Incorporating Cultural Theory: Maternity at the Millennium

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SUNY Press, Jan 31, 2002 - Psychology - 202 pages
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Incorporating Cultural Theory addresses the status of the body and sexuality in cultural criticism by focusing on issues of sexuality, intimacy, and identity. With a perspective grounded in body politics, O’Neill offers careful but contesting studies of theorists including Barthes, Derrida, Lyotard, Freud, Lacan, Hegel, Parsons, and Merleau-Ponty, that amplify his own overarching theoretical framework. Concluding chapters demonstrate the practicality of the author’s body-political critical theory, offering analyses of Jurassic Park and the London Millennium Dome as cyborg practices designed to bypass the reproductive anxieties of bodies, families, and communities by shape-shifting the loss of a civic boundary. The overarching frame of the book—maternity at the millennium—provides a unique topic for using psychoanalysis to reconsider cultural studies, and O’Neill argues throughout for keeping cultural studies focused on wholeness and integration, instead of the fragmentation and alienation embraced by postmodern theoretical excesses.
 

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Contents

Infant Theory
5
The Gift of Life
17
What Gives with Derrida?
31
The Case of Leonardo
47
The Case of Dora
65
The Case of Schreber
83
The Case of Zeno
95
Parricide in DerridaBataille
107
Lost in the Post
119
DinosaursRUSA
133
Remembering the Millennium
171
References
183
Index
197
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John O Neill is Distinguished Research Professor of Sociology at York University in Toronto, a Member of the Centre for Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He is the author of several books, including The Poverty of Postmodernism, and the coeditor of The Journal of Classical Sociology and the international quarterly Philosophy of the Social Sciences.

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