The Anglophone Reception of French Theory: Literary Criticism, Cultural Studies, American Pragmatism, Identity Politics

  • Thomas de Zengotita
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This chapter focuses on four specific areas of study in the Anglophone academy that are most often associated with postmodern theory: “high theory” as practiced in the more rarefied precincts of literary criticism; “cultural studies” as they proliferated, more popularly and politically, into university settings all over the world; the postphilosophical project of Richard Rorty, the pragmatist philosopher who sympathized most insightfully with continental influences in the Anglophone academy; and the rise of “identity politics” and intersectionality, informed as it was at every turn by French theory and embodied most effectively in the thought and personal example of Judith Butler. While this chapter alludes to the broader influence of theory across the humanities as a whole, it concentrates on those areas in order to highlight specific processes of appropriation that were typical of the Anglophone reception.


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  • Thomas de Zengotita
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