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The Rebirth of American Literary Theory and Criticism

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 This book is the first collection of unified interviews with the great figures of the golden age of American celebrity literary and cultural critics. While many of these celebrity critics have been interviewed elsewhere, this collection is different. The 18 critics interviewed here are all asked the same questions, whereas usually interviews are one-offs, each one unique and incomparable. By contrast this collection shows that theorists, when commenting on the same issues, actually range widely and express a remarkable diversity of opinions.


The book also presents a vivid portrayal of the ways in which literary theory affected the lives of these individuals. All 18 people interviewed lived what might be called, without exaggeration, a life of theory. Their work and lives were jostled by seismic dislocations. New criticism was overwhelmed by postmodernism, deconstruction reigned and then succumbed to new historicism and the politics and criticism of identity. Race and gender burgeoned as fundamental topics. Critics and scholars experiences these ruptures differently and reacted in different ways. This book of interviews offers 18 exemplary instances. Instead of the unity they are often assumed to have, these figures reveal how incredibly diverse they actually were.


Finally, the collection offers a coherent summation of this richly turbulent and intellectually powerful era. The introduction to the volume and the brilliant afterword by Professor Heather Love offer cogent assessment of this remarkably varied era of American intellectual life. They make sense of a disruptive and puzzling past. The book includes 23 illustrations highlighting some of the key points and themes.


Intro: H. Aram Veeser; Chapter 1: Walter Benn Michaels; Chapter 2: Richard Macksey; Chapter 3: Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak; Chapter 4: Stanley Fish; Chapter 5: Homi Bhabha; Chapter 6: Jane Gallop; Chapter 7: W.J.T. Mitchell; Chapter 8: Rita Felski; Chapter 9: Steven Mailloux; Chapter 10: William P. Germano; Chapter 11: Vincent Leitch; Chapter 12: Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein; Chapter 13: Jeffrey Nealon; Chapter 14: Martin Puchner; Chapter 15: Michael Bérubé; Chapter 16: Ken Warren; Chapter 17: Cary Wolfe; Chapter 18: Michael Warner; Chapter 19: Wai Chee Dimock; Afterword: Judith Butler; Index.

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Published 27 November 2020
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EAN13 9781785274398
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