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American philosophy and theory

Parent categories: USA - academia

Related: Autonomedia (semiotext(e)) - American literary criticism - New York intellectuals - critical theory - Academic study of pornography - deconstruction theory - Post-structuralism - queer theory - New Criticism

Unclassifiable: Ken Wilber

Art criticism: Susan Sontag - Camille Paglia - Clement Greenberg - Hal Foster - Rosalind Krauss

American modern art criticism as professed by Rosalind Krauss, Yve-Alain Bois, Denis Hollier, and Hal Foster has been much influenced by Bataille. Although I should add that it has not only been Bataille who influenced American art and literary criticism; the whole of French theory has had an enormous -- and by some much bemoaned -- influence on postmodern American theory, much like German theory was influential in post-war France.

"It's time for a recovery and a systematic reassessment of the North American thinkers whose work, arguably, would endure over time when the French and German schools have been discarded. Marshall McLuhan [Understanding Media, 1964], Leslie Fiedler [Love and Death in the American Novel, 1960], and Norman O. Brown [Life Against Death: The Psychoanalytical Meaning of History, 1959] are the triad I would substitute for the big three of French theory: Jacques Lacan, Jacques Derrida, and Michel Foucault." -- Camille Paglia in March 2000 via http://www.villagevoice.com/issues/0009/vincent.php [Jul 2006]

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