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Berensmeyer, Ingo (2001): Gesture and validity: The rhetoric of theory (de Man, Miller). In: Deutsche Vierteljahrsschrift für Literaturwissenschaft und Geistesgeschichte, Vol. 75, No. 3: pp. 491-536

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In a comparative reading of the critical writings of Paul de Man and J. Hillis Miller, this article explores different styles and gestures, different demands of consistency, normativity, and authority in literary criticism and theory. Starting from a description of the changes in contemporary academic culture and their effects on the self-image of literary criticism (I,II), the analysis shows a differentiated range of possible orientations within `deconstruction in America', using de Man and Miller as its exemplary extremes (III, IV).

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