Tagged: Literary Theory

Lit rec #217: “In the discourse of today’s financial backers of research, the only credible goal is power. Scientists, technicians, and instruments are purchased not to find truth, but to augment power.” (1978)

Slender portable genius. The call for smaller narratives. THE POSTMODERN CONDITION: A REPORT ON KNOWLEDGE by Jean-Francois Lyotard



Lit rec #207: One of the Most Important and Entertaining Minds in Literary Theory (1940s)

Chronotypes and the ideology of language. Expert readings of Dostoyvesky and Rabelais. THE DIALOGIC IMAGINATION by Mikhail Bakhtin


Lit rec #206: “There is no power relation without the correlative constitution of a field of knowledge, nor any knowledge that does not presuppose and constitute at the same time power relations” (1970)

Ah, the Panopticon. Just one of those works you have to read to join in on the conversation. DISCIPLINE & PUNISH by Michel Foucault.

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Lit rec #198: One of the Most Important Theories in Modern Theater (1957).

Verfremdungseffekt aka alienation effect. One of the most influential aesthetic books in our time. BRECHT ON THEATER by Bertolt Brecht.



Lit rec #196: What is authenticity? “Even the most perfect reproduction of a work of art is lacking in one element: Its presence in time and space, its unique existence at the place where it happens to be.” (1935).

Be productive, read this essay this weekend. Groundbreaking, witty. “ART IN THE AGE OF MECHANICAL PRODUCTION” by Walter Benjamin.



Lit rec #186: First Literature Supporters Club Pick from the famed Frankfurt School (1964).

Bye-bye freedom & imagination & good conversation. Hello, post-modern capitalism. ONE-DIMENSIONAL MAN by Herbert Marcuse



Lit rec #156: One of the few theorists I read.

23 interviews w/ the seminal French post-structuralist feminist who married semiotics w/ psychoanalysis. INTERVIEWS by Julia Kristeva