An American Bookworm in Paris, Part I

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french_theory.jpgSylvia Whitman, of Shakespeare and Company, a bookstore popular with Americans in Paris

François Cusset French Theory: How Foucault, Derrida, Deleuze & Co. Transformed the Intellectual Life of the United States (University of Minnesota Press)

Our tour begins at Shakespeare and Company, a bookstore with a long tradition of helping American writers in Paris. The newest manager, Sylvia Whitman, shows us the ropes. Then, it's on to François Cusset who explains how French Theory—that blend of philosophy, politics and literary criticism—found its bastion and stronghold in American Universities.

Note: More installments of an American Bookworm in Paris will air over the next few months.

Banner image and virtual tour of Shakespeare and Company, courtesy of Robert Fields Jeantet