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Kenneth Burke: Rhetoric and Ideology

Kenneth Burke: Rhetoric and Ideology

1st Edition

Stephen Bygrave
September 10, 2015

Kenneth Burke: Rhetoric and Ideology is a lucid and accessible introduction to a major twentieth-century thinker those ideas have influenced fields as diverse as literary theory, philosophy, linguistics, politics and anthropology. Stephen Bygrave explores the content of Burke's vast output of work,...

William Empson: Prophet Against Sacrifice

William Empson: Prophet Against Sacrifice

1st Edition

Paul H. Fry
July 17, 2014

William Empson: Prophet Against Sacrifice provides the most coherent account of Empson's diverse career to date. While exploring the richness of Empson's comic genius, Paul H. Fry serves to discredit the appropriation of his name in recent polemic by the conflicting parties of deconstruction and...

Geoffrey Hartman: Criticism as Answerable Style

Geoffrey Hartman: Criticism as Answerable Style

1st Edition

G. Douglas Atkins
July 17, 2014

`The critic explicitly acknowledges his dependence on prior words that make his word a kind of answer. He calls to other texts "that they might answer him."' Geoffrey Hartman is the first book devoted to an exploration of the `intellectual poetry' of the critic who, whether or not he `represents...

Antonio Gramsci: Beyond Marxism and Postmodernism

Antonio Gramsci: Beyond Marxism and Postmodernism

1st Edition

Renate Holub
April 24, 2014

This book provides the first detailed account of Gramsci's work in the context of current critical and socio-cultural debates. Renate Holub argues that Gramsci was ahead of his time in offering a theory of art, politics and cultural production. Gramsci's achievement is discussed particularly in...

Ezra Pound as Literary Critic

Ezra Pound as Literary Critic

1st Edition

Emeritus Professor K K Ruthven, K. K. Ruthven
December 12, 2013

Bringing some of the insights of modern critical theory to bear on a great deal of information about Pound's activities as a literary critic (some of it made available only recently), K.K. Ruthven provides a provocative re-reading of a major modernist writer who dominated the discourse of modernism....

Mikhail Bakhtin: The Word in the World

Mikhail Bakhtin: The Word in the World

1st Edition

Graham Pechey
April 10, 2007

Mikhail Bakhtin is one of the most influential theorists of philosophy as well as literary studies. His work on dialogue and discourse has changed the way in which we read texts – both literary and cultural – and his practice of philosophy in literary refraction and philological exploration has...

Raymond Williams: Literature, Marxism and Cultural Materialism

Raymond Williams: Literature, Marxism and Cultural Materialism

1st Edition

John Higgins
March 18, 1999

Raymond Williams' prolific output is increasingly recognised as the most influential body of work on literary and cultural studies in the past fifty years. This book provides the most comprehensive study to date of the theoretical and historical context of Williams' thinking on literature, politics...

Jacques Derrida: Opening Lines

Jacques Derrida: Opening Lines

1st Edition

Dr Marian Hobson, Marian Hobson
September 03, 1998

In Jacques Derrida: Opening Lines, Marian Hobson gives us a thorough and elegant analysis of this controversial and seminal contemporary thinker. Looking closely at the language and the construction of some of Derrida's philosophy, Hobson suggests the way he writes, indeed the fact he writes in...

Roman Jakobson: Life, Language and Art

Roman Jakobson: Life, Language and Art

1st Edition

Richard Bradford
April 14, 1994

In Roman Jakobson Richard Bradford reasserts the value of Jakobson's work, arguing that he has a great deal to offer contemporary critical theory and providing a critical appraisal the sweep of Jakobson's career. Bradford re-establishes Jakobson's work as vital to our understanding of the...

Northrop Frye: The Theoretical Imagination

Northrop Frye: The Theoretical Imagination

1st Edition

Jonathan Hart
April 07, 1994

First published in 1994. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company....

Jurgen Habermas: Critic in the Public Sphere

Jurgen Habermas: Critic in the Public Sphere

1st Edition

Robert C. Holub
September 05, 1991

The most important intellectual in the Federal Republic of Germany for the past three decades, Habermas has been a seminal contributor to fields ranging from sociology and political science to philosophy and cultural studies. Although he has stood at the centre of concern in his native land, he has...

Introducing Lyotard: Art and Politics

Introducing Lyotard: Art and Politics

1st Edition

Bill Readings
January 10, 1991

The first truly introductory text on Lyotard, this book situates Lyotard's interventions in the postmodern debate in the wider context of his rethinking of the politics of representation. Bill Readings examines Lyotard's relationship to structuralism, Marxism and semiotics, and contrasts his work...

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