Popular Culture Review 29.1 (Spring 2018) - Page 151

Rediscovering the Pleasure Principle: Imaginology Versus Critical Theory in Post-Trump Literary Studies By Jarret Keene Abstract: In this review, the author assesses the value of a new dismantling of poststructural theory and its ascendancy over what are supposed to be the objects of study, literary texts. Subjects discussed include the timing of the book’s release, arriving as it does at a moment when university campuses are increasingly under threat from political clashes, microaggressions, safe spaces, censorship, and sexual assault. The author compares the book with an earlier effort to undermine the distinction between high and low culture. Ultimately, Beyond Literary Studies is necessary reading for anyone entering the field of literary studies or starting out as an English graduate student or junior faculty member in a humanities department. Keywords: Poststructuralism, literary theory, Leslie Fiedler, Imaginology, Jacque Derrida, literary studies Resumen: En esta reseña, el autor evalúa el valor de desmantelar la teoría post cultural y su supremacía sobre los supuestos sujetos de estudio: los textos literarios. Los temas incluyen el tiempo de la publicación del libro, ya que llega en un momento en el que los campus de universidad están cada vez más bajo amenaza de choques políticos, micro agresiones, espacios seguros, censura y agresión sexual. El autor compara el libro con un esfuerzo previo de socavar la distinción entre la alta y la baja cultura. 151