Postmodernists: proof of points of triviality and sophistry

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In Charles Murray's book Real Smart: Four Simple Truths For Bringing America's Schools Back To Reality, Murray writes about the postmodernists in literary criticism. His description really gets my interest. I think it would be interesting and perhaps amusing (I have a strange sense of humor) to me to read the work of the postmodernists in literary criticism that Murray is referring to. I will include the first few sentences before the mention of the postmodernists in literary criticism to provide a little bit of context, and I will put the part i'm referring to in boldface. Here is the excerpt:
"The second thing we have going for us is that professors are deeply motivated to show their peers how smart they are--exhibiting smartness is the only way to score points that count in academia. The way to do that is to say smart things about difficult problems in their fields. For the last few decades, intellectual fashion has made it possible for professors to score points by being tricky-smart. The postmodernists in literary criticism are an excellent example, using impenetrable vocabulary to make convoluted arguments in proof of points of a triviality and sophistry that would excite the envy of a medieval theologian." Who are the postmodernists in literary criticism? I mean, what are the names of some of these postmodernists in literary criticism? How can I find their work? What are some examples of books in which postmodernists in literary criticism use impenetrable vocabulary to make convoluted arguments in proof of points of triviality and sophistry that would excite the envy of a medieval theologian?
 

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There's Foucalt, but I don't know that he does literary criticism.
 
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I've read a few of Foucault's book (some 20 years ago), and as far as I remember they were actually very easy to read. Hence, I don't think he would be a good example.
 
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In Charles Murray's book Real Smart: Four Simple Truths For Bringing America's Schools Back To Reality, Murray writes about the postmodernists in literary criticism. His description really gets my interest. I think it would be interesting and perhaps amusing (I have a strange sense of humor) to me to read the work of the postmodernists in literary criticism that Murray is referring to. I will include the first few sentences before the mention of the postmodernists in literary criticism to provide a little bit of context, and I will put the part i'm referring to in boldface. Here is the excerpt:
"The second thing we have going for us is that professors are deeply motivated to show their peers how smart they are--exhibiting smartness is the only way to score points that count in academia. The way to do that is to say smart things about difficult problems in their fields. For the last few decades, intellectual fashion has made it possible for professors to score points by being tricky-smart. The postmodernists in literary criticism are an excellent example, using impenetrable vocabulary to make convoluted arguments in proof of points of a triviality and sophistry that would excite the envy of a medieval theologian." Who are the postmodernists in literary criticism? I mean, what are the names of some of these postmodernists in literary criticism? How can I find their work? What are some examples of books in which postmodernists in literary criticism use impenetrable vocabulary to make convoluted arguments in proof of points of triviality and sophistry that would excite the envy of a medieval theologian?
Did you miss the whole debacle surrounding Alan Sokal's hoax in "Social Text"?

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Did you miss the whole debacle surrounding Alan Sokal's hoax in "Social Text"?

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ZapperZ, yes, I did miss it. I've never heard of Alan Sokal or "Social Text".
 

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