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1st Edition

By Donald E. Hall


156 pages

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Explores the history of theories of selfhood, from the Classical era to the present, and demonstrates how those theories can be applied in literary and cultural criticism. Donald E. Hall:

* examines all of the major methodologies and theoretical emphases of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, including psychoanalytic criticism, materialism, feminism and queer theory

* applies the theories discussed in detailed readings of literary and cultural texts, from novels and poetry to film and the visual arts

* offers a unique perspective on our current obsession with perfecting our selves

* looks to the future of selfhood given the new identity possibilities arising out of developing technologies.

Examining some of the most exciting issues confronting cultural critics and readers today, Subjectivity is the essential introduction to a fraught but crucial critical term and a challenge to the way we define our selves.

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Preface Introduction What is Subjectivity? Classical and Pre-Modern Identities 1. Descartes and the "I" Locke, Kant and the "We" 2. The Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries Slavery and Subjectives Wollstonecraft and Early Modren Feminist Subjectivity Marx and Class Subjectivity Freud and the Rise of the Social Sciences Nietzsche and the Existentialists 3. The Politics of Identity Lacan, Althusser, Foucault and Discourse Theory The Politics of Gender and Sexuality, Race and Postcoloniality 4. Postmodernism and the Question of Agency Haraway and Cyborg Subjectivity Subjectives Glossary Bibliography Index

About the Series

The New Critical Idiom

The New Critical Idiom is an invaluable series of introductory guides designed to meet the needs of today's students grappling with the complexities of modern critical terminology. Each book in the series provides:

  • A clear, explanatory guide to the use (and abuse) of the term
  • An original and distinctive overview by a leading literary and cultural critic
  • Helpful definitions of the boundaries between the literary and non-literary
  • Basic guidance for the introductory reader in how the term relates to the larger field of cultural representation

With a strong emphasis on clarity, lively debate and the widest possible breadth of examples, The New Critical Idiom is an indispensable guide to key topics in literary studies.

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