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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Aug 14, nick rated it really liked it. Yet, Cusset does not limit himself to this intriguing task of intellectual history. It’s interested, rather, in the effects of “FT”–and the historical conditions that allowed it to take shape as part of the everyday in the U.

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That the title of a French book was in English is not so much lost in translation as short-circuited by it. A Turning Point 54 4. Nor were they so central to cultural and political debate there, at least after the mids, as they were to become for academics in the United States.

I am sure this book will become the reference on both sides of the Atlantic. Michel Foucault in Continental Philosophy. Mar 31, Melusine Parry rated it it was amazing Shelves: This entry has no external links.

Someday I’ll pick this up again. Read it and laugh or read it and weep. Cusset does a good job describing the process of quotation and encapsulation that led to an at times superficial usage of grench thinkers but he is unable to demonstrate what “mastery” of this corpus might be because he has dismissed French Theory the very corpus in question as an American invention.


It has become integral to American culture through its influences on art, identity politics, cultural studies, literary theory, and cinema, as well as through all manner of conservative backlash. Gilles Deleuze in Continental Philosophy.

Identity politics and a supposedly radical “theory” became the consolation prize for fheory revolution that didn’t happen. The Atlantic Ocean has two sides, and so does French Theory. Mark rated it really liked it Mar 05, 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 cusdet become inextricably bound with American life.

French Theory gives those of us who are on the inside of the American academy a valuable experience because it takes the academy as something to be explained. To take a course in literary theory is to read excerpts from these intellectuals, which is to then make sense of their entire corpus. Forse, in alcune parti, un eccesso di stronzissima e francese onniscienza, lo rende un po’ ingeneroso.

Les espoirs qu’il fonde sur les affaires de foulard me laissent froid. How these disparate French thinkers came to represent a vanguard if not a new orthodoxy for many American students and professors.

The Ideological Backlash 8. I kinda think that the first half of the book–which, in my opinion, is much stronger and well-argued than the second half, which, however delightful for its gossipy, “fun fact” approach, never quite reaches the analytical sophistication or precision of the first or so pages.

Anyway, this isn’t so much a book that you read for the minutiae of its details but for its narrative arc and structural analysis. Of course there is always an audience for that sort of thing. Your existing password has not been changed. To ask other readers questions about French Theoryplease sign up.

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According to Cusset, it was in these “niche markets” of academic culture that the “most sophisticated tools of textual analysis and the new university came to be applied to subjects as wide ranging as gangsta rap, “Harlequin” romance readers, Star Trek fans, and even the supposed ‘philosophical’ subtext of the Seinfeld series.

David rated it liked it Jun 08, Zach and I both noticed Cusset’s emphasis on the influence of French theory in the Humanities–writ large insofar as cultural studies doesn’t quite belong there, though it doesn’t not belong there either–and doesn’t touch as much on the influence of these theories on the social sciences. Lists with This Book.

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Ted rated it really liked it Dec 24, Still, the personalities are well-written and I’ve been inspired to catch up as best I can. Robyn Ferrell – – Critical Horizons 4 2: This email address was registered ttheory a social account. The overall argument is that French theory was adopted and adapted by American intellectuals in the ss, giving it a power and credence that it never achieved in France.

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.