Ideology and Inscription: 'Cultural Studies' After Benjamin, De Man, and Bakhtin

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Cambridge University Press, Oct 1, 1998 - Literary Criticism - 258 pages
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Tom Cohen questions the way history, ideology and politics are invoked in contemporary cultural studies. Enlisting the work of three seminal figures in literary theory--Walter Benjamin, Paul de Man, and M. Bakhtin--Cohen argues for a new politics of memory that moves beyond what he sees as our current paralyzing preoccupation with the present, and also for a new approach to the reading and analysis of cultural texts that breaks with the mimetic premises of traditional criticism.
 

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Contents

Reflections on post postmortem de Man
31
The ideology of dialogue the de ManBakhtin connection
56
Mnemotechnics time of the sťance or the mimetic blind of cultural studies
98
Expropriating cinema or Hitchcocks mimetic war
141
Beyond the Gaze Hitchcock Žižek and the ideological sublime
143
Sabotaging the ocularist state
169
Tourings or the monadic switchboard
201
Echotourism Nietzschean cyborgs anthropophagy and the rhetoric of science in cultural studies
203
Altered states stoned in Marseilles or the addiction to reference
221
Contretemps notes on contemporary travel
238
Select bibliography
253
Index
257
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About the author (1998)

Tom Cohen is Professor at the Department of English at the State University of New York, Albany. He is the author of Anti-Mimesis (Cambridge, 1994)and Ideology and Inscription (Cambridge, 1998). He is also contributing editor of Material Events: Paul de Man and the Afterlife of Theory (2000).

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