Theory for Classics: A Student's Guide

Theory for Classics: A Student's Guide

Louise Hitchcock

Language: English

Pages: 232

ISBN: 0415454980

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

This student's guide is a clear and concise handbook to the key connections between Classical Studies and critical theory in the twentieth century. Louise Hitchcock looks at the way Classics has been engaged across a number of disciplines. 

Beginning with four foundational figures – Freud, Marx, Nietzshe and Saussure – Hitchcock goes on to provide guided introductions of the major theoretical thinkers of the past century, from Adorno to Williams. Each entry offers biographical, theoretical and bibliographical information along with a discussion of each figure's relevance to Classical Studies and suggestions for future research. 

Theory for Classics, adapted from Theory for Religious Studies, by William E. Deal and Timothy K. Beal, is a brisk, thoughtful, provocative, and engaging title, which will be an essential first volume for anyone interested in the intersection between theory and classical studies today.






















postmodern is also characteristic of the challenges facing today’s discipline of classics and the study of classical civilizations, particularly in an age 78 The Theorists of falling enrollments and the need to justify our value to university bureaucracies. The problem remains, however, especially now that central aspects of Baudrillard’s theories have materialized in our global village of simulacra, of how to conceptualize the historical event that interrupts the transmission of simulacra.

agency … self-criticism”), i.e., rational thought, reason, or one’s conscience (“The Uncanny,” p. 211). The site of conflict, tension, and negotiation is the ego (das Ich). It is the dynamic tension or play between these forces that distorts or disguises unconscious desire. The task of the analyst is to locate these compromise formations and decipher them. Freud writes that: almost everywhere there can be found striking omissions, disturbing repetitions, palpable contradictions, signs of things

schizoanalysis body without organs deterritoralization desiring machines concepts Gilles Deleuze (1925–95) was born in France in 1925 and, after a long and chronic battle with cancer, committed suicide in November 1995. He studied at the Sorbonne under Georges Canguilhem and Jean Hyppolite. He proceeded to teach philosophy at the Sorbonne, the University of Lyon, and, at the invitation of Michel Foucault, at the experimental University of Paris VIII at Vincennes. He retired in 1987. Deleuze was

centralized, fascism of reason––a “state philosophy” that inhibits becoming. Their critique of institutional psychoanalysis as well as their simultaneous creation of a postFreudian materialism is accomplished with the concept of schizoanalysis. Schizoanalysis is a rhizomatic alternative to the arborescent thinking of psychoanalysis. In their schizoanalytic polemic against Freud (and by extension Lacan), they refute his negative notion of desire as lack, which the founder of psychoanalysis

and interpretation. Derrida’s famous discussion of the frame (parergon, that which is extrinsic to the work, what is by-the-work) is an extension of his thinking on the “hinge” between speech and writing, philosophy and literature. This hinge [brisure] of language as writing, this discontinuity ... marks the impossibility that a sign, the unity of a signifier and a signified, be produced within the plenitude of a present and an absolute presence ... Before thinking to reduce it or to restore the

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