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The Task of Cultural Critique

A bold and compelling remapping of contemporary cultural critique

In this study, Teresa L. Ebert makes a spirited, pioneering case for a new cultural critique committed to the struggles for human freedom and global equality. Demonstrating the implosion of the linguistic turn that isolates culture from historical processes, The Task of Cultural Critique maps the contours of an emerging materialist critique that contributes toward a critical social and cultural consciousness.

Through groundbreaking analyses of cultural texts, Ebert questions the contemporary Derridian dogma that asserts "the future belongs to ghosts." Events-to-come are not spectral, she contends, but the material outcome of global class struggles. Not "hauntology" but history produces cultural practices and their conflictive representations--from sexuality, war, and consumption to democracy, torture, globalization, and absolute otherness. With close readings of texts from Proust and Balzac to "Chick Lit," from Lukács, de Man, Deleuze, and Marx to Derrida, Žižek, Butler, Kollontai, and Agamben, the book opens up new directions for cultural critique today.

"A valuable and timely critique of the political bankruptcy and logical manipulations of many influential contemporary theories that continue to have a stranglehold on Truth in the academic and cultural marketplace."--Science and Society

"A stimulating, path-breaking text that stands out as both an anti-text in the arena of cultural studies and as a classic Marxist analysis of the field of cultural critique. It will explode the field."--Peter McLaren, author of Che Guevara, Paulo Freire, and the Pedagogy of Revolution

"This powerful book confirms that Teresa L. Ebert is one of the most significant Marxist theorists currently writing about the humanities."--Barbara Foley, author of Spectres of 1919: Class and Nation in the Making of the New Negro

Teresa L. Ebert is a professor of cultural theory at the University at Albany, State University of New York. Her works include Class in Culture and Ludic Feminism and After: Postmodernism, Desire, and Labor in Late Capitalism.

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