The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1529 Wednesday, 19 June 2002
Date: Tuesday, 18 Jun 2002 18:12:32 -0700
Subject: Theory Questioned
There is an interesting article on Paula Moya's questioning of theory in
the 12 June *Stanford Report.* It is part profile on Moya, and those
bits may not be of interest to all, but in between the profile is an
attempt to explain theory, and Moya's rebuke of theory. The first two
paragraphs follow. If this seems of interest, you may find the full
Literary scholarship never quite recovered its poise after
deconstruction dug its heels into the academy in the late 1970s, greatly
complicating how people make sense of books.
The theory set out to show how slippery and ambiguous -- even arbitrary
-- textual meanings are. It knocked the canon off its pedestal for
closer inspection and gave more force to questions about what made the
Great Books so great. Deconstruction also provided the burgeoning fields
of feminist, queer and African American criticism with a powerful tool
for interrogating and dismantling dominant paradigms, whose parts,
unexamined for centuries, had in places become corroded by age.
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