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Has Postcritique Run Out of Steam?

Has Postcritique Run Out of Steam? JANE GALLOP “Has Postcritique Run Out of Steam?” Let me begin by noting the tempo- ral assumptions and somewhat uncanny doublings of this question. When something “runs out of steam,” we are at the end of it; thus if we answer our title question in the affi rmative, we are about to be Post Postcritique. The assumptions behind declaring that postcritique has run out of steam are not unlike those behind declaring we are post-critique. The assumptions here are that ideas and stances have their moment and then are followed and replaced by the next moment, which is an antithesis. We might even call this an oedi- pal theory of ideas, as the new dethrones what had been reigning, usually by declaring it “out of steam” or otherwise lacking in phallic juice. The temporality of our panel title assumes that critique and its antithesis belong to different moments of literary criticism, different moments of the literary academy. With the few minutes I have here, I would like to suggest another temporality, an alternative distribution of critique and its opposite. For my purposes here, the “antithesis of critique” covers a range of prac- tices from objective, scholarly analysis to enthusiastic http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png symploke uni_neb

Has Postcritique Run Out of Steam?

symploke , Volume 28 (1) – Nov 24, 2020

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JANE GALLOP “Has Postcritique Run Out of Steam?” Let me begin by noting the tempo- ral assumptions and somewhat uncanny doublings of this question. When something “runs out of steam,” we are at the end of it; thus if we answer our title question in the affi rmative, we are about to be Post Postcritique. The assumptions behind declaring that postcritique has run out of steam are not unlike those behind declaring we are post-critique. The assumptions here are that ideas and stances have their moment and then are followed and replaced by the next moment, which is an antithesis. We might even call this an oedi- pal theory of ideas, as the new dethrones what had been reigning, usually by declaring it “out of steam” or otherwise lacking in phallic juice. The temporality of our panel title assumes that critique and its antithesis belong to different moments of literary criticism, different moments of the literary academy. With the few minutes I have here, I would like to suggest another temporality, an alternative distribution of critique and its opposite. For my purposes here, the “antithesis of critique” covers a range of prac- tices from objective, scholarly analysis to enthusiastic

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