This student's guide is a clear and concise handbook to the key connections between Classical Studies and critical theory in the twentieth century. Louise Hitchcock looks at the way Classics has been engaged across a number of disciplines.
Beginning with four foundational figures – Freud, Marx, Nietzshe and Saussure – Hitchcock goes on to provide guided introductions of the major theoretical thinkers of the past century, from Adorno to Williams. Each entry offers biographical, theoretical and bibliographical information along with a discussion of each figure's relevance to Classical Studies and suggestions for future research.
Theory for Classics, adapted from Theory for Religious Studies, by William E. Deal and Timothy K. Beal, is a brisk, thoughtful, provocative, and engaging title, which will be an essential first volume for anyone interested in the intersection between theory and classical studies today.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Predecessors 1. Sigmund Freud 2. Karl Marx 3. Friedrich Nietzsche 4. Ferdinand de Saussure Part 2: The Thoerists 5. Theodor Wiesengrund Adorno 6. Louis Althusser 7. Mikhail Bakhtin 8. Roland Barthes 9. Georges Bataille 10. Jean Baudrillard 11. Walter Benjamin 12. Pierre Bourdieu 13. Judith Butler 14. Hélène Cixous 15. Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari 16. Jacques Derrida 17. Michel Foucault 18. Hans-Georg Gadamer 19. Martin Heidegger 20. Luce Irigaray 21. Julia Kristeva 22. Jacques Lacan 23. Henri Lefebvre 24. Emmanuel Levinas 25. Jean-François Lyotard 26. Maurice Merleau-Ponty 27. Edward W. Said 28. Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak 29. Hayden White 30. Raymond Williams
"Intended as an introduction to theoretical perspectives for undergraduates and their teachers in 'classics and theory' courses and for graduate students looking for new ways to approach their subject, the book is a model of clarity." - Arjan Zuiderhoek, Ghent University in Ancient West and East