de Certeau is often considered to be the theorist of everyday life par excellence. This book provides an unrivalled critical introduction to de Certeau's work and influence and looks at his key ideas and asks how should we try to understand him in relation to theories of modern culture and society. Ian Buchanan demonstrates how de Certeau was influenced by Lacan, Merleau-Ponty and Greimas and the meaning of de Certeau's notions of `strategy', `tactics', `place' and `space' are clearly described. The book argues that de Certeau died before developing the full import of his work for the study of culture and convincingly, it tries to complete or imagine the directions that de Certeau's work would have taken, had he lived.

Heterology, or the Book We'll Never Read1

Heterology, or the book we'll never read1

When one says that heterology scientifically considers questions of heterogeneity, one does not mean that heterology is, in the usual sense of such a formula, the science of the heterogeneous.

Georges Bataille, Visions of Excess

As he was writing what would turn out to be his last books, the two volumes on seventeenth-century French mysticism, de Certeau was already sketching a future project which was to have been an analysis of what he referred to as heterological thinking in early anthropological discourse. The title of the collection of his essays translated into English just prior to his untimely death, Heterologies: Discourse on the Other, anticipates this never to be completed book and clearly signals ...

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