Anecdote and theory have diametrically opposed contations: humorous versus serious, specific versus general, trivial versus overarching, short versus grand. Anecdotal Theory cuts through these oppositions to produce theory with a sense of humor, theorizing which hors the uncanny detail of lived experience. Challenging academic business as usual, rewned literary scholar Jane Gallop argues that all theory is bound up with stories and urges theorists to pay attention to the trivial, quotidian narratives that theory all too often represses. In this series of essays published during the 1990s, Gallop addresses many of the major questions of feminist theory. Collected here, these essays are united through a common methodological engagement - writing that recounts a personal anecdote and then attempts to read that anecdote for the theoretical insights it affords. The essays regularly revisit t only '70s feminism, but also poststructuralism and the academy. For, as Gallop explains, the practice of anecdotal theory derives from the lineages of psychoanalysis, deconstruction, and feminism. Whether addressing issues of pedagogy, the sexual position one occupies when on the academic job-market, bad-girl feminists, or the tion of sisterhood, these essays exemplify theory connected to the real, theory grappling with its own erotics. They are bold, illuminating, and - dare we say - fun.
Jane Gallop is Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. She is the author of numerous books including Around 1981: Academic Feminist Literary Theory, Thinking through the Body, and Feminist Accused of Sexual Harassment, published by Duke University Press.