A good bit of Anti-Oedipal lit

From Elizabeth Gumport’s review of Chris Kraus’s Where Art Belongs, in the current issue of n+1–which, beyond discussing the book, is an essay about female intellectuals, the post-’68 Academy, and postmodernism; I recommend it to all the feminist reading groups out there (pairs nicely with Kristeva):

“Lotringer has famously called French theory an ‘American invention.’  At the least, it was a collaborative effort. French soixante-huitard theorists, prone to futurism, prediction, and occasional grandiose exaggeration, wound up telling the truth about what it felt like to live in hypercapitalist, postindustrial America, which embodied–and responded to–their ideas with more enthusiasm than France ever would. To American literary people (and university literature departments), theory felt vital in a way that novels no longer did. It was the inheritor of modernism’s ‘many-sided ambitiousness,’ as Terry Eagleton put it–a certain capacious, cosmopolitan dissidence, a restless spirit that could not be satisfied or expressed in any of the old ways.”

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