The work of the French literary review, intellectual grouping and publishing team Tel Quel had a profound impact on the formation of literary and cultural debate in the 1960s and 70s. Its legacy has had enormous influence on the parameters of such debate today. From its beginning in 1960 to its closure in 1982, it published some of the earliest work of Jacques Derrida, Julia Kristeva, Michel Foucault and Roland Barthes. It was also associated with some of the key ideas of the French avant-garde, publishing key articles by Georges Bataille and Antonin Artaud.
The Tel Quel Reader presents for the first time in English the key essays written by the Tel Quel group. Essays by Julia Kristeva, one of the review's editor's Michel Foucault, and a fascinating interview with Roland Barthes are here made available for the first time in English. It provides a unique insight into the post-structuralist movement and presents some of the pioneering essays on literature and culture, film, semiotics and psychoanalysis.
Assembling key essays from over a twenty-year period, The Tel Quel Reader is an indispensible resource for students of literature, cultural and visual studies, philosophy and French studies.
..."stimulating and enjoyable collection."
-"Philosophy in Review/Comptes Rendus Philosophiques
""The Tel Quel Reader provides an accurate representaion of poststructural theory and its earnes and passionate commitment to the fields of science, art and yes literature.."
"This reader will prove extremely valuable to structuralist and post-structuralist literature scholars...."
"This collection includes the most important essays and gives an excellent picture of "Tel Quel's work and evolution over time."
-Fredric Jameson, Duke University
""The Tel Quel Reader provides a crucial historical link until now unavailable to English readers."
-Kelly Oliver, University of Texas at Austin