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summary Postmodern Pooh (Rethinking Theory), series Postmodern Pooh (Rethinking Theory), book Postmodern Pooh (Rethinking Theory), pdf Postmodern Pooh (Rethinking Theory), Postmodern Pooh (Rethinking Theory) 132ae30746 A Sequel Of Sorts To The Classic And Bestselling Sendup Of Literary Criticism, The Pooh Perplex Thirty Seven Years Ago, A Slim Parody Of Academic Literary Criticism Called The Pooh Perplex Became A Surprise Bestseller Now Frederick Crews Has Written A Hilarious New Satire In The Same Vein Purporting To Be The Proceedings Of A Forum On Pooh Convened At The Modern Language Association S Annual Convention, Postmodern Pooh Brilliantly Parodies The Academic Fads And Figures That Hold Sway At The Millennium Deconstruction, Poststructuralist Marxism, New Historicism, Radical Feminism, Cultural Studies, Recovered Memory Theory, And Postcolonialism, Among Other Methods, Take Their Shots At The Poor Teddy Bear And Crews Takes His Shots At Them The Fun Lies In Seeing Just How Much Adulteration Pooh Can Stand


10 thoughts on “Postmodern Pooh (Rethinking Theory)

  1. says:

    In 1963, when grandiose critical theories like Marxism, Freudianism, and New Criticism ruled the English departments of the land, academic Frederick C Crews published a little chapbook called THE POOH PERPLEX Mind you, it was not a satire in fiction form on academic life like LUCKY JIM or MOO, but a kind of parody Festschrift in casebook form, dedicated to the memory and hyper aggrandizement of the original Silly Old Bear, Winnie the Pooh, and told in satirical takes by representative fictional scholars of the day Not one to rush the success of the original book, Crews waited thirty eight years, til 2001, before critical fads and fashions had changed enough to permit this second send up POSTMODERN POOH is another triumph this time, addresses given at a hypothetical MLA meeting, this time mired in early 21st Century academia whose pet theories and all the tedious bargle of conceptual vocabulary included Radical Feminism, New Historicism, Deconstruction, Recovered Memory Theory and the like That s Modern Language Association, though most of you probably know it Just as before, the contemporary academics wrap themselves in dogma and strut their stuff, as blithely oblivious to the real world as the generation of scholars before it Chapter Four, for example, is entitled Just Lack a Woman, written by one Sisela Catheter, who quickly avers that her Gynocritical Discourse isn t just any literary theory I t partakes of a much wider project the rescue of Earth itself from the gender that has brought it to the brink of catastrophe Not to be outdone, yesterday s academic Wunderkind Victor Fassell historically, if incomprehensibly, relates the publication of the first Pooh book in 1925 to a meeting of Seventh Day Adventists, the later abdication of Edward VIII from the throne of England and the fact that Winston Churchill was, like Pooh, a kind of bear himself As with any satire, it is imperative to know what is being satirized, but POSTMODERN POOH should appeal to anyone who has wondered over the profusion of literary theories that become discredited, only to be replaced by revamped versions of themselves Or, for that matter, the tendency on the part of some postmodern scholars to work gender, political and environmental concerns into texts that bear no trace of those things In such cases this book will provoke smiles here, if not a succession of belly laughs Surely even Pooh himself would have enjoyed a chuckle or two in cases he did not understand at all


  2. says:

    Full disclosure As far as Winnie the Pooh is concerned, I m in Dorothy Parker s camp I think it s nauseatingly cutesy dreck that condescends to children But that s neither here nor there, because the target in Postmodern Pooh is not Pooh In this sequel to his earlier book, The Pooh Perplex , Crews instead takes aim at various current fads in academic literary criticism, using Pooh as a vehicle This is a bit like shooting fish in a barrel, but the results are hilarious The book purports to be the proceedings of a forum on Winnie the Pooh at the Modern Language Association s annual convention Crews takes devastating aim at the whole bunch, including, but not limited to DeconstructionismPoststructuralist MarxismRadical Feminism gynocritical theory New HistoricismPostcolonialismSociobiological AnalysisQueerCultStudLitCritthe Woolf wrote Milne school As for the reader , spare me The term elides difference, attempts to inscribe on a bubbling bouillabaisse of potentialities one model of a stolid, passive, tabula rasa receptor Grant yourself a reader and you automatically become a writer worse, a communicator with a plain message that the reader will supposedly open like some ersatz telegram announcing that he has been declared a finalist in the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes As you ve seen, the Colonized Unconscious has already had its way with both Pooh and Milne, turning their backbones to Yorkshire pudding The book will probably be funniest or most tragic to academics who actually have to navigate the sordid back alleys of lit crit to ensure their professional survival But there is plenty to amuse the general reader as well.


  3. says:

    Brilliant, often funny, and occasionally hilarious, fictional non fiction satirizing many of the academic trends in analysis of literature When people review books, the reviews often say as much, or , about themselves That s fine if you are don t act like your interpretation of a text is the only possible one But that, of course, is what some academics do Making provocative statements is one way to get noticed and promote yourself.It is unsurprising that Crews knows all about the different styles and trends of textual analysis and personalities of academics What is surprising is that this guy, who has published very little fiction, can write such good satires The fictional authors of the pieces here, supposedly articles presented in an academic conference, come alive as real characters, all seeing totally different things in the text and talking past, rather than with, each other Das Nuff Dat sees a story of colonialism, Dolores Malatesta, who in her real life sent her father to prison for sexual abuse that he is still struggling to remember having committed, sees evidence of ritual satanic abuse, and so on with the other authors.It probably helps if you know a little about theory , and academia Maybe it helps to have read any of the Pooh books Disclaimer, I have not But if you have ever met any pompous ass in any context, and of course you have, then you can enjoy seeing these ones get roasted.While Crews is a big critic of Freud you won t see much mention of penis envy or Oedipus complex here That was skewered already in The Pooh Perplex But 35 years or so later there was plenty of new material to mock in the field of Pooh Studies.Trigger warning Contains Poo h jokes The most laugh out loud funny chapter for me was from the author obsessed with Pooh s innards Could rabbit have gotten Pooh unstuck through judicious use of an enema Or does Pooh even poo


  4. says:

    A brilliant sequel to Crews The Pooh Perplex, this book is a compilation of Crews essays spoofing the postmodern, deconstructionist literary criticism that has shanghaied, hogtied, and stuffed shop rags into the mouth of the MLA If I d read the Perplex in grad school, I would have understood all my classes better If I d read Postmodern before starting an unfinished PhD program, I wouldn t have been so confused after being away from academia for eight years and might not have bothered Not all professors had been infected with postmodernism, but when I asked one of them to explain something to me, he leered, You d like that, wouldn t you Mwahahahaha Crews explains it.By the way, Crews was not able to use the sketches from Winnie the Pooh for this book as he had for The Pooh Perplex Someone had discovered licensing of children s icons and wouldn t allow free fair use again, though The Pooh Perplex had been a big success.


  5. says:

    2.5 starsMaybe I just hold Winnie the Pooh too dearly, but I couldn t completely enjoy the things that were written in this book I do see the satire of it, and the mocking of various literary theories and how the theorists take themselves too seriously and sometimes try too hard to find evidence to back up their theories one thing I hated about analytical English classes , but it just hurt my heart to read some of the things that were written about Winnie the Pooh and the Winnie the Pooh books.


  6. says:

    I gave this three stars because I couldn t give it five I wanted to give it five because it s HILARIOUS It s basically a satirical recounting of a fictional postmodern literary critique conference on the subject of Winnie the Pooh Each scholar takes Pooh for his her own personal spin in order to denounce the decline of the gentleman, or expose Piglet s hidden abuse, or lament the cause of woman The book takes all the theories of the postmodern literary field and airs them for the world to see them for they really are Absurdities.However, I can t give it five stars because I don t want any of my conservative friends to unwittingly pick it up and be shocked at me If you haven t caught on by cultural osmosis, a lot and I mean A LOT of postmodern literary theory is obsessed with sex Frederick Crews in his satire makes frequent use of this, and there are things in the book that are a pretty sketchy So, it s funny, but consider yourself warned.


  7. says:

    This book is the perfect summary of why I didn t go into graduate school for literature If you think that the parody essays exemplifying different theoretical approaches in this book are over the top and unrealistic, just go look at the listing of presentation and paper titles for the Modern Language Association those are even scarier I keep this one around as a good reminder that us academic types should refrain from taking ourselves too seriously It s a dangerous temptation to start thinking in terms of buzzwards from postructuralism to neomarxism down that path madness lies.


  8. says:

    Merciless satire of deconstruction, New Historicism and Stephen Greenblatt, Marxist literary criticism, radical militant feminism and gynocritics, Harold Bloom, postcolonialism, biopoetics and memetics, repressed memories and the satanic ritual abuse hysteria, cultural studies, Roger Kimball, and Stanley Fish Brilliant, if not always very funny, when you know how depressing the reality behind these things really is Still, should be required reading for all students in and of the humanities.


  9. says:

    very clever and very annoying synced up really well with my writing a ton of meaningless papers at the moment


  10. says:

    For some reason I thought that retired professors of literature couldn t be laugh out loud funny How wrong I was.Crews sends up literary critical fashions and persons Stephen Greenblatt and Harold Bloom are very thinly, or, in the latter case, very fatly, diguised as he assembles the papers from an academic conference on Pooh Deconstruction, New Historicism, Marxism, Feminism, Post Colonialism, Biopoetics, Queer Theory and a few I m not sure how to label He throws in a recovered memory agitator one of his pet peeves in proper real life, as opposed to lit crit real life and an old school liberal critic, too He does a fairly good job of imitating the voices of eleven different scholars, but a very good job of inhabiting their critical styles, procedures, ticks, jargon, flourishes, etc He even sends up himself in the Preface coming across as much doddery and less pugnacious than he does in his straight essays, a few of which I have recently glanced at , though with a certain faux naivete, archness and hint of resentment that does raise the question of how fictional that particular Frederick Crews is.Beyond the silliness of the names, wordplays, stereotypes and general mockery from Crews is some serious stuff interpretations and readings of Pooh often hilarious in their ingenuity , and actual quotations from publications in the fields of literary and cultural studies adduced in support of or consonant with, or by the by, or as gospel, as is the fashion in such writing what said scholar is saying about Pooh Truth is often stranger than fiction And though satire and lampoonery often requires it, Crews has barely exaggerated the bizarreness and hubris of the writings of these critical and Theory driven schools, as the quotations and footnotes attest He really does make these readings work, too, so I found myself occasionally nodding along as well as chuckling Literary critical fashions don t only produce nonsense, after all do they


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