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2nd Edition

The Routledge Companion to Critical and Cultural Theory

Edited By

Paul Wake


Simon Malpas

ISBN 9780415668309
Published August 13, 2013 by Routledge
360 Pages

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Book Description

Now in a fully updated second edition The Routledge Companion to Critical and Cultural Theory is an indispensible guide for anyone approaching the field for the first time. Exploring ideas from a diverse range of disciplines through a series of 11 critical essays and a dictionary of key names and terms, this book examines some of the most complex and fundamental theories in modern scholarship including:

  • Marxism
  • Trauma Theory
  • Ecocriticism
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Feminism
  • Posthumanism
  • Gender and Queer Theory
  • Structuralism
  • Narrative
  • Postcolonialism
  • Deconstruction
  • Postmodernism

With three new essays, an updated introduction, further reading and a wealth of new dictionary entries, this text is an indispensible guide for all students of the theoretically informed arts, humanities and social sciences.

Table of Contents

Editor’s Introduction  Introduction to the 2nd Edition  Part I: Critical Theory: Introductory Essays  1. Structuralism and Semiotics Kate McGowan  2. Narrative and Narratology Paul Wake  3. Marxism Glyn Daly  4. Poststructuralism Catherine Belsey  5. Historicism Simon Malpas  6. Psychoanalytic Criticism Rob Lapsley  7. Deconstruction Andrew Benjamin  8. Feminism Susan Hekman  9. Gender and Queer Theory Donald E. Hall  10. Postmodernism Linda Hutcheon  11. Race and Postcoloniality Apollo Amoko  12. Posthumanism Neil Badminton (proposed contributor)  13. Trauma Theory Dominick LaCapra (proposed contributor)  14. Green Theory/Ecocriticism Laurence Coupe (proposed contributor)  Part II: Names and Terms  Part III: History and Context

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Paul Wake is a lecturer in English Literature at Manchester Metropolitan University where he specialises in narrative and literary theory.

Simon Malpas is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at Edinburgh University. His research interests include research interests include aesthetics, continental philosophy, literary theory and postmodernism, and he is the author of The Postmodern (Routledge, 2006).