By John Holbo
FRAMING THEORY'S EMPIRE began lifestyles as a "book event"--an on-line, roundtable-style symposium on THEORY'S EMPIRE (Columbia UP, 2005). dozen individuals provided studies, feedback, and observation. Now in booklet shape, it features a preface via Scott McLemee and afterthoughts from THEORY'S EMPIRE'S editors.
WHAT OTHERS HAVE stated . . . because the idea period attracts to an in depth, we want greater than ever clever rumination and debate over what all of it intended. THEORY'S EMPIRE was once an enormous step in that path. Framing THEORY'S EMPIRe incorporates at the dialog with sophistication and flair.
--Denis Dutton, editor, PHILOSOPHY & LITERATURE . . .
It's infrequent for authors to have their paintings be the item of a long, designated, severe and energetic discussion presently after its book. John Holbo's dedication to utilizing the net as an device for bringing approximately accurately the sort of discussion is an excellent instance of the way new applied sciences can improve the standard of our highbrow exchanges. And to make that vigorous discussion be the item of one other e-book, online and in tough replica, is one more contribution.
--Daphne Patai, editor, THEORY'S EMPIRE . . .
CONTRIBUTORS Mark Bauerlein, Michael Bérubé, Timothy Burke, Chris Cagle, Christopher Conway, Will H. Corral, Jodi Dean, Brad DeLong, Morris Dickstein, John Emerson, Jonathan Goodwin, Daniel eco-friendly, Matt Greenfield, John Holbo, Mark Kaplan, Scott Eric Kaufman, Adam Kotsko, Kathleen Lowrey, Jonathan Mayhew, Sean McCann, Scott McLemee, John McGowan, Daphne Patai, Kenneth Rufo, Amardeep Sing, and Jeffrey Wallen
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In the early 1990s, the profession witnessed for the first time the phenomenon of theory-celebrity, and it was weird and often odious. Some theorists hated it, and some reveled in it. C. scaremongering itself, as more and more academics came forward to explain just what it was that they were doing. That machinery put Henry Louis Gates on the cover of the New York Times Magazine, and it produced Hurricane Camille Paglia at the same time. It was kind of indiscriminate that way. And then, oddly, just when Bauerlein gets to the celebrity phenomenon (where he can score any number of points, having written perceptively in the past on epigonism and territorialism in the field), there are a couple of false notes.
Nothing, really, for the reviewer to get hot and bothered about. Better to keep in mind that anthologies are textbooks and, as Thomas Kuhn pointed out years ago, textbooks embody the received wisdom of the field, not its cutting edge research. Anyone even moderately versed in Theory (I will follow the editors’ usage and speak of Theory with a capital T, although uneasy with that phrasing) will be familiar with most everything said in Theory’s Empire. The same, I hasten, to add is true of The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism.
Yeah, in a way,” he answered. ” she wondered. ) She was puzzled. ” “To be honest, there isn’t any theory,” he said. ” He shrugged. ” “There aren’t any names. ” A trivial exchange, yes, but it signals the professional meaning and moral barrenness Theory accrued in the Nineties. 15 16 Michael Bérubé Hmm. ) barrenness Theory accrued in the Nineties. I think Bauerlein wants to go with (b), myself. ” she asked Bauerlein’s colleague to write the word on a pad of paper for her. Now, seriously. Why would Bauerlein relay this trivial exchange as a sign of moral barrenness and so forth?
Framing Theory's Empire by John Holbo