Literary Theory: a Very Short Introduction by Jonathan Culler has the following quote in it (in chapter 1 of the 2nd edition):

Theory is often a pugnacious critique of common-sense notations, and further, an attempt to show that what we take fro granted as "common sense" is in fact an historical construction, a particular theory that has come to seem so natural to us that we don't even see it as a theory.

This isn't actually stated in the book (at least not that I've read so far), but does Culler view theory itself as a historical construction?


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