The Cambridge Companion to Critical Theory

Author: Fred Rush

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521016896

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 376

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An illuminating and authoritative guide to Critical Theory by an international team of distinguished contributors.

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 Habermas

Author: Stephen K. White

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521446662

Category: Philosophy

Page: 354

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Jurgen Habermas is unquestionably one of the foremost philosophers writing today. His notions of communicative action and rationality have exerted a profound influence within philosophy and the social sciences. This volume examines the historical and intellectual contexts out of which Habermas' work emerged, and offers an overview of his main ideas, including those in his most recent publication. Amongst the topics discussed are his relationship to the Frankfurt School of critical theory and Marx, his unique contributions to the philosophy of the social sciences, the concept of 'communicative ethics', and the critique of post-modernism. New readers and non-specialists will find this the most convenient, accessible guide to Habermas currently available. Advanced students will find a conspectus of recent developments in the interpretation of Habermas.

The Cambridge Companion to Hume

Author: David Fate Norton,Professor of Philosophy David Fate Norton

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521387101

Category: Philosophy

Page: 400

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All facets of Hume's output are discussed in this volume, the first genuinely comprehensive overview of his work.

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 Thomas Hardy

Author: Dale Kramer

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521566926

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 231

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Twelve commissioned essays provide an essential introduction to Thomas Hardy.

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 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 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,Professor of Philosophy Gary Gutting

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521408875

Category: Philosophy

Page: 360

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This volume presents a systematic and comprehensive overview of Foucault's major themes and texts, from his early work on madness through his history of sexuality, and relates his work to significant contemporary movements such as critical theory and feminism. The volume includes the first English translation of George Canguilhem's much cited essay on The Order of Things, and a pseudonymous dictionary entry on Foucault that was probably written by Foucault himself shortly before his death.

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 Charles Dickens

Author: John O. Jordan

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521669641

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 235

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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 Heidegger

Author: Charles Guignon

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521385978

Category: Philosophy

Page: 389

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Martin Heidegger is now widely recognized alongside Wittgenstein as one of the greatest philosophers of the twentieth century. He redefined the central task of philosophy as the investigation of the nature of being, and has exerted a profound impact on literary theory, theology, psychotherapy, political theory, aesthetics, environmental studies, as well as mainstream philosophy. His thought has contributed to the recent turn to hermeneutics in philosophy and the social sciences, and to current post-modern and post-structuralist developments. The disclosing of his deep involvement in the ideology of Nazism has provoked much debate about the relation of philosophy to politics. This volume contains both overviews of Heidegger's life and works and analysis of his most important work, Being and Time. In addition there are discussions of Heidegger's thought in relation to mysticism, traditional theology, ecology, psychotherapy, and the philosophy of language. The volume also contains the first in-depth study of what has been called Heidegger's second greatest work, the Beitrage zur Philosophie.

The Cambridge Companion to Chaucer

Author: Piero Boitani,Jill Mann

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521894678

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 317

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The Cambridge Companion to Chaucer is an extensively revised version of the first edition, which has become a classic in the field. This new volume responds to the success of the first edition and to recent debates in Chaucer Studies. Important material has been updated, and new contributions have been commissioned to take into account recent trends in literary theory as well as in studies of Chaucer's works. New chapters cover the literary inheritance traceable in his works to French and Italian sources, his style, as well as new approaches to his work. Other topics covered include the social and literary scene in England in Chaucer's time, and comedy, pathos and romance in the Canterbury Tales. The volume now offers a useful chronology, and the bibliography has been entirely updated to provide an indispensable guide for today's student of Chaucer.

The Cambridge Companion to C. S. Lewis

Author: Robert MacSwain,Michael Ward

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139828320

Category: Religion

Page: N.A

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A distinguished academic, influential Christian apologist, and best-selling author of children's literature, C. S. Lewis is a controversial and enigmatic figure who continues to fascinate, fifty years after his death. This Companion is a comprehensive single-volume study written by an international team of scholars to survey Lewis's career as a literary historian, popular theologian, and creative writer. Twenty-one expert voices from the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, Princeton University, and Wheaton College, among many other places of learning, analyze Lewis's work from theological, philosophical, and literary perspectives. Some chapters consider his professional contribution to fields such as critical theory and intellectual history, while others assess his views on issues including moral knowledge, gender, prayer, war, love, suffering, and Scripture. The final chapters investigate his work as a writer of fiction and poetry. Original in its approach and unique in its scope, this Companion shows that C. S. Lewis was much more than merely the man behind Narnia.

The Cambridge Companion to Frankenstein

Author: Andrew Smith

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1316760464

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: N.A

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The Cambridge Companion to Frankenstein consists of sixteen original essays on Mary Shelley's novel by leading scholars, providing an invaluable introduction to Frankenstein and its various critical contexts. Theoretically informed but accessibly written, this volume relates Frankenstein to various social, literary, scientific and historical contexts, and outlines how critical theories such as ecocriticism, posthumanism, and queer theory generate new and important discussion in illuminating ways. The volume also explores the cultural afterlife of the novel including its adaptations in various media such as drama, film, television, graphic novels, and literature aimed at children and young adults. Written by an international team of leading experts, the essays provide new insights into the novel and the various critical approaches which can be applied to it. The volume is an essential guide to students and academics who are interested in Frankenstein and who wish to know more about its complex literary history.

The Cambridge Companion to Philosophical Methodology

Author: Giuseppina D'Oro,Søren Overgaard

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107121523

Category: History

Page: 496

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The volume provides clear and comprehensive coverage of the main methodological debates and approaches within philosophy. The book gives equal weight to analytical and continental approaches, and pays attention to approaches that are often overlooked.

Social Acceleration

A New Theory of Modernity

Author: Hartmut Rosa

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231519885

Category: Philosophy

Page: 512

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Hartmut Rosa advances an account of the temporal structure of society from the perspective of critical theory. He identifies three categories of change in the tempo of modern social life: technological acceleration, evident in transportation, communication, and production; the acceleration of social change, reflected in cultural knowledge, social institutions, and personal relationships; and acceleration in the pace of life, which happens despite the expectation that technological change should increase an individual's free time. According to Rosa, both the structural and cultural aspects of our institutions and practices are marked by the "shrinking of the present," a decreasing time period during which expectations based on past experience reliably match the future. When this phenomenon combines with technological acceleration and the increasing pace of life, time seems to flow ever faster, making our relationships to each other and the world fluid and problematic. It is as if we are standing on "slipping slopes," a steep social terrain that is itself in motion and in turn demands faster lives and technology. As Rosa deftly shows, this self-reinforcing feedback loop fundamentally determines the character of modern life.

Kinder – Schule – Staat

Der Schweizer Schuldiskurs 2006 bis 2010

Author: Achim Brosziewski,Alex Knoll,Christoph Maeder

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

ISBN: 3658196866

Category: Social Science

Page: 251

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Die Autoren untersuchen die diskursiven Formationen, Dispositive und Strategien in staatlichen, massenmedialen und verbandlichen Texten zur Schule. Es dominieren Zuschreibungen von rechtlichen Zuständigkeiten, Dramatisierungen des Schulgeschehens und Sorgen um das pädagogisch Maßvolle. „Elternbildung“ lässt die Schule auf „defizitäre“ Eltern zugreifen. Fragen der Unterrichtssprache werden sozialstaatlich und kulturpolitisch aufgeladen. „Wahrheiten“ über die Schule werden im Muster des Fraktals produziert, als Vereinfachung und Aufrundung zu einem großen Ganzen: die Schule als Steuerungsobjekt des Staates, als Investitionsprogramm und als Sinnbild zur Lage der Nation.