Popular Culture Review 29.1 (Spring 2018) - Page 153

all this, an over-conceptualized, Derrida-driven approach to Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Purloined Letter” seems a minor crisis in a world completely and irrevocably deconstructed by President Trump. Putting aside its timing, Beyond Literary Studies is required reading for graduate students and first-year assistant professors in English about to plunge into what Savoye labels a “theorize or agonize” landscape. In a series of brisk yet thorough chapters, he breaks down the many obvious and unspoken sins festering within the current academic publishing bubble: confusing the object of study with the study itself, inexpertly borrowing conceptual tools from other fields of study, using a scholarly tone to indulge in one’s personal feelings or experiences and calling it “discourse,” just to name a few. Because he wrestles with poststructuralism head-on, unlike better-known theory-basher Camille Paglia, who recoils from French crit, he hits hard. And as far as harangues go, much of this is gratifying, as when he lays into theory’s intentional impenetrability: Since no one can really understand exactly what Lacan and Derrida are saying, their words have acquired the metaphysical connotations of religious formulas and are quoted accordingly. What we used to understand as literary interpretation often resembles the exegesis of obsc \H[ݛ]]Hܚ]X[^[X[][™HHܙX][\ˈ JB\K]\Hٝ[]YHYHܝ\Y[X[[^H[[[ܞHܚ]\]YH\و\Yx&\™\\\H]Y[ݙ[H\H\H\YܙHۙ۝YH\[HܛX[]XB]\\[Y[HY][ۘ[YXX[[وB[X[\^H]]\[\Z[\]H[X[]\\[\š[H^[\[]\Y[[[ۘ[]K LB[ []YHY[ۜXH][\[[›و]H[X][H[X]]\\HؚXوYK\X\]Y[XHۈH[و[[ۙH\\˜X]H]\Hو[\\\Y[ˈ[ Y\[[\\[ŠY\[H^][ۘ[ H\Y\و[YY[][ۜHXٙ\˜\[Y[ۈZ[و[XY[H]\[[N8'BXYX]Hو]\]\HH][ۈ\\\وܚ][œ\Y\[]\X]HܙX]H[[XY[\H\[[[Y[[ۋH[][ۜ\\X[]H\[\X [\Z[[\[ZX˸'H[YY ]YH[X\\H[]Z]\&\ܝوYX\›Y][^YH\[\Y[\[YH]œXX\[\X\Hܙ[ؚX [\]]܈\Y[Yܙ]8&\ NM Hݙ[YK܈^[\JKHٙ\]\[Y\]x%YHZY^HYܙ\]x%Y]وYH ۝^X[[[\\[]]H[\\H]\[X]X\X\X[H[YXܛ]\[ܚK]\[K\\[[ܞH[]\\š[\XX[[Z[H[\\Έ8']]HY]\H[ܙ]X[ML