‘The Golden age of cultural theory is long past’ (Eagleton 2003: 1) is the first sentence of Terry Eagleton's After Theory, and while such an estimation may appear to be overly dismissive of much contemporary work, it is fair to say that the unique combination of circumstances that allowed the work of certain figures to transcend the confines of academic culture is now firmly behind us. This does not mean that the quality of work in the field has diminished, or that the discipline as a whole has become less crucial in the analysis of culture, but that the conditions that prompted and informed so much pioneering work have either disappeared or come to be reformulated on different terrain.

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