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The Shape of the Signifier is a critique of recent theory--primarily literary but also cultural and political. Bringing together previously unconnected strands of Michaels's thought--from "Against Theory" to Our America--it anatomizes what's fundamentally at stake when we think of literature in terms of the experience of the reader rather than the intention of the author,The Shape of the Signifier is a critique of recent theory--primarily literary but also cultural and political. Bringing together previously unconnected strands of Michaels's thought--from "Against Theory" to Our America--it anatomizes what's fundamentally at stake when we think of literature in terms of the experience of the reader rather than the intention of the author, and when we substitute the question of who people are for the question of what they believe. With signature virtuosity, Michaels shows how the replacement of ideological difference (we believe different things) with identitarian difference (we speak different languages, we have different bodies and different histories) organizes the thinking of writers from Richard Rorty to Octavia Butler to Samuel Huntington to Kathy Acker. He then examines how this shift produces the narrative logic of texts ranging from Toni Morrison's Beloved to Michael Hardt and Toni Negri's Empire. As with everything Michaels writes, The Shape of the Signifier is sure to leave controversy and debate in its wake....

Title : The Shape of the Signifier: 1967 to the End of History
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ISBN : 9780691126180
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 224 Pages
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The Shape of the Signifier: 1967 to the End of History Reviews

  • Robert Holm
    2019-01-05 03:27

    Makes some good points here and there - but they are well hidden, and frequently require too much patience and excavation efforts to find. This would have been better if it had been less meandering and more clear in its conclusions. Caveat: My understanding was probably hampered, I'll admit, by the fact that I read about half of this book last year, and then didn't pick it up again until several months later. But I can't dislike someone who frequently quotes science fiction authors! (And who is a strong defender of authorial intention).

  • ‎Seth
    2019-01-07 01:30

    A bold polemic against the cultural turn and identity politics. The classic Walter Benn Michaels maneuver is on full display here: demonstrate how two apparent opposites (e.g., Judith Butler and George W. Bush) are covertly compatible and complicit in something awful, then provide a Marx-tinged alternative. I for one eat this shit up like candy. This is my fun reading.

  • Donna Rae
    2018-12-28 07:35

    I am about a third of the way through and it is confusing but makes some interesting points. Lets see how long b4 I finish it.