Reframing Critical, Literary, and Cultural Theories

Thought on the Edge

  • Nicoletta Pireddu

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Theoretical Indisciplinarities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 37-37
    2. Patrick Colm Hogan
      Pages 91-118
    3. Alexandre Gefen
      Pages 119-135
    4. Sébastien Doubinsky
      Pages 137-157
  3. Unruly Rereadings

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 159-159
    2. Peter Y. Paik
      Pages 161-182
    3. Sandra M. Gustafson
      Pages 211-233
  4. Critical Resettlements

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 255-255
    2. Rukmini Bhaya Nair
      Pages 299-325
    3. Didier Coste
      Pages 327-352
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 353-358

About this book


This book participates in the ongoing debate about the alleged “death of theory” and the current post-theoretical condition, arguing that the “finitude” of theoretical projects does not mean “end”, but rather contingency and transformation of thinking, beyond irreconcilable doctrines. Contributors from different cultural and scholarly backgrounds and based in three different continents propose new areas of investigation and interpretive possibilities, reopening dialogues with past and present discourses from a plurality of perspectives and locations. After a first section that reassesses the status and scopes of critique, theory, and literature, the book foregrounds new or neglected critical vocabulary, literary paradigms, and narrative patterns to reread texts at the intersection with other branches of the humanities—history, philosophy, religion, and pedagogy. It then explores geopolitical, cultural, and epistemological domains that have been historically and ideologically overdetermined (such as postsocialist, postcolonial, and cosmopolitan spaces), recodifying them as unstable sites of both conflicts and convergences. By acknowledging the spatio-temporal and cultural delimitations of any intellectual practice, the book creates awareness of our own partiality and incompleteness, but treats boundaries as zones of contact, exchange, and conceptual mobility that promote crossings and connections.


Theoretical Bricolage Cultural Theory Literary Theory Critical Theory Transcultural Perspectives

Editors and affiliations

  • Nicoletta Pireddu
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ItalianGeorgetown UniversityWashingtonUSA

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