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An American Institution

Gregory Jones-Katz


Gregory Jones-Katz

Publication supported by the Bevington Fund

352 pages | 21 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2021
Paper $32.50 ISBN: 9780226536057 Will Publish August 2021
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9780226535869 Will Publish August 2021
E-book $31.99 ISBN: 9780226536194 Will Publish August 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.


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

Chapter Two
Evolution by Subversion: Vanguard Critics and Protodeconstruction

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

Chapter Four
Feminist Cultural Politics: The Brides of Deconstruction and Criticism

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

Epilogue: Don’t Dream It’s Over


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