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Difference, 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 Details

ISBN: 9780333786284
ISBN-10: 0333786289
Format: Hardback
(216mm x 138mm x 16mm)
Pages: 192
Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publish Date: 5-Dec-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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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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