By Walter Benn Michaels
The form of the Signifier is a critique of modern theory--primarily literary but additionally cultural and political. Bringing jointly formerly unconnected strands of Michaels's thought--from "Against thought" to Our America--it anatomizes what is essentially at stake after we reflect on literature by way of the adventure of the reader instead of the goal of the writer, and once we alternative the query of who everyone is for the query of what they believe.
With signature virtuosity, Michaels exhibits how the alternative of ideological distinction (we think various things) with identitarian distinction (we converse various languages, we've various our bodies and assorted histories) organizes the taking into consideration writers from Richard Rorty to Octavia Butler to Samuel Huntington to Kathy Acker. He then examines how this shift produces the narrative common sense of texts starting from Toni Morrison's Beloved to Michael Hardt and Toni Negri's Empire. As with every little thing Michaels writes, The form of the Signifier is certain to depart controversy and debate in its wake.