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  1. Against Theory.Steven Knapp & Walter Benn Michaels - 1982 - Critical Inquiry 8 (4):723-742.
    By "theory" we mean a special project in literary criticism: the attempt to govern interpretations of particular texts by appealing to an account of interpretation in general. The term is sometimes applied to literary subjects with no direct bearing on the interpretation of individual works, such as narratology, stylistics, and prosody. Despite their generality, however, these subjects seem to us essentially empirical, and our argument against theory will not apply to them.Contemporary theory has taken two forms. Some theorists have sought (...)
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    The No-Drop Rule.Walter Benn Michaels - 1994 - Critical Inquiry 20 (4):758-769.
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    Against Theory 2: Hermeneutics and Deconstruction.Steven Knapp & Walter Benn Michaels - 1987 - Critical Inquiry 14 (1):49-68.
    In “Against Theory” we argued that a text means what its author intends it to mean. We argued further that all attempts to found a method of interpretation on a general account of language involve imagining that a text can mean something other than what its author intends. Therefore, we concluded, all such attempts are bound to fail; there can be no method of interpretation. But the attempt to imagine that a text can mean something other than what its author (...)
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    Race Into Culture: A Critical Genealogy of Cultural Identity.Walter Benn Michaels - 1992 - Critical Inquiry 18 (4):655-685.
    Our sense of culture is characteristically meant to displace race, but part of the argument of this essay has been that culture has turned out to be a way of continuing rather than repudiating racial thought. It is only the appeal to race that makes culture an object of affect and that gives notions like losing our culture, preserving it, stealing someone else’s culture, restoring people’s culture to them, and so on, their pathos. Our race identifies the culture to which (...)
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    A Reply to Our Critics.Steven Knapp & Walter Benn Michaels - 1983 - Critical Inquiry 9 (4):790-800.
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  6. Against Theory 2 Sentence Meaning, Hermeneutics : Protocol of the Fifty-Second Colloquy, 8 December 1985.Steven Knapp, Walter Benn Michaels & Center for Hermeneutical Studies in Hellenistic and Modern Culture - 1986
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  7. Title and Paper to Come].Walter Benn Michaels - 2010 - In Hilary Ballon (ed.), The Cosmopolitan Idea. Nyu Abu Dhabi.
     
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    Fictitious Dealing: A Reply to Leo Bersani.Walter Benn Michaels - 1981 - Critical Inquiry 8 (1):165-171.
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    Against Theory+ a Reply to Wilson, George.Steven Knapp & Walter Benn Michaels - 1992 - Critical Inquiry 19 (1):186-193.
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    A Reply to Richard Rorty: What Is Pragmatism?Steven Knapp & Walter Benn Michaels - 1985 - Critical Inquiry 11 (3):466-473.
    We are grateful to Stanley Fish for demonstrating what “Against Theory” had merely assumed, that the only kind of theory worth attacking is the kind which claims to be more than just another form of practice. Some readers have thought that our arguments were directed against all general reflection about literature or criticism. Others have thought that we were resisting the encroachment on literary study of themes derived from politics, or psychoanalysis, or philosophy. These are plausible misreading of our intention, (...)
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    Subjects/Titles.Mikko Tuhkanen, Elizabeth Grosz, Orrin Nc Wang & Walter Benn Michaels - forthcoming - Diacritics.
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    Reply to George Wilson.Steven Knapp & Walter Benn Michaels - 1992 - Critical Inquiry 19 (1):186-193.
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    "Sister Carrie'"s Popular Economy.Walter Benn Michaels - 1980 - Critical Inquiry 7 (2):373-390.
    Instead of seeing satisfaction as the necessary and appropriate goal of desire, Dreiser seems to see it only as an inevitable but potentially fatal by-product. Desire, for him, is most powerful when it outstrips its object; indeed, it is the very fact of this excessiveness that fuels Sister Carrie's economy—which is one reason why Carrie is right to think of money as "power itself." The economy runs on desire, which is to say, money, or the impossibility of ever having enough (...)
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    Racisme, sexisme et mépris de classe.Walter Benn Michaels - 2010 - Revue Agone 44:173-180.
    Aux États-Unis, une structure appelée Love Makes a Family [C’est l’amour qui fait une famille] fut créée en 1999 pour soutenir le droit à l’adoption des couples homosexuels. Elle a également joué un rôle central dans le développement des unions civiles. Dix ans plus tard, sa directrice, Ann Stanback, annonçait qu’ayant atteint ses objectifs Love Makes a Family arrêterait son activité à la fin de l’année, et qu’elle-même en profiterait pour passer plus de temps avec sa femme Charlotte: «L’esse..
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    Intentionalism, Again.Walter Benn Michaels - 1989 - Cardozo Studies in Law and Literature 1 (1):89-96.
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    The Impossibility of Intentionless Meaning.Steven Knapp & Walter Benn Michaels - 1992 - In Gary Iseminger (ed.), Intention and Interpretation. Temple University Press.
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    Is There a Politics of Interpretation?Walter Benn Michaels - 1982 - Critical Inquiry 9 (1):248-258.
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    The Shape of the Signifier.Walter Benn Michaels - 2001 - Critical Inquiry 27 (2):266-283.