Abstract

Romanticism as Method

Whether or not we believe the reports of theory's imminent or absolute demise, recent calls (from Latour, Sedgwick, Best and Marcus) to move beyond ideology critique invite us to rethink our teaching as well as our research practices. This essay asks what it would mean to exchange an emphasis on "theory" for one on "method." My suggestion is that focusing on method encourages a cultivation of knowledge as, specifically, a knowing-how, a form of intellectual labor that values adventurous collaboration over private virtuosity.