French Theory in America

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Sylvère Lotringer, Sande Cohen
Psychology Press, 2001 - Philosophy - 321 pages
What does it mean to"do theory" in America? In what ways has "French Theory" changed American intellectual and artistic life? How different is it from what French intellectuals themselves conceived, and what does all this tell us about American intellectual life? Is "French Theory" still a significant force in America, raising conceptual questions not easily answered? In this volume of new work--including the French writers Julia Kristeva, Jacques Derrida, Jean Baudrillard, and Gilled Delezue, as well as essays by Sylvere Lotringer and Sande Cohen, Mario Biagoli, Elie During, Chris Kraus, Alison Gingeras, and Kriss Ravetto, among others--French theorists assess the impact and reception of their work in America, and American-based critics account for their effects in different areas of cultural criticism and art over the last thirty years.
 

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Contents

A Few Theses on French Theory in America
1
SOME VIEWS FROM FRANCE
13
Europhilia Europhobia
33
For a Political Roland Barthes
47
From Radical Incertitude or Thought as Impostor
59
Sketching an Intellectual Itinerary
71
Jacques Lacan or the Erasure of History
87
What Is the Creative Act?
99
Deleuze versus Deleuze
163
Critical Inquiry October and Historicizing French Theory
191
How French Is It?
217
Projecting Lacan
237
The French Theory Effect
259
French Theory
271
SUPPLEMENTS
289
B Ecceity Smash and Grab The Expanded I and Moment
303

FRENCH THEORY IN AMERICA
111
Doing Theory
125

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Sylvere Lotringer is Professor of French and Comparative Literature at Columbia University and editor and publisher of Semiotext(e). Sande Cohen is Professor in the School of Critical Studies at California Institute of the Arts.

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