After Poststructuralism: Reading, Stories, Theory

After Poststructuralism: Reading, Stories, Theory

by Colin Davis, Davis Colin


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In the last decades of the twentieth century, French poststructuralist 'theory' transformed the humanities; it also met with resistance and today we frequently hear that theory is 'dead'.
In this brilliantly argued volume, Colin Davis:
*reconsiders key arguments for and against theory, identifying significant misreadings
*reassesses the contribution of poststructuralist thought to the critical issues of knowledge, ethics, hope and identity
*sheds new light on the work of Jean-François Lyotard, Emmanuel Levinas, Louis Althusser and Julia Kristeva in a stunning series of readings
*offers a fresh perspective on recent debates around the death of theory.
In closing he argues that theory may change, but it will not go away. After poststructuralism, then, comes the afterlife of poststructuralism.
Wonderfully accessible, this is an account of the past and present fortunes of theory, suitable for anyone researching, teaching, or studying in the field. And yet it is much more than this. Colin Davis provides a way forward for the humanities - a way forward in which theory will play a crucial part.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415316088
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 12/18/2003
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

1. Impostures of French Theory
2. Enlightenment/Poststructuralism
3. After Knowledge: Lyotard and the Postmodern Condition
4. After Ethics: Levinas Without Stories
5. After Hope: Althusser on Reading and Self-Reading
6. After Identity: Kristeva's Life Stories
7. Spectres of Theory

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