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After Theory


Verlag: Penguin / Allen Lane, 2003
ISBN 10: 071399732X / ISBN 13: 9780713997323
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Titel: After Theory

Verlag: Penguin / Allen Lane

Erscheinungsdatum: 2003

Einband: Hardback

Zustand: Fine

Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Fine

Auflage: 1st edn.

Art des Buches: Binding tight, text unmarked


~No ownership marks. Size: 225pp. Buchnummer des Verkäufers YY0554

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Inhaltsangabe: Today the barriers between high and low culture have crumbled, but, as Terry Eagleton's book asks: does this mean our obsession with "culture" has overtaken everything else? Can we still be politically engaged in today's freewheeling, postmodern era? How is it possible to justify studying "Friends" when half the world's population survives on less than two dollars a day? What kind of fresh thinking does today's urgent global situation demand? Terry Eagleton's work "Literary Theory" inspired a generation and established him as one of the leading thinkers of the Left. In this book he argues that the age of "high" theory has come to a close - and looks at what ought to follow. Tracing the rise and fall of theory from the 1960s to the 1990s, Eagleton explores the cultural and political factors that brought it to birth, examining how path-breaking writers such as Barthes, Foucault, Lacan and Kristeva brought subjects like gender, power, sexuality and ethnicity out of the margins. He offers a candid assessment of the gains and losses of cultural theory, rebutting many of the standard charges against it, but claiming also that it has been silent or evasive about a whole range of vital issues. "After Theory" concludes with the dramatic suggestion that, in the face of a new global narrative of capitalism, postmodernism may now be dead. Instead, the areas that cultural theory has overlooked or denied - love, evil, death, morality, metaphysics, religion and revolution - must urgently be engaged with. As this impassioned, radical treatise on the modern age shows, they matter now more than ever.


'Showily, and wittily, Eagleton yearns for a species of salvation or transcendence from cultural theories' Prospect

'...An original thinker whose passion and zest for life, and writing, remain, after years in the famously desiccating groves of academe, undiminished' the Independent Magazine

'After Theory's huge achievement is to show just how formidable a presence the Marxist cultural critic can be, even here in the thronged and dismaying universe of Bush, Blair, Derrida and the celebrated M Jean Baudrilland' Independent on Sunday

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