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Privileging Difference by Antony Easthope
Book DescriptionDifference, the key term in deconstruction, has broken free of its rigorous philosophical context in the work of Jacques Derrida, and turned into an excuse for doing theory the easy way. Celebrating variety for its own sake, Antony Easthope argues, cultural criticism too readily ignores the role of the text itself in addressing the desire of the reader. With characteristic directness, he takes to task the foremost theorists of the current generation one by one, including Edward Said and Homi Bhabha, Dona Haraway, Rosi Braidotti and Judith Butler. In a final tour de force, he contrasts what he calls the two Jakes, Jacques Lacan and Jacques Derrida, to bring out the way their respective theories need each other. The book is vintage Easthope: wide-ranging, fearless, witty and a radical challenge to complacency wherever it is to be found.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780333786291
(216mm x 138mm x 11mm)
Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publish Date: 5-Dec-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Antony Easthope
Critical and Cultural Theory Reader, Paperback (July 2004)
Introduces the key readings in critical and cultural theory. This title guides students through the tradition of thought, from Saussure's early writings on language to contemporary commentary on world events by theorists such as Baudrillard and Zizek.
Privileging Difference, Hardback (December 2001)
This study of the significance and foregrounding of the concept of difference in contemporary, critical, literary and cultural theory, examines critically and polemically the various different articulations of difference and the changes between concepts and theories of difference.
Unconscious, Paperback (June 1999)» View all books by Antony Easthope
The topic of 'the unconscious' has figured largely in literary studies for some time. Antony Easthope approaches this controversial subject not in terms of the body but as meanings. It shows the existence of the unconscious in a variety of ways
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Author Biography - Antony Easthope
The late ANTHONY EASTHOPE was Professor of English at Manchester Metropolitan University. His books include Englishness and National Culture and The Unconscious. The Editor CATHERINE BELSEY chairs the Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory at Cardiff University. Her latest book is Shakespeare and the Loss of Eden: The Construction of Family Values in Early Modern Culture.
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