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A leading intellectual historian explores some of the reigning assumptions and imperatives of our age

A selection of Martin Jay's recent writings on contemporary thought and culture, this is a book about ideas that matter — and about why ideas matter. Borrowing from Flaubert's notion of a dictionary of "received ideas" and Raymond Williams's explorations of the "keywords" of the modern age, Jay investigates some of the central concepts by which we currently organize our thoughts and lives. His topics range from "theory" and "experience" to the meaning of "multiculturalism" and the dynamics of cultural "subversion". Among the thinkers he engages are Bataille and Foucault, Adorno and Lacoue-Labarthe, Walter Benjamin, Christa Wolf, and Jean-Francois Lyotard.

By looking closely at what "words do and perform", Jay makes us aware of the extent to which the language we use mediates and shapes our experience. By helping to distance us from much that we now take for granted, he makes it difficult for us to remain comfortably certain about what we think we know.

Elegantly written and richly insightful, this is a work of cultural criticism and intellectual analysis of the first order.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [205]-249) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781558491168
Author:
Jay, Martin
Publisher:
University of Massachusetts Press
Location:
Amherst :
Subject:
Linguistics
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Semantics
Subject:
Language and culture
Subject:
Linguistics - Semantics
Subject:
Linguistics - General
Series:
Critical Perspectives on Modern Culture
Series Volume:
al-°adad 499
Publication Date:
19980331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
280
Dimensions:
9.27x6.12x1.03 in. 1.30 lbs.

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