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Routledge Critical Thinkers

Series Editor: Robert Eaglestone

Routledge Critical Thinkers is designed for students who need an accessible introduction to the key figures in contemporary critical thought. The books provide crucial orientation for further study and equip readers to engage with theorists' original texts. The volumes in the Routledge Critical Thinkers series place each key theorist in his or her historical and intellectual context and explain:

  • why he or she is important
  • what motivated his or her work
  • what his or her key ideas are
  • who and what influenced the thinker
  • who and what the thinker has influenced
  • what to read next and why.

Featuring extensively annotated guides to further reading, Routledge Critical Thinkers is the first point of reference for any student wishing to investigate the work of a specific theorist.

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1-10 of 42 results in Routledge Critical Thinkers
  1. Paul Gilroy

    By Paul Williams

    Series: Routledge Critical Thinkers

    Paul Gilroy has been a controversial force at the forefront of debates around race, nation, and diaspora. Working across a broad range of disciplines, Gilroy has argued that racial identities are historically constructed, formed by colonization, slavery, nationalist philosophies, and consumer...

    Published December 12th 2012 by Routledge

  2. Frantz Fanon

    By Pramod K. Nayar

    Series: Routledge Critical Thinkers

    Frantz Fanon has established a position as a leading anticolonial thinker, through key texts such as Black Skin, White Masks and The Wretched of the Earth. He has influenced the work of thinkers from Edward Said and Homi Bhabha to Paul Gilroy, but his complex work is often misinterpreted as an...

    Published November 15th 2012 by Routledge

  3. Martin Heidegger

    2nd Edition

    By Timothy Clark

    Series: Routledge Critical Thinkers

    Since the publication of his mammoth work, Being and Time, Martin Heidegger has remained one of the most influential figures in contemporary thought, and is a key influence for modern literary and cultural theory. This guidebook provides an ideal entry-point for readers new to Heidegger,...

    Published March 24th 2011 by Routledge

  4. Giorgio Agamben

    By Alex Murray

    Series: Routledge Critical Thinkers

    Giorgio Agamben is one of the most important and controversial figures in contemporary continental philosophy and critical theory. His work covers a broad array of topics from biblical criticism to Guantanamo Bay and the ‘war on terror’. Alex Murray explains Agamben’s key ideas, including: an...

    Published April 13th 2010 by Routledge

  5. Jean-Paul Sartre

    By Christine Daigle

    Series: Routledge Critical Thinkers

    A critical figure in twentieth-century literature and philosophy, Jean-Paul Sartre changed the course of critical thought, and claimed a new, important role for the intellectual. Christine Daigle sets Sartre’s thought in context, and considers a number of key ideas in detail, charting their impact...

    Published October 15th 2009 by Routledge

  6. F.R. Leavis

    By Richard Storer

    Series: Routledge Critical Thinkers

    ‘informative, succint, circumspect; an exacting introduction to Leavis as an incisive master critic. Ideal for today’s students and general readers’ – Chris Terry, Times Higher Education F.R. Leavis is a landmark figure in twentieth-century literary criticism and theory. His outspoken and...

    Published July 13th 2009 by Routledge

  7. Sigmund Freud

    2nd Edition

    By Pamela Thurschwell

    Series: Routledge Critical Thinkers

    The work of Sigmund Freud has penetrated almost every area of literary theory and cultural studies, as well as contemporary culture. Pamela Thurschwell explains and contextualises psychoanalytic theory and its meaning for modern thinking. This updated second edition explores developments and...

    Published April 26th 2009 by Routledge

  8. Jean Baudrillard

    2nd Edition

    By Richard J. Lane

    Series: Routledge Critical Thinkers

    Jean Baudrillard is one of the most controversial theorists of our time, famous for his claim that the Gulf War never happened and for his provocative writing on terrorism, specifically 9/11. This new and fully updated second edition includes: an introduction to Baudrillard’s key works and...

    Published December 7th 2008 by Routledge

  9. Edward Said

    2nd Edition

    By Bill Ashcroft, Pal Ahluwalia

    Series: Routledge Critical Thinkers

    Edward Said is perhaps best known as the author of the landmark study Orientalism, a book which changed the face of critical theory and shaped the emerging field of post-colonial studies, and for his controversial journalism on the Palestinian political situation. Looking at the context and the...

    Published October 15th 2008 by Routledge

  10. Hannah Arendt

    By Simon Swift

    Series: Routledge Critical Thinkers

    Hannah Arendt's work offers a powerful critical engagement with the cultural and philosophical crises of mid-twentieth-century Europe. Her idea of the banality of evil, made famous after her report on the trial of the Nazi war criminal, Adolf Eichmann, remains controversial to this day. In the face...

    Published October 5th 2008 by Routledge

Forthcoming Books

  1. Mikhail Bakhtin
    By Alastair Renfrew
    To Be Published December 12th 2014

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