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Post-Structuralism and the Question of History - Derek Attridge

Post-Structuralism and the Question of History

By: Derek Attridge (Editor), Geoffrey Bennington (Editor), Robert Young (Editor)

Paperback Published: 10th July 1989
ISBN: 9780521367806
Number Of Pages: 304

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Recent developments in literary theory, such as structuralism and deconstruction, have come under attack for neglecting history, while historically-based approaches have been criticized for failing to take account of the problems inherent in their methodological foundations. This collection of essays is unique in that it focuses on the relation between post-structuralism and historical (especially Marxist) literary theory and criticism. The volume includes a deconstructive reading of Marx, essays that relate history to the philosophical and institutional context, and a number of studies of particular texts, literary and non-literary, which pose the question of history and literary theory with particular force.

Introduction: posing the questionp. 1
History, Marxism, and the Institution
Demanding historyp. 15
Speculations on reading Marx: after reading Derridap. 30
Texts in history: the determinations of readings and their textsp. 63
Criticism and institutions: the American universityp. 82
Difference and History
History tracesp. 101
Derrida and Foucault: writing the history of historicityp. 116
The practice of historical investigationp. 126
Aesthetics and History
Of aesthetic and historical determinationp. 139
The sign of historyp. 162
History as Text
Language as history/history as language: Saussure and the romance of etymologyp. 183
Fallen differences, phallogocentric discourses: losing Paradise Lost to historyp. 212
Ezra Pound: the erasure of historyp. 244
The phonograph in Africa: international phonocentrism from Stanley to Sarnoffp. 263
Notes on the contributorsp. 286
Indexp. 289
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ISBN: 9780521367806
ISBN-10: 0521367808
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 10th July 1989
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.39