Following the Textual Revolution

The Standardization of Radical Critical Theories of the 1960s


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About the Book

Analysis of literature and culture abounds in modern scholarship, customarily written in the familiar language of literary theory. Though the terminology today seems (more or less) straightforward, this was not always the case. The propositions for a new and active understanding of “text,” put forward in the 1960s by theorists like Roland Barthes and Jacques Derrida, profoundly influenced contemporary critical thought and were unnerving to many.
This book examines how a divergent school of literary and cultural studies created French Theory, appropriated its ideas about text and texuality and altered the landscape of debate in mainstream academic discourse. The author traces the standardization of a once “rebellious” poststructuralism and presents contemporary critical thinking that questions the assumptions of “Theory.”

About the Author(s)

Tymon Adamczewski is an assistant professor in the English Department of Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz, Poland. His academic interests cover literature, critical theory and cultural studies. He lives in Toruń.

Bibliographic Details

Tymon Adamczewski
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 200
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2016
pISBN: 978-1-4766-6578-8
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2642-0
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
One. 33⅓ RPM or Literary Studies and the Sixties 5
Two. Text and Textuality 32
Three. Acquiring the Text 86
Four. After the Text 149
Conclusion 177
Chapter Notes 183
References 187
Index 193

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