Hegemony and Strategies of Transgression: Essays in Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature

October 29, 2020
Hegemony and Strategies of Transgression: Essays in Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature

OCR (searchable image), TOC bookmarked, PaginatedIn Part One, the author examines what is at stake in the complexrelations between theory and practice in exchanges involving Paulde Man, Mikhail Bakhtin, Georg Lukacs, Bertolt Brecht, WalterBenjamin, Antonio Gramsci, and others. In Part Two, San Juanfocuses on the materialist aesthetics of Louis Althusser and PierreMacherey, examining their resonance in a Hemingway novel and in thepoetry of Hugh MacDiarmid. In Part Three, the author conducts anappraisal of James Baldwin's worldview, the textualization of theAsian diaspora in the United States, and the interface betweenpostmodern themes and "postcolonial" sensibilities.The ultimate project of the author is to envision the emergenceof a new field called "world cultural studies" from a radical"Third World" perspective. The transition from Western "hegemony"to the transformative, oppositional inquiry of "Others" epitomizesthe itinerary of San Juan's exploration of the discipline oncecalled litterae humaniores but now reconceived as the praxis ofcritical transgressions.