“Life after theory is a text.” —Derrida, “Following Theory: Jacques Derrida,” 27
A bit like Schrödinger’s cat, it is unclear to me whether or not theory has died and if it has, whether or not it should be resurrected. If it has indeed died and needs to be brought back to life, future theorists should certainly read Globalectics: Theory and the Politics of Knowing by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o before trying to revive it. For if Derrida’s theory is correct and life after theory is a text, one of the texts on that reading list should include Thiong’o’s account of a lifelong struggle with theory and the “politics of knowing.”
"Globalectics: Theory and the Politics of Knowing,"
International Dialogue: Vol. 2, Article 14.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.unomaha.edu/id-journal/vol2/iss1/14