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Introduction: Legacies of Paul De Man

Marc Redfield

in Legacies of Paul de Man

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780823227600
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823240951 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823227600.003.0001
Introduction: Legacies of Paul De Man

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More than twenty years after his death, Paul de Man remains a haunting presence in the American academy. His name has retained its affective charge even as the context in which it first became nationally known has receded into the past, becoming as distant as disco music or the Ford or Carter administrations. The acrid debates about deconstruction and the “Yale School” and the bitter, high-profile purgings of junior faculty ranks at places like Yale and Princeton may now seem part of another world. And in certain ways it would no doubt be fair to say that the winds of controversy have calmed, and that de Man's legacy has become part of everyday academic life.

Keywords: receded; distant; Carter; acrid; purgings

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Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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