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  • Roland Barthes's The Death of the Author

    1st Edition

    By Laura Seymour

    Roland Barthes’s 1967 essay, "The Death of the Author," argues against the traditional practice of incorporating the intentions and biographical context of an author into textual interpretation because of the resultant limitations imposed on a text. Hailing "the birth of the reader," Barthes posits…

    Paperback – 2018-06-04
    Macat Library
    The Macat Library

  • Liberia and the Dialectic of Law

    Critical Theory, Pluralism, and the Rule of Law, 1st Edition

    By Shane Chalmers

    It is the condition of modernity that an institution cannot depend on a god, tradition, or any other transcendental source to secure its foundations, which thereby come to rest upon – or rather in, and through – its subjects. Never wholly separated from its subjects, and yet never identical with…

    Hardback – 2018-05-24
    Routledge

  • Philosophy and National Development in Nigeria

    Towards a Tradition of Nigerian Philosophy, 1st Edition

    By Adeshina Afolayan

    What does it imply for Nigerian philosophers to conscientiously and engagingly reflect on Nigeria as a place of philosophy and as a dynamic plural context of socioeconomic, political, cultural and ethnic problems? Any answer to this question automatically constitutes the opening salvo to the…

    Hardback – 2018-05-23
    Routledge
    Global Africa

  • Seyla Benhabib's The Rights of Others

    Aliens, Residents, and Citizens, 1st Edition

    By Burcu Ozcelik

    In The Rights of Others, Benhabib argues that the transnational movement of people across the globe has brought to the fore fundamental dilemmas facing liberal democracies: tension between a state’s commitment to universal human rights, and to its sovereign self-determination and its claims to…

    Paperback – 2018-05-15
    Macat Library
    The Macat Library

  • Pankaj Ghemawat's Distance Still Matters

    The Hard Reality of Global Expansion, 1st Edition

    By Alessandro Giudici, Marianna Rolbina

    "Distance Still Matters" is an influential Harvard Business Review article. In this work, Ghemawat proposes the CAGE distance framework that allows firms to consider four dimensions of international distance (cultural, administrative, geographic, and economic) when planning global expansion. Then,…

    Paperback – 2018-05-15
    Macat Library
    The Macat Library

  • William H. Whyte's The Organization Man

    1st Edition

    By Nikki Springer

    William Whyte’s core idea in The Organization Man is that the Protestant Ethic that characterized financial and personal success in American history had been replaced in modern times by the Social Ethic. This stressed the group as the source of creativity and emphasized that the greatest need of…

    Paperback – 2018-05-15
    Macat Library
    The Macat Library

  • James Surowiecki's The Wisdom of Crowds

    Why the Many are Smarter than the Few and How Collective Wisdom Shapes Business, Economics, Societies, and Nations, 1st Edition

    By Nikki Springer

    In The Wisdom of Crowds, New Yorker columnist, Surowiecki, explores the question of whether the many are better than an elite few – no matter their qualifications – at solving problems, promoting innovation and making wise decisions. Surowiecki’s text uses multiple case studies and touches on the…

    Paperback – 2018-05-15
    Macat Library
    The Macat Library

  • Jacques Derrida's Structure, Sign, and Play in the Discourse of Human Sciences

    1st Edition

    By Tim Smith-Laing

    Jacques Derrida’s Structure, Sign, and Play is one of the most controversial and influential philosophical texts of the 20th century. Delivered at a conference on structuralism at Johns Hopkins, the lecture took aim at the critical and philosophical fashions of the time and radically proposing a…

    Paperback – 2018-05-15
    Macat Library
    The Macat Library

  • Michel Foucault's What is an Author?

    1st Edition

    By Tim Smith-Laing

    Michel Foucault’s 1969 essay “What is an Author?” sidesteps the stormy arguments surrounding “intentional fallacy” and the “death of the author,” offering an entirely different way of looking at texts. Foucault points out that all texts are written but not all are discussed as having “authors”. So…

    Paperback – 2018-05-15
    Macat Library
    The Macat Library

  • An Analysis of Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar’s The Madwoman in the Attic: The Woman Writer and the Nineteenth-Century Literary Imagination

    1st Edition

    By Rebecca Pohl

    The 1979 publication of Susan Gubar and Sandra M. Gilbert’s ground-breaking study The Madwoman in the Attic marked a founding moment in feminist literary history as much as feminist literary theory. In their extensive study of nineteenth-century women’s writing, Gubar and Gilbert offer radical…

    Paperback – 2018-05-15
    Macat Library
    The Macat Library

  • Stephen Greenblatt's Renaissance Self-Fashioning

    From More to Shakespeare, 1st Edition

    By Liam Haydon

    What is a self? Greenblatt argues that the 16th century saw the awakening of modern self-consciousness, the ability to fashion an identity out of the culture and politics of one’s society. In a series of brilliant readings, Greenblatt shows how identity is constructed in the work of Shakespeare,…

    Paperback – 2018-05-15
    Macat Library
    The Macat Library

  • Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick's Epistemology of the Closet

    1st Edition

    By Christien Garcia

    In this book, Sedgwick examines texts from Europe and America such as Wilde, Nietzsche and Proust and considers the historical moment when sexual orientation came to be as important a signifier of personhood as gender had been for centuries. In doing this, Sedgwick provides a history of sexuality…

    Paperback – 2018-05-15
    Macat Library
    The Macat Library

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