)Coding (Generic) Discoursep. 62
Forms, Conventions, Institutionsp. 63
Problems of Genealogies and Taxonomiesp. 66
Amalgamations and Anomaliesp. 72
"Pragmatics" of Genrep. 74
Questions of Genderp. 78
Transformations of Genre Studiesp. 80
Pluralizing Poeticsp. 83
Black Aesthetics in Americap. 84
Women's Literaturesp. 90
Minoritarian Poeticsp. 92
Postcolonial Theoryp. 94
The "Minor" and the "Marginal"p. 99
Pluralizing Poetics and Beyondp. 102
"Reading" Textsp. 104
Disorders of Readingp. 105
The Matter of Evaluationp. 111
Problems with Reader-Response Theoriesp. 112
Two Modes of Misreadingp. 117
Reading as Allegorical Rewritingp. 121
Critical Reading Close Readingp. 124
Figuring (in) Institutionsp. 126
Theory of Institutionsp. 127
Apparatuses of Knowledge/Powerp. 129
The Institution of English Studiesp. 136
Institutional Analysis and Cultural Critiquep. 143
Reconnoitering Birmingham Cultural Studiesp. 145
Protocol of Entanglementp. 146
Poststructuralism and Popular Culturep. 148
Crisis of Marxist Critiquep. 156
Conclusionp. 163
Referencesp. 173
Indexp. 181
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ISBN: 9780231079709
ISBN-10: 0231079702
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 186
Published: 22nd November 1992
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 15.93  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.36

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