Paper $32.50 ISBN: 9780226536057 Will Publish May 2021
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9780226535869 Will Publish May 2021
E-book $32.50 Available for pre-order. ISBN: 9780226536194 Will Publish May 2021

Deconstruction

An American Institution

Gregory Jones-Katz

Deconstruction

Gregory Jones-Katz

Publication supported by the Bevington Fund

352 pages | 21 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2021
Paper $32.50 ISBN: 9780226536057 Will Publish May 2021
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9780226535869 Will Publish May 2021
E-book $32.50 ISBN: 9780226536194 Will Publish May 2021
The basic story of the rise, reign, and fall of deconstruction as a literary and philosophical groundswell is well known among scholars. In this intellectual history, Gregory Jones-Katz aims to transform the broader understanding of a movement that has been frequently misunderstood, mischaracterized, and left for dead—even as its principles and influence transformed literary studies and a host of other fields in the humanities.

Deconstruction begins well before Jacques Derrida’s initial American presentation of his deconstructive work in a famed lecture at Johns Hopkins University in 1966 and continues through several decades of theoretic growth and tumult. While much of the subsequent story remains focused, inevitably, on Yale University and the personalities and curriculum that came to be lumped under the “Yale school” umbrella, Deconstruction makes clear how crucial feminism, queer theory, and gender studies also were to the lifeblood of this mode of thought. Ultimately, Jones-Katz shows that deconstruction in the United States—so often caricatured as a French infection—was truly an American phenomenon, rooted in our preexisting political and intellectual tensions, that eventually came to influence unexpected corners of scholarship, politics, and culture.
 
Contents
Introduction

Chapter 1. A Crisis in Undergraduate Literary Education at Yale: Lit X and the Literature Major

Chapter 2. Evolution by Subversion: Vanguard Critics and Protodeconstruction

Chapter 3. Deconstruction as a Pedagogical-Intellectual Project and the Burdens of Academic Criticism

Chapter 4. The Brides of Deconstruction and Criticism: Feminist Cultural Politics 

Chapter 5. Speaking in Tongues: The de Man Affair and History with(out) Rhetoric

Epilogue: Don’t Dream It’s Over

Acknowledgments

Notes

Index
For more information, or to order this book, please visit https://press.uchicago.edu
Google preview here

Chicago Manual of Style

Keep Informed

JOURNALs