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tl;dr No. Cultural studies are focused on specific cultural phenomena, including literature. Theory is at a level of abstraction from those phenomena. Culler makes the following statements here: Culture, broadly defined, is "'signifying practices', the production and representation of experience, and the constitution of human subjects". Cultural ...


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I came away from reading that chapter with the idea that literary studies and cultural studies are two different but overlapping fields and that "theory" is a feature that both have in common. The reasons why I think Culler seems to resist the idea that literary studies may be a subset of cultural studies can be found in the same chapter. (I am ...


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What Culler is describing is based on J. L. Austin's book How to Do Things With Words, which introduced a distinction between constative and performative utterances. Constative utterances are descriptive, whereas performative utterances perform actions rather than stating facts. Performative utterances cannot be judged as true or false (unlike constative ...


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Culler's point here (well, Austin's point) is that a promise is performative: the act of saying "I promise" itself constitutes the promise. If I make a promise without intending to keep it, I have nevertheless made a promise. So whatever my intentions, saying "I promise" means I have promised. For example: If, under conventionally ...


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First of all, it doesn't have to be just a merely subset of cultural studies. We can theoretically assume for now that the set theory allows for having a common part. That would mean there are some parts that both have in common but at the same time there are parts that differ from each other or at least are independent. Is that justified? We cannot escape ...


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Even though Culler writes that theory is roughly the theory of "signifying practices" or of "something like culture in the broadest sense", theory cannot be reduced to "the study of the background (...) that we bring to the text". This is clearly not the case with a number of older theories he describes in the book's appendix on ...


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