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Allen, Barry, "What It All Means." Science 285:5425 (9 July 1999), 205-06.

Review of Ian Hacking, The Social Construction of What?

Armour, Leslie, Review of The Social Construction of What?, by Ian Hacking. Library Journal (15 August 1999).

Blake, Casey, Review of The Degradation of American History, by David Harlan. Journal of American History 86:1 (June 1999)

Bonnell, Victoria E., and Lynn Hunt, Eds. Beyond the Cultural Turn: New Directions in the Study of Society and Culture. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1999. Studies on the History of Society and Culture, 34.

Papers presented at a conference held Apr. 25-27, 1996, in California.

"Nothing has generated more controversy in the social sciences than the turn toward culture, variously known as the linguistic turn, culturalism, or postmodernism. This book examines the impact of the cultural turn on two prominent social science disciplines, history and sociology, and proposes new directions in the theory and practice of historical research.

"The editors provide an introduction analyzing the origins and implications of the cultural turn and its postmodernist critiques of knowledge. Essays by leading historians and historical sociologists reflect on the uses of cultural theories and show both their promise and their limitations. The afterword by Hayden White provides an assessment of the trend toward culturalisms by one of its most influential proponents.

"Beyond the Cultural Turn offers fresh theoretical readings of the most persistent issues created by the cultural turn and provocative empirical studies focusing on diverse social practices, the uses of narrative, and body and self as critical junctures where culture and society intersect." from the University of California Press catalog

Beyond the Cultural Turn examines the impact of the turn toward culture--variously known as the linguistic turn, culturalism, or postmodernism--on two prominent social science disciplines, history and sociology, and proposes new directions in the theory and practice of historical research. The editors' introduction and ten essays by distinguished scholars offer fresh insights into the most persistent issues created by the cultural turn and by new empirical research on social practices, the uses of narrative, and the body and self as critical junctures where culture and society intersect." from the back cover of the paperback edition

Contents: Victoria E. Bonnell and Lynn Hunt, "Introduction."Part 1. Culture as Concept and Practice. William H. Sewell, Jr., "The Concept(s) of Culture"; Richard Biernacki, "Method and Metaphor after the New Cultural History." Part 2. Knowledge in the Social Sciences. Margaret C. Jacob, "Science Studies after Social Construction: The Turn Toward the Comparative and the Global"; Margaret R. Somers, "The Privitization of Citizenship: How to Unthink a Knowledge Culture." Part 3. Narrative, Discourse, and Problems of Representation. Karen Halttunen, "Cultural History and the Challenge of Narrativity"; Steven Feierman, "Colonizers, Scholars, and the Creation of Invisible Histories"; Sonya O. Rose, "Cultural Analysis and Moral Discourses: Episodes, Continuities, and Transformations." Part 4. Reconstructing the Categories of Body and Self. Caroline Bynum, "Why All the Fuss about the Body? A Medievalist's Perspective"; Jerrold Seigel, "Problematizing the Self." Hayden White, "Afterword."

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Dintenfass, Michael, "Truth's Other: Ethics, the History of the Holocaust, and Historiographical Theory after the Linguistic Turn." History and Theory (February 2000)

Domanska, Ewa, "Universal History and Postmodernism." Storia della Storiografia 35 (1999)

Duara, Prasenjit, Review of Cultural History and Postmodernity, by Mark Poster, and The Postmodern History Reader, Keith Jenkins, Ed. Journal of American History 86:2 (September 1999)

Gordon, Daniel, Review of The Killing of History, by Keith Windschuttle. History and Theory (October 1999)

Green, Anna, and Kathleen Troup The Houses of History: A Critical Reader in Twentieth-Century History and Theory New York: New York University Press, 1999.

"The Houses of History is a clear, jargon-free introduction to the major theoretical perspectives employed by twentieth-century historians. This innovative critical reader incorporates a wide range of approaches to the writing of history, giving clear accounts of twelve schools of thought ranging from empiricism to poststructuralism.

"Each chapter begins with a succinct description of the ideas integral to a particular theory. the authors then explore the insights and controversies arising from the application of this particular model. The principal contributors to the development of the school are identified, as are the major critics. the chapter concludes with a representative example from a historian writing within this framework. A short list of references gives a guide to further reading in each area." from the back cover of the paperback edition

Contents: 1. The Empiricists. 2. Marxist Historians. 3. Freud and Psychohistory. 4. The Annales. 5. Historical Sociology. 6. Quantitative History. 7. Anthropology and Ethnohistorians. 8. The Question of Narrative. 9. Oral History. 10. Gender and History. 11. Postcolonial Perspectives. 12. The Challenge of Poststructuralism/Postmodernism.

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Hacking, Ian, "Are You a Social Constructionist?" Lingua Franca (May/June 1999), 65-72.

Excerpted from The Social Construction of What?.

Hacking, Ian. The Social Construction of What? Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1999.

"In May 1999 Harvard University Press will publish Ian Hacking's new book The Social Construction of What? Hacking, University Professor at the University of Toronto, has worked in a wide number of fields from philosophy of language to philosophy of science to the behavioral sciences. In his new book, he defies the widely held belief that the "Analytic Philosophers" and the "Continental Philosophers" cannot be friends. Equally at home in the writings of W. V. Quine and Michel Foucault, Hacking is a gifted expositor of the recondite and is the chief explainer of the most abstruse realms of philosophy.

"Talk of social construction is all the rage, but it is also detested. For some people it is liberating. Mothers, for example, learn that the roles and expectations of motherhood are seldom the consequence of biological necessity but are instead "social constructions," which are not as binding as had been thought. For others, social construction work is destructive and often ignorant; nowhere is this hostility more deeply felt than by critics of social construct analyses of the natural sciences.

"There have been dozens of books and hundreds of articles with the title "The Social Construction of ..." Many fundamentally different kinds of things are said to be constructed--brotherhood, the child viewer of television, facts, gender, quarks, and reality. Ian Hacking urges us to say exactly what is supposed to be socially constructed in any situation. A person? An object? A theory? An institution? Different "what's" mean different notions of social construction.

Drawing on his background as a distinguished philosopher of science, Hacking excavates the deep issues that underlie the recent "science wars." In The Social Construction of What he offers an impartial and respectful examination of the culture wars from all sides. He ranges widely over the literature--including science, gender, and culture based work--of social construction, clarifying what constructionism is about and why it has generated so much excitement in academia. This book is up-to-the-minute and informed about an amazing array of topics. Written with generosity and gentle wit, the book is anchored in a tradition that prizes clarity more than enthusiasm, that values respect of polemics, and prefers reasoning to exhortation. It will transform the entire family of debates about social construction." from the Harvard University Press publicity release

"Lost in the raging debate over the validity of social construction is the question of what, precisely, is being constructed. Facts, gender, quarks, reality? Is it a person? An object? An idea? A theory? Each entails a different notion of social construction, Ian Hacking reminds us. The Social Construction of What? explores an array of examples to reveal the deep issues underlying contentious accounts of reality.

"Especially troublesome in this dispute is the status of the natural sciences, and this is where Hacking finds some of his most telling cases, from the conflict between biological and social approaches to mental illness to vying accounts of current research in sedimentary geology. He looks at the issue of child abuse--very much a reality, though the idea of child abuse is a social product. He also cautiously examines the ways in which advanced research on new weapons influences not the content but the form of science. In conclusion, Hacking comments on the 'culture wars' in anthropology, in particular a spat between leading ethnographers over Hawaii and Captain Cook. Written with generosity and gentle wit by one of our most distinguished philosophers of science, this wise book brings a much need measure of clarity to current arguments about the nature of knowledge." from the cover of the advance page proofs

Contents: 1. Why Ask What? 2. Too Many Metaphors. 3. What about the Natural Sciences? 4. Madness: Biological or Constructed? 5. Kind-making: The Case of Child Abuse. 6. Weapons Research. 7. Rocks. 8 The End of Captain Cook.

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Harootunian, Harry History's Disquiet: Modernity, Cultural Practice, and the Question of Everyday Life New York: Columbia University Press, forthcoming. pub date: May 2000. The Wellek Library Lectures.

"Our understanding of the culture and geopolitics of the world around us has been characterized by a partitioning between an ;inside' and an 'outside' that has succeeded in producing categories that act as boundaries. Yet even as the postmodern academic community professes awareness of the capricious nature of such barriers, scholars regularly operate within the strictures implied. Contemporary history has shown that as these barriers become ever less logical, the meaning of modernity is thrown sharply into question.

"In History's Disquiet, acclaimed historian Harry Harootunian calls attention to the boundaries that compartmentalize the world around us. In one of the first works to explore on equal footing the European and Japanese conceptions of modernity--as imagined in the writings of Georg Simmel and Walter Benjamin, as well as ethnologist Yanagita Kunio and Marxist philosopher Tosaka Jun--Harootunian seeks to expose the archaic nature of scholarly categories. In demystifying these rigid categories, he demonstrates how they can be escaped.

"As elegantly written as it is controversial, History's Disquiet is a book that will be widely read and debated in a spectrum of fields ranging from postcolonial studies to intellectual history. It is both an invitation for rethinking intellectual boundaries and an invigorating affirmation that such boundaries can indeed be broken down." from the Columbia University Press Spring 2000 catalog

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Hollinger, David A., Review of Objectivity is Not Neutrality, by Thomas L. Haskell. Journal of American History 85:4 (March 1999)

Jenkins, Keith Why History?: Ethics and Postmodernity London and New York: Routledge, 1999.

"Why History? is an introduction to the issue of history and ethics. Designed to provoke discussion, the book asks whether a knowledge and understanding of the past is necessary, and if so, why?

"Why History? suggests that the goal of 'learning lessons from the past' is actually learning lessons from stories written by historians and others. If the past as history has no foundation, can anything ethical be gained from its study?

"Why History? presents liberating challenges to history and ethics, proposing that we have reached an emancipatory moment which is well beyond 'the end of history'." from the back cover of the paperback editin

Contents: Introduction: Living in Time but Outside History; Living in Morality but Outside Ethics. Part I: On the End of Metanarratives. Introduction. 1. On Jacques Derrida. 2. On Jean Baudrillard. 3. On Jean-Francois Lyotard. Part II: On the End of 'Proper History. Introduction. 4. On Richard Evans. 5. On Hayden White. 6. On Frank Ankersmit. Part III: Beyond Histories and Ethics. Introduction. 7. On Elizabeth Deeds Ermarth. 8. On David Harlan. Conclusion: Promisings.

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Malik, Kenan, "A Dose of Constructive Criticism." The Independent (17 June 1999).

Review of The Social Construction of What?, by Ian Hacking.

Maynard, Steven, "'Respect Your Elders, Know Your Past': History and the Queer Theorists." Radical History Review 75 (Fall 1999), 56-78.

"In 'Respect Your Elders, Know Your Past,' Steven Maynard seeks to open a dialogue between queer theorists and lesbian and gay social historians. Taking up concerns expressed by the editors of RHR's 'Queer Issue,' Maynard's method, borrowed from Raymond Williams, is to suggest keywords around which a conversation may take place. His goal is to rescue history from the 'enormous condescension' with which queer theory has criticized its practitioners, and also to overcome historians' dismissal of theory as simply 'jargon.' Memory is a key issue in this debate, because so much of the historians' efforts have gone into the recovery of gay and lesbian experience, while so much of the theorists' efforts have gone into critiquing the category of 'experience.' Maynard's keywords are empoiricism, evidence, experience, materialism, Marxism, class, and queer, in addition to 'jargon' and 'history.' Along the way, he provides telling examples of some of the ways communication can be opened between queer theory and social history." from the editor's introduction

Munslow, Alun. The Routledge Companion to Historical Studies New York: Routledge, 2000. Publication date: February 2000.

"The Routledge Companion to Historical Studies provides a much needed critical introduction to the key issues, the historians and philosophers, and their concepts, ideas, and theories that have prompted the rethinking of history that has gathered pace in the 1990s. Key concepts for the new history--including class, empiricism, hermeneutics, inference, metanarrative, relativism, and teleology--are examined through the ideas of leading historians and philosophers since the eighteenth century such as Kant, Nietzsche, Croce, Collingwood, White, Foucault, and Derrida. With an introduction setting out the state of the discipline of history today and alphabetical entries on the key ideas, issues, and concepts. The Routledge Companion to Historical Studies explores the exciting challenges that history faces in the late twentieth century." from the Routledge catalog

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Scott, Joan Wallach. Gender and the Politics of History. New York: Columbia University Press, 1988. Gender and Culture series.

Includes: "Women's History"; "Gender: A Useful Category of Historical Analysis": "On Language, Gender, and Working-Class History"; "Women in The Making of the English Working Class" "Work Identities for Men and Women: The Politics of Work and Family in the Parisian Garment Trades in 1848"; "A Statistical Representation of Work: La Statistique de l'industrie a Paris, 1847-1848"; "'L'ouvriere! Mot impie, sordide ...': Women Workers in the Discourse of French Political Economy, 1840-1860"; "The Sears Case"; "American Women Historians, 1884-1984."

The revised edition (1999) includes a new preface and additional chapter, "Some More Reflections on Gender and Politics."

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Toews, John E., Review of Objectivity is Not Neutrality, by Thomas L. Haskell. History and Theory (October 1999)

Ashenden, Samantha, and David Owen Foucault contra Habermas: Recasting the Dialogue Between Genealogy and Critical Theory. Sage Publications, 1999.

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Bevir, Mark, "Foucault and Critique: Deploying Agency against Autonomy." Political Studies 47:1 (1999), 65-

Bevir, Mark, "Foucault, Power, and Institutions." Political Studies 47:2 (1999), 345-

Carrette, Jeremy R. Foucault and Religion: Spiritual Corporality and Political Spirituality New York: Routledge, 1999.

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Castellani, Brian, "Michel Foucault andSymbolic Interactionism: the Making of a New Theory of Interactionism." Studies in Symbolic Interaction 22 (1999), 247-

Chambon, Adrienne S., Allan Irving, and Laura Epstein, Eds. Reading Foucault for Social Work. New York: Columbia University Press, 1999.

"The first book length introduction to the work of Michel Foucault in the social work profession, this volume reveals how Foucault offers a relevant entry point for revisiting social work's mission, activities, and objectives. With discussions from various fields and levels of practice. Reading Foucault for Social Work includes conceptual, philosophical, and methodological considerations and a roundtable discussion with Foucault on social work. This book provides a critical reexamination of the profession's institutional arrangements and knowledge--helping us to envision alternative practicws and strategies for social change." from the back cover of the paperback edition

Contents: Adrienne S. Chambon and Allan Irving, "Introduction." Part One: Social Work in Perspective. 1. Laura Epstein, "The Culture of Social Work." 2. Allan Irving, "Waiting for Foucault: Social Work and the Multitudinous Truth(s) of Life." 3. Adrienne S. Chambon, "Foucault's Approach: Making the Familiar Visible." 4. Social Work, Social Control, and Normalization: Roundtable Discussion with Michel Foucault. Part Two: Social Work Practices and Knowledge Reconsidered. 5. Nigel Parton, "Reconfiguring Child Welfare Practices: Risk, Advanced Liberalism, and the Government of Freedom." 6. Carol-Anne O'Brien, "Contested Territory: Sexualities and Social Work." 7. Catherine E. Foote and Arthur W. Frank, "Foucault and Therapy: The Disciplining of Grief." 8. Frank T. Y. Wang, "Resistance and Old Age: The Subject Behind the American Seniors' Movement." 9. Ken Moffat, "Surveillance and Government of the Welfare Recipient." 10. John Devine, "Postmodernity, Ethnology, and Foucault." Adrienne S. Chambon and Allan Irving, "Conclusion: Issues to Look Forward to."

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Ewald, Francois, "Foucault and the Contemporary Scene." Philosophy and Criticism 25:3 (1999), 81-

Ferreira-Buckley, Linda, "Rescuing the Archives from Foucault." College English 61:5 (May 1999), 577-

Fielding, Helen, "Foucault and Merleau-Ponty." Philosophy Today 43:1 (Spring 1999), 73-

Foucault, Michel Religion and Culture. Jeremy Carrette, Ed. New York: Routledge, 1999.

"Postmodern theorist Michel Foucault is best known for his work on 'power/knowledge', and on the regulation of sexuality in modern society. Yet throughout his life, Foucault was continually concerned with Christianity, other spiritual movements and religious traditions, and the death of God, and these themes and materials scattered are throughout his many writings. Religion and Culture collects for the first time this important thinker's work on religion, religious experience, and society. Here are classic essays such as The Battle for Chastity, alongside those that have been less widely read in English or in French. Selections are arranged in three groupings: Madness, Religion and the Avant-Garde; Religions, Politics and the East; and Christianity, Sexuality and the Self: Fragments of an Unpublished Volume. Ranging from Foucault's earliest studies of madness to Confessions of the Flesh, the unpublished fourth volume of his History of Sexuality, his final thoughts on early Christianity, Religion and Culture makes Foucault's work an indispensible part of contemporary religious thought, while also making an important link between religious studies and cultural studies." From the Routledge N.Y. online catalog

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Foucault, Michel, Power. Colin Gordon, Ed. Paul Rabinow, Series Ed. New York: The New Press, forthcoming [pub date: August 1999]. Essential Works of Foucault, 1945-1984, vol. 3.

"Power, the final volume of Essential Works of Foucault, 1954-1984, draws together philosopher Michel Foucault's contributions to what he saw as the still underdeveloped practice of political analysis. It covers the domains Foucault helped to make part of the core agenda of Western political culture--medicine, psychiatry, prisons, sexuality--illuminating and expanding on the themes of The Birth of the Clinic, Discipline and Punish, and the first volume of The History of Sexuality.

"Including important later writings, Power highlights Foucault's revolutionary analysis of the politics of personal conduct and freedom. It also documents Foucault's wide-ranging involvements through lectures, articles, and interviews published throughout the world, many unavailable in English until now." from the New Press catalog

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Gillett, Grant, "Dennett, Foucault, and the Selection of Memes." Inquiry (Oslo) 42:1 (March 1999), 3-

Hollinshead, Keith, "Surveillance of the Worlds of Tourism: Foucault and the Eye-of-power." Tourism Management 20:1 (Febreuary 1999), 7-

Huijer, Marli, "The Aesthetics of Existence in the Work of Michel Foucault." Philosophy and Social Criticism 25:2( 1999), 61-

Kendall, Gavin, and Gary Wickham Using Foucault's Methods Sage Publications, 1999. Introducing Qualitative Methods.

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Koh, Jae-Kyung, D. H. Lawrence, and Michel Foucualt, "A Poetics of Historical Vision." Neophilologus 83:2 (April 1999), 169-

Marsden, Richard The Nature of Capital: Marx After Foucault New York: Routledge, 1999. Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought, 20.

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Merry, Sally Engle, "Pluralizing Paradigms: from Gluckman to Foucault." Polar 22:1 (May 1999), 115-

Neubauer, John, Ed. Cultural History After Foucault Walter de Gruyter, 1999.

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Olssen, Mark. Michel Foucault: Materialism and Education. Westport, CT: Bergin and Garvey, 1999. Critical Studies in Education and Culture.

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Racevskis, Karlis, Ed. Critical Essays on Michel Foucault G. K. Hall, 1999. Critical Essays on World Literature.

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Robinson, Keith, "The Foucault/Deleuze Conjuction." Philosophy Today 43:1 (Spring 1999), 57-

Rose, Nikolas S. Powers of Freedom: Reframing Political Thought Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999.

"This book presents an impressive synthesis of an important and influential school of thought, derived from Foucault's writings on governmentality, which extends into new and challenging domains. Nikolas Rose ranges across the many fields on which governmentality theory has been brought to bear, including expertise, culture and government, economic management, psychology, and community. Unusually, he suggests that freedom is not the opposite of government but one of its key inventions and most significant resources. His book will serve as an intelligent introduction to governmentality for students and scholars alike." from the Cambridge online catalog

Contents: Introduction: Reframing Political Thought. 1. Governing. 2. Freedom. 3. The Social. 4. Advanced Liberalism. 5. Community. 6. Numbers. 7. Control. Conclusion: Beyond Government.

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Rosemann, Philipp W. The Scholastic Episteme: Understanding Medieval Thought with Foucault New York: St. Martin's Press, 1999. The New Middle Ages.

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Smith, Dennis, "The Civilizing Process and The History of Sexuality: Comparing Norbert Elias and Michel Foucault." Theory and Society 28:1 (February 1999), 79-

Spargo, Tamsin Foucault and Queer Theory Cambridge: Icon, 1999. New York: Totem, 1999. Postmodern Encounters.

"Michel Foucault is the most gossiped-about celebrity of French poststructuralist theory. The homophobic inslult 'queer' is now proudly reclaimed by some who once called themselves lesbian or gay. What is the connections between the two?

"This is a postmodern encounter between Foucault's theories of sexuality, power and discourse and the current key exponents of queer thinking who have adopted, revised and criticised Foucault. Our understanding of gender, identity, sexaulity and cultural politics will be radically altered in this meeting of transgressive figures.

"Foucault and Queer Theory excels as a brief introduction to Foucault's compelling ideas and the development of queer culture with its own outspoken views of heteronormativity, sado-mascochism, performativity, transgender, the end of gender, liberation-versus-difference, late capitalism and the mpact of AIDS on theories and practices." from the back cover

Winnubst, Shannon, "Exceeding Hegel and Lacan: Different Fields of Pleasure within Foucault and Irigary." Hypatia 14:1 (Winter 1999), 13-

Coundouriotis, Eleni Claiming History: Colonialism, Ethnography, and the Novel. New York: Columbia University Press, 1999.

"By looking at African novels--written in both French and English--of the colonial and postcolonial periods, Claiming History places African literature in its proper context within the field of postcolonial studies and illustrates how historical narration not only 'answers back' to Europe's colonialist legacy, but also serves as a complex form of dissent among Africans themselves. Exploring the dialogue between literature and history, Coundouriotis gives voice to African novelists' defiance of colonialism and nationalist ideology, adding significantly to our understanding of a body of work that has long been ignored and misunderstood." from the back cover fo the paperback edition

Contents: Introduction, 1. The Traditional Cultures of Rene Maran and Chinua Achebe. 2. History, Human Sacrifices, and the Victorian Travelers to Dahomey. 3. Contesting Authenticity: Paul Hazoume, Ethnography, and Negritude. 4. Resistant History in Paul Hazoume's Doguicini. 5. History as Transgression in Le Devoir de violence. 6. Temporality and the Geographies of the Nation: "The Future Present" in The Famished Road". Afterword.

Day, Gary, "Muffling the Voice of the Other." Times Higher Education Supplement (6 August 1999), 23.

Review of A Critique of Postcolonial Reason: Toward a History of the Vanishing Present, by Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak.

Spivak, Gayatri Chakravorty. A Critique of Postcolonial Reason: Toward a History of the Vanishing Present. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1999.

"Are the 'culture wars' over? When did they begin? What is their relationship to gender struggle and the dynamics of class? In her first full treatment of postcolonial studies, a field that she helped define, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, one of the world's foremost literary theorists, poses these questions from withing the postcolonial enclave.

"'We cannot merely continue to act out the part of Caliban,' Spivak writes; and her book is an attempt to understand and describe a more responsible role for the postcolonial critic. A Critique of Postcolonial Reason tracks the figure of the 'native informant' through various cultural practices--philosophy, history, literature--to suggest that it emerges as the metropolitan hybrid. The book addresses feminists, philosophers, critics, and interventionist intellectuals, as they unite and divide. It ranges from Kant's notion of a Third World interloper as the pure victim of a colonialist oppressor emerges as sharply suspect: the mud we sling at certain seemingly overbearing ancestors such as Marx and Kant may be the very ground we stand on.

"A major critical work, Spivak's book redefines and repositions the postcolonial critic, leading her through transnational cultural studies into considerations of globality." from the Harvard University Press online catalog

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Wallace, Jennifer, "Deconstructing Gayatri." Times Higher Education Supplement (30 July 1999), 20.

Abstract: "Can Gayatri Spivak's 'pretentiously opaque' writing make a difference in the real world? Jennifer Wallace talks to an academic who has eaten mice and snakes in rural India."

Robinson, Dave Nietzsche and Postmodernism Cambridge: Icon, 1999. New York: Totem, 1999. Postmodern Encounters.

"Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) has exerted a huge influence on 20th century philosophy and literature--an influence that looks set to continue into the 21st century. Nietzsche questioned what it means for us to live in our modern world. He was an 'anti-philosopher' who expressed grave reservations about the reliability and extent of human knowledge. His radical scepticism disturbs our deepest-held beliefs and values. For these reasons, Nietzsche casts a 'long shadow' on the complex cultural and philosophical phenomenon we now call 'postmodernism'.

"Nietzsche and Postmodernism explains the key ideas of this 'Anit-Christ' philosopher. It then provides a clear account of the central themes of postmodernist thought exemplified by such thinkers as Derrida, Foucault, Lyotard and Rorty, and concludes by asking if Nietzsche can justifiably be called the first great postmodernist." from the back cover of the paperback edition

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