Strategies for Theory: From Marx to Madonna

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R. L. Rutsky, Bradley J. Macdonald
SUNY Press, Jun 5, 2003 - Social Science - 283 pages
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Interdisciplinary in scope and often provocative in their choice of materials, the essays in this volume present new strategies for theorizing culture and politics. Not content simply to apply theory to political and cultural objects, they instead treat all three as complex, interconnected, and constantly evolving areas of inquiry. Drawn from the innovative work originally published in Strategies: Journal of Theory, Culture and Politics, the essays collected here explore a variety of topics, ranging from considerations of Marx, Foucault, Jameson, and Rorty to investigations of Madonna, Pasolini, pornography, and vampires. Lively and inventive, Strategies for Theory goes beyond conventional cultural studies and cultural politics in order to suggest new approaches to both.

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Contents

Marxs Political Economy
23
Post Responsibilities
39
Contents
49
An Interview with Ernesto Laclau
57
Reading Jameson Mapping Space
75
Foucaults Fallacy
95
The Politics of Postmetaphysics
115
All the Stupid Sex Stuff
159
The Object of Pornography
187
Pasolinis Cinema Inpopulare
225
Or How to Take Better Aim
249
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R. L. Rutsky teaches film and media studies at the University of California at Irvine and is the author of High Techneμ: Art and Technology from the Machine Aesthetic to the Posthuman.

Bradley J. Macdonald teaches political theory at Colorado State University and is the author of William Morris and the Aesthetic Constitution of Politics.

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