The Cambridge Companion to Critical Theory

Author: Fred Rush

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521016896

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 376

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Critical Theory constitutes one of the major intellectual traditions of the twentieth century, and is centrally important for philosophy, political theory, aesthetics and theory of art, the study of modern European literatures and music, the history of ideas, sociology, psychology, and cultural studies. In this volume an international team of distinguished contributors examines the major figures in Critical Theory, including Horkheimer, Adorno, Marcuse, Benjamin, and Habermas, as well as lesser known but important thinkers such as Pollock and Neumann. The volume surveys the shared philosophical concerns that have given impetus to Critical Theory throughout its history, while at the same time showing the diversity among its proponents that contributes so much to its richness as a philosophical school. The result is an illuminating overview of the entire history of Critical Theory in the twentieth century, an examination of its central conceptual concerns, and an in-depth discussion of its future prospects.

The Cambridge Companion to Feminist Literary Theory

Author: Ellen Rooney

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139826638

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: N.A

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Feminism has dramatically influenced the way literary texts are read, taught and evaluated. Feminist literary theory has deliberately transgressed traditional boundaries between literature, philosophy and the social sciences in order to understand how gender has been constructed and represented through language. This lively and thought-provoking Companion presents a range of approaches to the field. Some of the essays demonstrate feminist critical principles at work in analysing texts, while others take a step back to trace the development of a particular feminist literary method. The essays draw on a range of primary material from the medieval period to postmodernism and from several countries, disciplines and genres. Each essay suggests further reading to explore this field further. This is the most accessible guide available both for students of literature new to this developing field, and for students of gender studies and readers interested in the interactions of feminism, literary criticism and literature.

The Cambridge Companion to Adorno

Author: Tom Huhn

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521775007

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 428

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Adorno was one of the main philosophers of the Frankfurt School of critical theory.

The Cambridge Companion to World Literature

Author: Ben Etherington,Jarad Zimbler

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1108471374

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 300

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This Companion presents lucid and exemplary critical essays, introducing readers to the major ideas and practices of world literary studies.

The Cambridge Companion to Narrative

Author: David Herman

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521856965

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 310

View: 8355

A unique and valuable overview of current approaches to narrative study, first published in 2007.

The Cambridge Companion to Narrative Theory

Author: Matthew Garrett

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1108428479

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 312

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Narrative theory is essential to everything from history to lyric poetry, from novels to the latest Hollywood blockbuster. Narrative theory explores how stories work and how we make them work. This Companion is both an introduction and a contribution to the field. It presents narrative theory as an approach to understanding all kinds of cultural production: from literary texts to historiography, from film and videogames to philosophical discourse. It takes the long historical view, outlines essential concepts, and reflects on the way narrative forms connect with and rework social forms. The volume analyzes central premises, identifies narrative theory's feminist foundations, and elaborates its significance to queer theory and issues of race. The specially commissioned essays are exciting to read, uniting accessibility and rigor, traditional concerns with a renovated sense of the field as a whole, and analytical clarity with stylistic dash. Topical and substantial, The Cambridge Companion to Narrative Theory is an engaging resource on a key contemporary concept.

The Cambridge Companion to Postcolonial Literary Studies

Author: Neil Lazarus

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521534185

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 301

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The Cambridge Companion to Postcolonial Literary Studies, first published in 2004, offers a lucid introduction and overview of one of the most important strands in recent literary theory and cultural studies. The volume aims to introduce readers to key concepts, methods, theories, thematic concerns, and contemporary debates in the field. Drawing on a wide range of disciplines, contributors explain the impact of history, sociology and philosophy on the study of postcolonial literatures and cultures. Topics examined include everything from anti-colonial nationalism and decolonisation to globalisation, migration flows, and the 'brain drain' which constitute the past and present of 'the postcolonial condition'. The volume also pays attention to the sociological and ideological conditions surrounding the emergence of postcolonial literary studies as an academic field in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The Companion turns an authoritative, engaged and discriminating lens on postcolonial literary studies.

The Cambridge Companion to Gadamer

Author: Robert J. Dostal

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521000413

Category: Philosophy

Page: 317

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The most convenient and accessible guide to Gadamer currently available.

The Cambridge Companion to Foucault

Author: Gary Gutting

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521840828

Category: History

Page: 465

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For Michel Foucault, philosophy was a way of questioning the allegedly necessary truths that underpin the practices and institutions of modern society. He carried this out in a series of deeply original and strikingly controversial studies on the origins of modern medical and social scientific disciplines. These studies have raised fundamental questions about the nature of human knowledge and its relation to power structures, and have become major topics of discussion throughout the humanities and social sciences. The essays in this volume provide a comprehensive overview of Foucault's major themes and texts, from his early work on madness through his history of sexuality. Special attention is also paid to thinkers and movements, from Kant through current feminist theory, that are particularly important for understanding his work and its impact. This revised edition contains five new essays and revisions of many others, and the extensive bibliography has been updated.

The Cambridge Companion to Postmodernism

Author: Steven Connor

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521648400

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 237

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The Cambridge Companion to Postmodernism offers a comprehensive introduction to postmodernism. The Companion examines the different aspects of postmodernist thought and culture that have had a significant impact on contemporary cultural production and thinking. Topics discussed by experts in the field include postmodernism's relation to modernity, and its significance and relevance to literature, film, law, philosophy, architecture, religion and modern cultural studies. The volume also includes a useful guide to further reading and a chronology. This is an essential aid for students and teachers from a range of disciplines interested in postmodernism in all its incarnations. Accessible and comprehensive, this Companion addresses the many issues surrounding this elusive, enigmatic and often controversial topic.

The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction

Author: Edward James,Farah Mendlesohn

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521016575

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 295

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Science fiction is at the intersection of numerous fields. It is a literature which draws on popular culture, and which engages in speculation about science, history, and all types of social relations. This volume brings together essays by scholars and practitioners of science fiction, which look at the genre from these different angles. It examines science fiction from Thomas More to the present day, and introduces important critical approaches including Marxism, postmodernism, feminism and queer theory. A number of well-known science fiction writers contribute to this volume.

The Cambridge Companion to Literature and Science

Author: Steven Meyer

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107079721

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 324

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This Companion shows how literature and science inform one another and that they're more closely aligned than they typically appear.

The Cambridge Companion to Walter Benjamin

Author: David S. Ferris

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521797245

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 247

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This Companion offers a comprehensive introduction to the thought of the highly influential twentieth-century critic and theorist Walter Benjamin. The volume provides examinations of the different aspects of Benjamin's work that have had a significant effect on contemporary critical and historical thought. Topics discussed by experts in the field include Benjamin's relation to the avant-garde movements of his time, his theories on language and mimesis, modernity, his significance and relevance to modern cultural studies, and his autobiographical writings. Additional material includes a guide to further reading and a chronology.

The Cambridge Companion to Literature and the Posthuman

Author: Bruce Clarke,Manuela Rossini

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107086205

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 280

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This book gathers diverse critical treatments from fifteen scholars of the posthuman and posthumanism together in a single volume.

The Cambridge Companion to Rawls

Author: Samuel Richard Freeman

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521657068

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 585

View: 1084

Each volume of this series of companions to major philosophers contains specially commissioned essays by an international team of scholars and will serve as a reference work for students and nonspecialists. John Rawls is the most significant and influential philosopher and moral philosopher of the twentieth century. His work has profoundly shaped contemporary discussions of social, political and economic justice in philosophy, law, political science, economics and other social disciplines. In this exciting collection of essays, many of the world's leading political and moral theorists discuss the full range of Rawls's contribution to the concepts of political and economic justice, democracy, liberalism, constitutionalism, and international justice. There are also assessments of Rawls's controversial relationships with feminism, utilitarianism and communitarianism. New readers will find this to be an accessible guide to Rawls. Advanced students and specialists will find a conspectus of developments in the interpretation of Rawls.

The Cambridge Companion to Freud

Author: Jerome Neu

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521377799

Category: Philosophy

Page: 356

View: 9814

This volume covers all the central topics of Freud's work, from sexuality to neurosis to morality, art, and culture.

The Cambridge Companion to Charles Dickens

Author: John O. Jordan

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107494192

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 260

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The Cambridge Companion to Charles Dickens contains fourteen specially-commissioned chapters by leading international scholars, who together provide diverse but complementary approaches to the full span of Dickens's work, with particular focus on his major fiction. The essays cover the whole range of Dickens's writing, from Sketches by Boz through The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Separate chapters address important thematic topics: childhood, the city, and domestic ideology. Others consider formal features of the novels, including their serial publication and Dickens's distinctive use of language. Three final chapters examine Dickens in relation to work in other media: illustration, theatre, and film. Each essay provides guidance to further reading. The volume as a whole offers a valuable introduction to Dickens for students and general readers, as well as fresh insights, informed by recent critical theory, that will be of interest to scholars and teachers of the novels.

The Cambridge Companion to Travel Writing

Author: Tim Youngs

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521786522

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 343

View: 1481

Traces the history of travel writing from the sixteenth century to the present, looks at areas around the world historically conducive to writing, and examines travel writing in conjunction with gender, ethnography, and theory.

The Cambridge Companion to Postmodern American Fiction

Author: Paula Geyh

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1108179444

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: N.A

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Few previous periods in the history of American literature could rival the richness of the postmodern era - the diversity of its authors, the complexity of its ideas and visions, and the multiplicity of its subjects and forms. This volume offers an authoritative, comprehensive, and accessible guide to the American fiction of this remarkable period. It traces the development of postmodern American fiction over the past half-century and explores its key aesthetic, cultural, and political contexts. It examines its principal styles and genres, from the early experiments with metafiction to the most recent developments, such as the graphic novel and digital fiction, and offers concise, compelling readings of many of its major works. An indispensable resource for students, scholars, and the general reader, the Companion both highlights the extraordinary achievements of postmodern American fiction and provides illuminating critical frameworks for understanding it.