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Critical Evaluations in Cultural Theory


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Roland Barthes

Roland Barthes

1st Edition

Neil Badmington
December 15, 2009

Thirty years ago the English-speaking world was discovering the work of some of the key poststructuralist theorists for the first time: Jacques Derrida’s Of Grammatology had just appeared in translation, as had Roland Barthes’ S/Z, Jacques Lacan’s Écrits, Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari’s...

French Feminists

French Feminists

1st Edition

Jennifer Hansen, Ann Cahill
November 26, 2007

Although at times criticized for its philosophical density, French cultural theory remains a flourishing, if highly contested, area of academic study. Four feminist thinkers in this tradition continue to be especially prominent: Simone de Beauvoir, Julia Kristeva, Hélène Cixous, and Luce Irigaray....

Theodor Adorno: Critical Evaluations in Cultural Theory

Theodor Adorno: Critical Evaluations in Cultural Theory

1st Edition

Simon Jarvis
November 30, 2006

Theodor Adorno was a German philosopher, sociologist and musicologist and was a leading member and eventually director of the Frankfurt Institute for Social Research. Adorno studied an extraordinary range of subjects during his lifetime – from dialectical logic and the syntax of poetry to...

Jean-François Lyotard

Jean-François Lyotard

1st Edition

Gregg Lambert, Victor E. Taylor
December 22, 2005

Jean-François Lyotard's importance to modern philosophy cannot be overstated. Often associated with the concept of postmodernism, Lyotard was a central figure in the 'theory debates' during the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. His writings across the disciplines strongly influenced the current shape of...

Marshall McLuhan

Marshall McLuhan

1st Edition

Gary Genosko
December 17, 2004

This collection contains key critical essays and assessments of the writings of Canadian communications thinker Marshall McLuhan selected from the voluminous output of the past forty years. McLuhan's famous aphorisms and uncanny ability to sense megatrends are once again in circulation across and...

Walter Benjamin:Critical Evaluations 3V: Critical Evaluations in Cultural Theory

Walter Benjamin:Critical Evaluations 3V: Critical Evaluations in Cultural Theory

1st Edition

Peter Osborne
November 25, 2004

No other single author has so commanding a critical presence across so many disciplines within the arts and humanities, in so many national contexts, as Walter Benjamin (1892-1940). The belated reception of his work as a literary critic (dating from the late 1950s) has been followed by a rapid...

Jacques Lacan: Critical Evaluations in Cultural Theory

Jacques Lacan: Critical Evaluations in Cultural Theory

1st Edition

Slavoj Zizek
December 05, 2002

Jacques Lacan (1901-1980) is undoubtedly the central figure of psychoanalysis in the second half of the 20th century. He not only revolutionized the psychoanalytic practice, but in his 'return to Freud', he also deployed a global reinterpretation of the entire structural linguistics and...

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