By Frederick Crews
(North Point Press, Hardcover, 9780865476264, 192pp.)
Publication Date: October 2001
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A sequel of sorts to the classic (and bestselling) sendup of literary criticism, The Pooh Perplex
Purporting to be the proceedings of a forum on Pooh convened at the Modern Language Association's annual convention, Postmodern Pooh brilliantly parodies the academic fads and figures that hold sway at the millennium.
Deconstruction, poststructuralist Marxism, new historicism, radical feminism, cultural studies, recovered-memory theory, and postcolonialism, among other methods, take their shots at the poor teddy bear and Crews takes his shots at them. The fun lies in seeing just how much adulteration Pooh can stand.
Frederick Crews is professor emeritus of English at University of California, Berkeley. In addition to The Pooh Perplex, he is the author of The Memory Wars and other books about psychology.
"So all you lit-crit junkies, rush right out and snag a copy of Postmodern Pooh. Once again, Crews made me laugh until I wept." --Mark Pendergrast, The Philadelphia Inquirer
"Sparkling wit and brilliant parodies ... make this a funny book." --Merle Rubin, The Los Angeles Times
"Really good academic fun." --Barbara Fisher, The Boston Globe
"Postmodern Pooh should be required reading." --Michael Pakenham, The Baltimore Sun