Postmodern Pooh by Frederick Crews

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A sequel of sorts to the classic (and bestselling) sendup of literary criticism, The Pooh Perplex

Thirty-seven years ago, a slim parody of academic literary criticism called The Pooh Perplex became a surprise bestseller. Now Frederick Crews has written a hilarious new satire in the same vein. 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.

 

About Frederick Crews

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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.
 
Published April 1, 2011 by North Point Press. 144 pages
Genres: History, Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Inasmuch as Which?” and “The Fissured Subtext: Historical Problematics, the Absolute Cause, Transcoded Contradictions, and Late-Capitalist Metanarrative (in Pooh),” the Bear with Very Little Brain is dissected in light of gay studies, gyn crit, new historicism, meme studies, cultural studies, psy...

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"Well," said Pooh, we keep looking for Home and not finding it, so I thought that if we looked for this Pit, we'd be sure not to find it, which would be a Good Thing, because then we might find something that we weren't looking for, which might be just what we were looking for, really."

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The Guardian

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Postmodern Pooh by Frederick Crews Profile, £7.99 When I started university, a really horribly long time ago, I bought a copy of Frederick Crews's The Pooh Perplex, a collection of spoof essays by imaginary critics on AA Milne's celebrated creation.

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Publishers Weekly

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In 11 sham essays (complete with footnotes of brilliantly chosen actual texts), Crews takes on deconstruction, queer theory, gender/body studies, postcolonial studies, chaos theory, etc.

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Crews equally champions and disparages Fiedler's cause, adding the study of children's literature and the creation of the essay and "call for papers" conference in the harsh light of post-postmodern Pooh analysis paralysis, or Po-PoMo-PoohAP, while paradoxically mocking postmodern criticism in th...

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London Review of Books

The debate Garber describes as the process of advancing ideas, Hobbs calls the rules of the ‘criticism racket’ – keep arguing ‘so that the presses can keep humming and we can all (well, most of us) retain our jobs and keep making the conference rounds.’ Postmodern Pooh is the cynical opposite of ...

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In Das Nuffa Dat's hands, Pooh becomes an agent of the East India Company and complicit in racist oppression, for, as Nuffa Dat explains, since Pooh covers himself in mud to trick the bees, "we can infer that the bees themselves are black" (91).

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Since successful parody pays careful attention to the original text, I thought it would be a useful exercise to have the students create their own parodies of critical approaches to Pooh using a theory that Crews hadn't already used in The Pooh Perplex.

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