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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books; New edition edition (9 Oct. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 186197566X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861975669
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 651,081 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fred Crews is a Person of Very Great Brain. What he pooh-Poohs, deserves it. Reading this book actually makes me grateful that I toil in the jargon-choked fields of psychology instead of the impenetrably murky caverns of literary criticism. But literary criticism is luckier than psychology: It has Fred Crews to light the way. (Carol Tavris)

Postmodern Pooh is the funniest and most incisive [satire on literary criticism] to date. Using a blend of acute imitation and with frequent reference to respected critical texts, Crews demonstrates that despite the purported differences between recent schools of critical thought, all of them have a tendency to use digression, sexual and scatalogical obsession, self-conscious erudition and irrelevant quotation to distract the reader from the emptiness of their argument ...The only comparable publication, for both satirical acuity and hilarity, is the infamous hoax paper that the physicist Alan Sokal published. (The TLS)

A brilliant and savagely witty skewering of the combatants on all sides of the academic culture wars (The Washington Post)

One of the funniest books I have read this year. (Roger Scruton New Statesman) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Frederick Crews is Professor Emeritus of English at University of California, Berkeley. Nearly 40 years ago he wrote The Pooh Perplex, a trailer for this book. He is also the author of The Memory Wars, a withering attack on 'recovered memory syndrome' and numerous other works. He is one of the most distinguished critics in the United States.

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I use it for my university students as part of their 'sociological theory' & 'sociological thinking' studies

I give it as a present to close friends who 'struggle' with understanding the relevance abstract theory in their everyday lives

Crews little book is useful to my students and a fascination to my friends because it: entertains, informs and educates in about equal measure
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Brilliant. It should be required reading for all students at departments of sociology and politics, as well as Eng Lit.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By H. C. Merritt on 3 April 2006
Format: Hardcover
In the 1960 Frederick Crews wrote The Pooh Perplex, a collection of parodies of literary critics. This is a follow-up to that book. Literature Departments are fighting Theory Wars now (and the quest isn't for The Truth, but a better job). Almost every current literary theory is pilloried here, almost every trendy posturing is exposed. This will appeal to anyone with a sense of humour who has had to be a footsoldier in the Theory Wars.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bryan Reuben on 15 Jan. 2010
Format: Hardcover
"The Pooh Perplex" by Frederick Crews was a biting satire of the vocabulary and pretentiousness of much literary criticism of the 1950s, presented as the sort of "dumbing down" casebook popular in post-war academic circles. "Post-Modern Pooh" is a sequel in the form of the proceedings of a high-minded symposium on Pooh studies. The targets have been updated and are such things as the opacity of much post-modern writing, the denial of objective facts, and the ambiguity and all-pervasiveness of sex-based interpretations of literature. These are works of genius. It is difficult to know how anyone can take post-modernism seriously after reading them.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sanyata on 6 May 2012
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its not just funny its genuinely brilliant and on the mark.
some of the claims in here are priceless, like feminists saying that einstein's equations discriminate against women, that support for hitler is better than classical liberalism etc.

the level is surprisingly high, and you should probably have some knowledge of the university to appreciate this. but never the less, highly recommended. in fact, an intelligent could even use it as a crash course in postmodernism.
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