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The Future of Theory

Jean-Michel Rabaté

ISBN: 978-0-470-77988-0 April 2008 Wiley-Blackwell 176 Pages


In this controversial manifesto, Jean-Michel Rabaté addresses current anxieties about the future of literary and cultural theory and proposes that it still has a crucial role to play.

1. Geneaology 1: Hegel's Plague.

2. Genealogy 2: The Avant-Garde at Theory's High Tide.

3. Theory, Science, Technology.

4. Theory not of Literature but as Literature.




"As with other books in this publisher's series, the intent is to engage the general educated public in a discussion of meaningful concepts, and Rabate succeeds excellently. For all public and academic collections." Library Journal

"This clearly written, well-documented study will serve graduate students, faculty and researchers." Choice

  • Examines the past and future of Theory.

  • Claims that Theory's ongoing role is to question official knowledge.

  • Sketches the genealogy of Theory back to the 1960s and beyond.

  • Forms part of the prestigious Blackwell Manifestos series.