Dames on the “Theory Generation”

Here is the Nick Dames essay in N + 1 on the “Theory Generation.

True, the argument that we can trace the ideas of writers like Jonathan Franzen or Jeffrey Eugenides to their theory-immersed Liberal Arts days in the early 1980’s is rather reductive. But I do think Dames is on to something, particularly when it comes to Eugenides’ Marriage Plot.