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Glossary of Literary Theory
A term used by Michel Foucault to describe a heterogeneous and discontinuous
epistemological field which is not to be understood as a cultural totality.
It is an unmasterable web of historical ideas, social practices, power
relations, and discursive formations that provides an alternative to the
totalizing history that seeks to draw "all phenomena around a single
center -- a principle, a meaning, a spirit, a world-view, an overall shape."
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