Postmodernism

posted Nov 23, 2010, 12:00 AM by Professor Katz   [ updated Nov 23, 2010, 12:08 AM ]
Here are some of the materials I mentioned in class:

(1)  Martha Nussbaum's smashing attack on Judith Butler was published in the New Republic on 22 February 1999, and is online:
http://www.akad.se/Nussbaum.pdf .  This is a good example of how postmodernists annoy social activists.
 
(2)  Derrida's attempted defence of his friend Paul de Man (who wrote anti-semitic articles in the early 1940s) is also online.  It appeared as an article entitled (in typical Derrida annoying fashion), 'Like the Sound of the Sea Deep Within a Shell: Paul de Man's War', Critical Inquiry 14 (1988), 590-652 = http://www.jstor.org/stable/1343706
 
(3)  A very good article about Allan Bloom is Fred Matthews, ‘The Attack on “Historicism”: Allan Bloom’s Indictment of Contemporary American Historical Scholarship’, Amer.Hist.Rev., 95 (1990), 429-447 = http://www.jstor.org/stable/2163758

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