chapter  6
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It isn’t customary for series editors to write something at the end of the series, but in this case the temptation is overwhelming. This series has been a fascinating experience. The idea was to invite a wider range of contributors on each subject than had been assembled in the past, in order to reveal the new diversity of art discourse. I was impelled in the first instance by a growing sense that certain models of poststructuralist criticism were no longer making headway with some of the crucial concepts of art. In particular I wanted to move away from the kind of art theory that has been practiced since the 1960s, in which the contributors to conferences and edited volumes are all roughly agreed on the protocols of interpretation, so that despite appearances of dialectic and disagreement, all that actually remains is to investigate agreed-upon problems in an increasingly formulaic manner. I wanted to open the way to a more divergent and flexible discourse.