French rhetorical models are too narrow for the English tradition. Most pernicious of French imports is the notion that there is no person behind a text. Is there anything more affected, aggressive, and relentlessly concrete than a Parisan intellectual behind his/her turgid text? The Parisian is a provincial when he pretends to speak for the universe.
Camille Paglia (b. 1947), U.S. author, critic, educator. Sexual Personae, ch. 1 (1990).
In her Introduction to Sex, Art, and American Culture (1992), Paglia writes scathingly of "French post-structuralism, whose pedantic jargon, clumsy convolutions, prissy abstractions have spread throughout academe and the arts and are now blighting the most promising minds of the next generation."