Engagements with Contemporary Literary and Critical Theory is a wide-ranging but accessible introduction to the key thinkers and theories integral to the study of literature. Organised thematically, the book provides historical introductions and uses a variety of relevant contemporary examples to illuminate the field.
Evan Gottlieb contextualises the latest developments with regard to forms; discourses; subjectivities and embodiments; media, networks, and machines; and animals, affects, objects, and environments. Each chapter elucidates its concepts through in-depth discussions of major contemporary theorists, including Giorgio Agamben, Sara Ahmed, and Catherine Malabou, and uses ‘engaging’ examples from a canonical novel, a contemporary text, and a new media artefact to demonstrate theoretical applications. Additional textboxes regularly introduce emerging or overlooked theorists of interest, including Fred Moten and Sianne Ngai.
An ideal guide for students of literary and critical theory, this book will give readers the background they need to continue their own explorations of this vibrant field of study.
Introduction: Structure of the Book and some Caveats 1. Forms 2. Discourses 3. Subjectivities and Embodiments 4. Media, Networks, Machines 5. Animals, Affects, Objects, Environments
Routledge Engagements with Literature is a series that presents engagement as a means of discovery. Unlike other books that simply provide references and overviews, this series offers students and instructors new ways to engage with the literature they are studying, teaching, or researching. Each book balances foundational information and key topics with new developments and trends while also looking forward to work yet to be done, offering different or challenging approaches and perspectives.