The Tel Quel Reader (1998)

25 April 2018, dusan

“The work of the French literary review, intellectual grouping and publishing team Tel Quel had a profound impact on the formation of literary and cultural debate in the 1960s and 70s. Its legacy has had enormous influence on the parameters of such debate today. From its beginning in 1960 to its closure in 1982, it published some of the earliest work of Jacques Derrida, Julia Kristeva, Michel Foucault and Roland Barthes. It was also associated with some of the key ideas of the French avant-garde, publishing key articles by Georges Bataille and Antonin Artaud.

The Tel Quel Reader presents for the first time in English the key essays written by the Tel Quel group. Essays by Julia Kristeva, one of the review’s editor’s Michel Foucault, and a fascinating interview with Roland Barthes are here made available for the first time in English. It provides a unique insight into the post-structuralist movement and presents some of the pioneering essays on literature and culture, film, semiotics and psychoanalysis.”

Edited by Patrick French and Roland-François Lack
Publisher Routledge, London & New York, 1998
ISBN 0415157137, 9780415157131
ix+278 pages


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Alan Sokal, Jean Bricmont: Intellectual Impostures: Postmodern Philosophers’ Abuse of Science (1997–) [FR, EN, ES, IT, RU, TR, PL]

22 September 2013, dusan

When Intellectual Impostures was published in France, it sent shock waves through the Left Bank establishment. When it was published in Britain, it provoked vicious debate. Sokal and Bricmont examine the canon of French postmodernists – Lacan, Kristeva, Baudrillard, Irigaray, Latour, Virilio, Deleuze and Guattari – and systematically expose their abuse of science.

French edition
Publisher Odile Jacob, Paris, 1997
413 pages

English edition
Publisher Profile Books, 1998
ISBN 1861970749, 9781861970749
274 pages

Wikipedia (EN)

Impostures intellectuelles (French, 2nd Edition, 1997, DJVU)
Intellectual Impostures (English, 1998/99, EPUB), MOBI.
Fashionable Nonsense (English, 1998)
Imposturas intelectuales (Spanish, trans. Joan Caries Guix Vilaplana, 1999)
Imposture intellettuali (Italian, trans. Fabio Acerbi and Monica Ugaglia, 1999, added on 2014-10-24)
Интеллектуальные уловки. Критика современной философии постмодерна (Russian, 2002), HTML
Son moda saçmalıklar: Postmodern aydınların bilimi kötüye kullanmaları (Turkish, trans. Mehmet Baydur and Ongun Onaran, 2002)
Modne bzdury: O nadużywaniu pojęć z zakresu nauk ścisłych przez postmodernistycznych intelektualistów (Polish, trans. Piotr Amsterdamski, 2004)

See also:
Mara Beller, “The Sokal Hoax: At Whom Are We Laughing?” (published in Physics Today, September 1998, pp 29-34)

Theory, Culture & Society 29(4-5): Topologies of Culture (2012)

4 February 2013, dusan

“In social and cultural theory, topology has been used to articulate changes in structures and spaces of power. In this introduction, we argue that culture itself is becoming topological. In particular, this ‘becoming topological’ can be identified in the significance of a new order of spatio-temporal continuity for forms of economic, political and cultural life today. This ordering emerges, sometimes without explicit coordination, in practices of sorting, naming, numbering, comparing, listing, and calculating. We show that the effect of these practices is both to introduce new continuities into a discontinuous world by establishing equivalences or similitudes, and to make and mark discontinuities through repeated contrasts. In this multiplication of relations, topological change is established as being constant, normal and immanent, rather than being an exceptional form, which is externally produced; that is, forms of economic, political and cultural life are identified and made legible in terms of their capacities for continuous change. Outlining the contributions to this Special Issue, the introduction discusses the meaning of topological culture and provides an analytic framework through which to understand its implications.” (from the Abstract)

With contributions by Celia Lury, Luciana Parisi, and Tiziana Terranova, Peter Sloterdijk, Rob Shields, Sandro Mezzadra and Brett Neilson, Penelope Harvey, Mike Michael and Marsha Rosengarten, Evelyn Ruppert, Steven D. Brown, Luciana Parisi, Richard Rogers, Xin Wei Sha, Brian Rotman, Scott Lash, Noortje Marres, Matthew Fuller and Andrew Goffey, Julian Henriques.

Publisher Sage
ISSN 0263-2764
342 pages


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