The Routledge Companion to Critical and Cultural Theory

2nd Edition

Edited by Paul Wake, Simon Malpas

© 2013 – Routledge

344 pages

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About the Book

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

About the Editors

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).

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LITERARY CRITICISM / General