Theory and the Disappearing Future

Theory and the Disappearing Future

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Paul de Man is often associated with an era of a€˜high theorya€™, an era it is argued may now be coming to a close. This book, written by three leading contemporary scholars, includes both a transcript and facsimile print of a previously unpublished text by de Man of his handwritten notes for a lecture on Walter Benjamin. Challenging and relevant, this volume presents de Mana€™s work as a critical resource for dealing with the most important questions of the twenty-first century and argues for the place of theory within it. The humanities are flooded with crises of globalism, capitalism and terrorism, contemporary narratives of financial collapse, viral annihilation, species extinction, environmental disaster and terrorist destruction. Cohen, Colebrook and Miller draw out the implications of these crises and their narratives and, reflecting on this work by de Man, explore the limits of political thinking, of historical retrieval and the ethics of archives and cultural memory.They need colleges and universities these days, if at all, primarily to teach math and sci- ence, technology, engineering, computer science, basic English composition, ... the one that goes from the two sets of notes for the a€œTask of the Translatora€ essay, to the tape of the oral presentation ... a good deal of resistance by members of the audience like Peter Demetz, as happened again at Cornell with scholarsanbsp;...

Title:Theory and the Disappearing Future
Author:Tom Cohen, Claire Colebrook, J. Hillis Miller, Uci Distinguished Professor Emeritus J Hillis Miller, with a manuscript by Paul de Man, With A Manuscript by Paul a Manuscript by Paul De De Man
Publisher:Routledge - 2011-11-14


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