Since there can be literary theory without a theorist, theorizing must be taken to mean some person-theorizing or theorizing with a certain personage. This book, using Edward W. Said and Frank Lentricchia as examples, analyses the intellectual as such, as an informing personage or self-image in contemporary oppositional criticism. The literary politics this self-image helps to conceptualize is also analyzed. Focusing on the discursive, institutional, and existential situatedness of the critic-intellectual, this book explores the specific forms of tensions embedded in and constituting his oppositional criticism.
The Author: Ben Xu is assistant professor of English at Saint Mary's College in California. Born in China, he received his M.A. from Fudan University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He has published many articles in professional journals on literary criticism and theory.