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Postmodern Pooh [Paperback]

Frederick Crews
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9 Oct 2003
'Almost 40 years ago, Crews mocked post-war academic fashions in The Pooh Perplex, a set of scholarly essays on A A Milne's great bear. Now bear and dons are back for a fresh dose of pin-sharp...A guilty treat for all survivors of Post 1970's arts degrees.' Boyd Tonkin. The Independent '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 Tarvis 'If literary theory can generate a book as funny as 'Postmodern Pooh', you have to love it.' Elaine Showalter in the London Review of Books 'A brilliant and savagely witty skewering of the combatants on all sides of the academic culture wars...Pitch-perfect lampoons...This is the last academic satire you'll ever need to read.' The Washington Post

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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: 19.2 x 13 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 700,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A brilliant and savagely witty skewering of the combatants on all sides of the academic culture wars' -- Washington Post

'I found Crews' pastiches of post-structuralist, Marxist, feminist, cyber-, new historicist and post-colonialist literary theory painfully hilarious.' -- Sandy Starr, Spiked Magazine

'If literary theory can generate a book as funny as Postmodern Pooh, you have to love it.' -- London Review of Books

'Professor Emeritus of English at Berkley, Mr Crews mixes fact and fiction as he pokes good-natured fun at his field.' -- Wall Street Journal --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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5.0 out of 5 stars beginners guide to postmodernisms 7 April 2014
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars post-modernism of very little brain 15 Jan 2010
"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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Brilliant. It should be required reading for all students at departments of sociology and politics, as well as Eng Lit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Every Literature Department Ought To Have It 3 April 2006
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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5.0 out of 5 stars it really is that good 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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