This book is a commentary on the three most influential texts of Lacan, Derrida and Kristeva: "Ecrits", "Of Grammatology", and "Revolution in Poetic Language". These texts have reshaped current thought in psychoanalysis, philosophy, linguistics and literary and cultural theory. The purpose of this book is to illuminate the textual practices of these three theorists in the interest of making their texts more accessible to readers who will want to assess for themselves what the recent controversies over "theory" are about. In addition to the detailed discussions of the principal texts by Lacan, Derrida and Kristeva, this book includes a chapter on their own principal manifestos, a chapter on their "readings" of paintings and a systematic response to their critics. The book should be of interest to undergraduates in literary theory and continental philosophy.
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"Deconstruction," "psychoanalysis," and "semiotics" have becoem part of the vocabulary of contempoarry culture. Reading Theory introduces the principal texts by Lacan, Derrida, and Kristeva that lie behind these terms and that provide their contexts. This book concentrates its attention on making accessiblw what these three theorists have written, rather than offering a synthetin abstraction of the fashionable terminology of theory.
In addition to these detailed readings Michael Payne examines and introduces the manifestos of each writer, their "readings" of paintings, and provides a systematic response to their critics.About the Author:
Michael Payne is John P. Crozer Professor and Heaad of English at Bucknell University, Pennsylvania. He is the author of Irony in Shakespeare's Roman Plays and the editor of several volumes of criticism and theory, including the forthcoming Blackwell Dictionary of Cultural and Critical Theory.
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