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New Directions in Criticism

Edited by Martin McQuillan, Robin Purves, Graeme Macdonald

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Post-Theory brings together some of the most prominent figures and rising stars in the field of Critical Theory. Essays consider such issues as: the current state of Critical Theory; the type of work Theory has made possible; and the future of theory. Opening with a Preface by Ernesto Laclau, the book closes with a 'Post-Word' from Helene Cixous. This volume of new work features examples of new theoretical possibilities. Contributors include: Catherine Besley, Geoffrey Bennington, Hélène Cixous, Patricia Duncker, Lorna Hutson, Ernesto Laclau, Julian Murphet, Christopher Norris, Nicholas Royle, Robert Smith and Eric Woehrling.

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About the Author

Martin McQuillan was Professor of Literary Theory and Cultural Analysis at the London Graduate School and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Kingston University, London. His recent publications include Deconstruction After 9/11(London: Routledge, 2008) and Roland Barthes, or, The Profession of Cultural Studies (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).

Senior Lecturer in English Literature & Creative Writing at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Central Lancashire

Graeme MacDonald is a Lecturer in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick. He is a co-editor of Post-Theory: New Directions in Criticism (Edinburgh University Press, 1999).


A really extraordinary collection of important voices.
- Professor Robert Con Davis, University of Oklahoma