GOING AFTER THEORY MARSHALL BROWN The only genuine critical theory is that of no-theory, the only applicable abstraction the rejection of abstraction. (McGilchrist 1982: 13-14) Theory’s day is dying; the hour is late; and the only thing left for a theorist to do is to say so. (“Consequences,” Fish 1990: 341) One does one’s work first and theorises about it afterwards. (Conrad 1924: vii) To go after a thing is to follow it, to seek it out, or to hunt it down. Going after theory typically starts with going against theory, but never ends there. Ultimately going...Read More
Author: Marshall Brown
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