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The Mark of Theory: Inscriptive Figures, Poststructuralist Prehistories

Andrea Bachner

Abstract

What imaginaries, tropes, and media have influenced the way we theorize now? The Mark of Theory argues that inscription constitutes one of the master metaphors of contemporary theory. The book understands inscription as a scene that takes place where and when a material surface is breached and forced to bear marks. As a trope that draws on a wide array of practices of marking, from tattooing to circumcision, from photographic imprints and phonographic grooves to marks on a page, inscription provides an imaginary that orients, governs, and irritates theoretical thought. By tracing inscriptive i ... More

Keywords: contemporary thought, genealogy, inscription, materiality, media, poststructuralism, theoretical imaginaries

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780823277476
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823277476.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrea Bachner, author
Cornell University