A Critical and Cultural Theory Reader (2nd edition)

A Critical and Cultural Theory Reader (2nd edition)

By: Kate McGowan (author), Antony Easthope (author)Paperback

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Praise for the first edition "The selection is judicious and valuably supplemented by thorough commentaries that contextualise and clarify the debates and issues and the importance of each excerpt. Though today there may be many readers in and around cultural and media studies, Easthope and McGowan's remains vital..." Times Higher Educational SupplementThis Reader introduces the key readings in critical and cultural theory. It guides students through the tradition of thought, from Saussure's early writings on language to contemporary commentary on world events by theorists such as Baudrillard and Zizek. The readings are grouped according to six thematic sections: Semiology; Ideology; Subjectivity; Difference; Gender and Race; and Postmodernism. The second and expanded edition of this highly successful Reader reflects the growing diversity of the field. Featuring thirteen new essays, including essays by Homi Bhabha, Simone de Beauvoir, Franz Fanon and Judith Butler With a general introduction as well as useful introductions to each of the thematic sections Including summaries of each of the extracts - invaluable for students and lecturers. Key reading for areas of study including cultural studies, critical theory, literature, linguistics, English, media studies, communication studies, cultural history, sociology, gender studies, visual arts, film and architecture. Essays by: Louis Althusser, Roland Barthes, Jean Baudrillard, Homi K. Bhabha, Judith Butler, Helene Cixous, Simone de Beauvoir, Ferdinand de Saussure, Jacques Derrida, Umberto Eco, Frederick Engels, Franz Fanon, Michel Foucault, Sigmund Freud, Julia Kristeva, Jacques Lacan, Jean-Francois Lyotard, Colin MacCabe, Pierre Macherey, Karl Marx, Kobena Mercer, Laura Mulvey, Rajeswari Sunder Rajan, Edward Said, Slavoj Zizek.

About Author

Kate McGowan is Senior Lecturer in English and Cultural Studies at the Manchester Metropolitan University. She is the Editor of The Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory and is a Director of the English Association. She has, at various times, held visiting fellowships in Critical Theory and Cultural Studies at the Universities of Illionis and Puerto Rico. Antony Easthope was Professor of English and Cultural Studies at the Manchester Metropolitan University. He is the author of several books including Literary into Cultural Studies, Englishness and National Culture and most recently, Privileging Difference. He has, at various times, held visiting fellowships at the Universities of Oxford, Adelaide and Virginia.


Section 1: SemiologyIntroduction 1.1 Ferdinand de Saussure, from Course in General Linguistics 1.2 Roland Barthes, from Mythologies 1.3 Pierre Macherey, from A Theory of Literary Production 1.4 Umberto Eco, from The Narrative Structure in Fleming 1.5 Colin MacCabe, from Realism and the Cinema Section 2: Ideology Introduction 2.1 Karl Marx, from Preface to the Cinema 2.2 Karl Marx and Frederick Engels, from The German Ideology 2.3 Louis Althusser, from Ideology and Ideological State Apparatus 2.4 Simone de Beauvoir, from The Second Sex 2.5 Edward Said, from Orientalism 2.6 Homi K. Bhabha, from The Other Question 2.7 Slavoj Zizek, from The Sublime Object of Ideology Section 3: Subjectivity Introduction 3.1 Sigmund Freud, from Beyond the Pleasure Principle 3.2 Jacques Lacan, the Mirror Stage from Ecrits 3.3 Franz Fanon, from Black Skins, White Masks 3.4 Julia Kristevea, from The System and the Speaking Subject 3.5 Michel Foucault, from Discipline and Punish 3.6 Michel Foucault, from The History of Sexuality 3.7 Roland Barthes, from The Pleasure of the Text Section 4: Difference Introduction 4.1 Jacques Derrida Differance Section 5: Gender Introduction 5.1 Sigmund Freud, On the Universal Tendency... 5.2 Helene Cixous, from Sorties 5.3 Laura Mulvey, from Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema 5.4 Manthia Diawara, from Black Spectatorship 5.5 Kobena Mercer, from Reading Racial Fetishism 5.6 Rajeswari Sunder Rajan, from Real and Imagined Women 5.7 Judith Butler, from Gender Trouble 5.8 Homi K. Bhabha, from "Race", Time and the Revision of Modernity Section 6: Postmodernism Introduction 6.1 Jean-Francois Lyotard, from The Postmodern Condition 6.2 Jean Baudrillard, from Simulations 6.3 Jean-Francois Lyotard, from The Inhuman 6.4 Jacques Derrida, from The Gift of Death 6.5 Jean Baudrillard, from The Spirit of Terrorism 6.6 Slavoj Zizek, from Welcome to the Desert of the Real Summaries Biographies References and Index

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  • ISBN13: 9780335213559
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 304
  • ID: 9780335213559
  • weight: 1
  • ISBN10: 0335213553
  • edition: 2nd edition

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