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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It does help if you know a little bit about the work of Foucalt, Derrida, Deleuze and co, but that’s not really a requirement. L’enseignement est devenu un business, et comme disait Casanova, l’argent des sots est le patrimoine des gens d’esprit.

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All this is to say that the minority experience, regardless of how French Theory functioned as one of many parts of an intellectual cache for groups of color and women, is exactly that – MINORity, the condition of being “minor.


I should cueset that Cusset is in the end a defender of the French theorists — but that does not mean he agrees with how they were used in the U. It assumes from the outset that you either know this stuff or you don’t. If I would have read this at the beginning of grad school, I would have felt he was totally wrong; but looking back, Cusset nails a lot of the resistance to theory that surrounds humanities departments like, from the sciences.

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Already have an account? Ted rated it really liked it Dec 24, Cusset argues that the US has reinvented French Theory for its own purposes, straying far from its original intentions in France.

I was looking for at least a little introduction into the thought of the guys in the title, but that’s not what this is. It deserves a hearing — even, and perhaps especially, from people who have already made up their minds about “deconstructionism,” whatever that may be.

Are you sure you want to deactivate your account? What I find to be lacking in his analysis is a fuller discussion of their relationship to Marxism.

French Theory

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. It’s frennch, rather, in the effects of “FT”–and the historical conditions that allowed it to take shape as part of the everyday in the U.

This book is something much more interesting than another introduction to Foucault, Deleuze, Derrida, etc. For that matter, history in its disciplinary form is not very well represented here save the occasional Joan Scott reference.


This can be jarring, but also illuminating.

But, according to Cusset, this was because in America French Theory “signifies nothing other than becoming able, through rhetorical turns and gheory ruses, to make Foucault or Derrida not so much into references as into common nouns”. Apr 07, Wm rated it really liked it Shelves: Well, it turns out that the French have moved on — but, to what -? But this is a tall order drench Cusset has achieved much. View the discussion thread. From Surrealism to Postmodernism.

French Theory — University of Minnesota Press

Not for beginners, which, alas, I am. His book is a wonderful addition to American and French intellectual history that will force us cusste reconsider the history, place, and role of French Theory on both sides of the Atlantic. 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.

Reports circulate of an even more difficult year to be admitted to leading California publics. Home Current Catalogs Blog. Please confirm the information below before signing in. David rated it liked it Jun 08, Cusset observes how Derrida’s emphasis on misreading and the integration of the Other was anticipated by Oswald Spengler, but not that Spengler got his ideas from occultists