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Recommended authors: Roland Barthes - Michel Foucault - Gilles Deleuze
DefinitionPost-structuralism is an English term used to describe mostly French language scholarship that emerged in the mid- to late 1960s in the wake of structuralism.
The term is controversial because
- scholars generally held to be post-structuralists do not identify themselves as such.
- it appears to have originated not in French scholarship but in its reception in English-language scholarship.
A fair amount of post-structuralism's ideas are a re-interpretation of the work of Sigmund Freud, Søren Kierkegaard, Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche and Martin Heidegger.
Much like the auteur theory, the Post-structuralism phenomenon is an instance of American post-WWII fondness of French theory which sparked an interesting English-language debate in cultural/popular circles.
Jahsonic readers may especially be interested in the work of Roland Barthes, Michel Foucault and Gilles Deleuze. [Jan 2006]
See also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Post-structuralism
The Tel Quel Reader - Patrick Ffrench
The Tel Quel Reader - Patrick Ffrench [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]"This collection includes the most important essays and gives an excellent picture of Tel Quel's work and evolution over time." --Fredric Jameson, Duke University
The impact that Tel Quel had on the political and cultural debates of the 1960's and 1970's is inestimable. From its beginning in 1960 to its folding in 1982, many of the major poststructuralist thinkers works graced the pages of this journal that is associated with names such as Kristeva, Barthes, Foucault, Derrida, Irigaray, Girard.... Divided into three sections, Science, Literature, and Art, the current collection is an invaluable archive of some of the most important intellectual issues of the last thirty years from the most compelling thinkers of the period. Articles include, “Division of the assembly,” Tel Quel, “Toward a Semiology of Paragrams,” Julia Kristeva; “Marx and the inscription of labour,” Jean-Joseph Goux; “Freud and ‘literary creation,’” Jean-Louis Baudry; “Distance, Aspect, Origin,” Michel Foucault; “The Readability of Sade,” Marcelin Pleynet; “The Bataille Act,” Philippe Sollers; “The Subject in Process,” Julia Kristeva; “Chromatic Painting: Theorem Written Through Painting,” Marc Devade; “Heavenly Glory,” Marcelin Pleynet, “Thetic ‘Madness,’” Marcelin Pleynet, “The American Body: Notes on the New Experimental Theater,” Guy Scarpetta, “Paradis,” Philippe Sollers; “Responses: Interview with Tel Quel,” Roland Barthes
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