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The Edinburgh Companion to Critical Theory

Edited by Stuart Sim

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A wide-ranging reference guide to the changing role of critical theory in the twenty-first century

Featuring an international team of specialists on the subject, The Edinburgh Companion to Critical Theory provides a comprehensive analysis of the changing role of critical theory in the new century. Taking note of the many new theoretical and socio-political developments in recent years, the volume conclusively demonstrates critical theory's continuing relevance across disciplines ranging from the arts and social sciences through to the hard sciences. Being theoretically informed is not an optional part of study any more, it is a necessary, central part, and The Companion will bring you up to date with what is happening across the spectrum of critical theory.

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Introduction, Stuart Sim
Part I: Marxism
Introduction to Marxism
1. Marxism: Philosophy & Social Theory, Stuart Sim
2. Western Marxism, Stuart Sim
3. Post-Marxism, Stuart Sim
Part II: Structuralism
Introduction to Structuralism
4. Structuralism & Semiotics, Georges Van Den Abbeele
5. Genetic Structuralism, Marcel Danesi
Part III: Poststructuralism
Introduction to Poststructuralism
6. Phenomenology, Derek M. Robbins
7. Deconstruction, Nikolai Duffy
8. Discourse Theory, Georges Van Den Abbeele
Part IV: Postmodernism
Introduction to Postmodernism
9. Philosophical Postmodernism: From Adorno & Derrida to Foucault, Philip Goldstein
10. Postmodern Aesthetics, Nikolai Duffy
Part V: Postcolonialism
Introduction to Postcolonialism
11. Postcolonial Theory & Criticism, Claire Nally
12. Black Studies, Bella Adams
13. Critical Race Theory, Bella Adams
Part VI: Gender
Introduction to Gender
14. Queer Theory, Gareth Longstaff
15. Men, Masculinity Studies & Critical Studies, Chris Haywood & Mairtin Mac an Ghaill
Part VII: Feminism
Introduction To Feminism
16. First & Second Wave Feminism, Claire Nally
17. After de Beauvoir: 'French' Feminism & Sexual Difference, Carole Sweeney
18. Post-Feminism, Stephanie Genz
Part VIII: Historicism
Introduction to Historicism
19. Reception & Reader-Response Theory, Bruce Harding
20. New Historicism, Bruce Harding
21. Cultural Materialism, Neema Parvini
Part IX: Formalism
Introduction to Formalism
22. Russian Formalism & Narratology, Georges Van Den Abbeele
23. New Criticism, Graham Allen
Part X: Science & Critical Theory
Introduction to Science & Critical Theory
24 Critical Theory & Paradigm Shift, Arkady Plotnitsky
25. Critical Theory & Mathematics & Science, Arkady Plotnitsky
26. Cognitive Science & Critical Theory, Peter Garratt
Part XI: Psychoanalysis & Critical Theory
Introduction to Psychoanalysis & Critical Theory
27. Freudian Psychoanalysis, Geoffrey Boucher
28. Lacanian Psychoanalysis & Critical Theory, Matthew Sharpe
Notes on Contributors.

About the Author

Stuart Sim is retired Professor of Critical Theory at Northumbria University. He has published widely on critical theory, and is a Fellow of the English Association. Amongst his recent publications are The Lyotard Dictionary (2011), Addicted to Profit: Reclaiming Our Lives from the Free Market (2012), Fifty Key Postmodern Thinkers (2013), and, with Brett Wilson and Barbara Hawkins (eds) Art, Science & Cultural Understanding (2014).

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