This book links together an encyclopedic array of contemporary theoretical arguments and discourses by isolating what each of them has to say about the issue of order and disorder. It then applies that particular abstract argument to the analysis of a literary work, and this application demonstrates the utility and importance of the abstract claim and often results in unpredictable and provocative comments about the works. The issue of order and disorder generalizes the more narrow deconstructive concept of undecidability or ‘play’ and focuses the vague relations between power and resistance described by Foucault.
Joseph P Natoli is a retired college professor and author of numerous books on culture and politics.
He is a member of the editorial collective of BAD SUBJECTS, the oldest political online magazine on the web.
He writes regularly for a number of political and pop culture online magazines, including SENSES OF CINEMA, BRIGHT LIGHTS FILM JOURNAL, POPMATTERS, AMERICANA, DANDELION SALAD, GODOT, TRUTHOUT
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