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Hans-Georg Gadamer

Hans-Georg Gadamer

1st Edition

Karl Simms
March 23, 2015

Hans-Georg Gadamer’s theory of hermeneutics is one of the most important modern theories of interpretation and understanding, and at its heart is the experience of reading literature. In this clear and comprehensive guide to Gadamer’s thought, Karl Simms: presents an overview of Gadamer’s life and...

Mikhail Bakhtin

Mikhail Bakhtin

1st Edition

Alastair Renfrew
November 20, 2014

Mikhail Bakhtin was one of the twentieth century’s most influential literary theorists. This accessible introduction to his thought begins with the questions ‘Why Bakhtin?’ and ‘Who was Bakhtin?’, before dealing in detail with his ideas on authorship and subjecthood, language, dialogism,...

Paul Gilroy

Paul Gilroy

1st Edition

Paul Williams
December 13, 2012

Paul Gilroy has been a controversial force at the forefront of debates around race, nation, and diaspora. Working across a broad range of disciplines, Gilroy has argued that racial identities are historically constructed, formed by colonization, slavery, nationalist philosophies, and consumer...

Frantz Fanon

Frantz Fanon

1st Edition

Pramod K. Nayar
November 16, 2012

Frantz Fanon has established a position as a leading anticolonial thinker, through key texts such as Black Skin, White Masks and The Wretched of the Earth. He has influenced the work of thinkers from Edward Said and Homi Bhabha to Paul Gilroy, but his complex work is often misinterpreted as an...

Martin Heidegger

Martin Heidegger

2nd Edition

Timothy Clark
March 25, 2011

Since the publication of his mammoth work, Being and Time, Martin Heidegger has remained one of the most influential figures in contemporary thought, and is a key influence for modern literary and cultural theory. This guidebook provides an ideal entry-point for readers new to Heidegger,...

Giorgio Agamben

Giorgio Agamben

1st Edition

Alex Murray
April 14, 2010

Giorgio Agamben is one of the most important and controversial figures in contemporary continental philosophy and critical theory. His work covers a broad array of topics from biblical criticism to Guantanamo Bay and the ‘war on terror’. Alex Murray explains Agamben’s key ideas, including: an...

Jean-Paul Sartre

Jean-Paul Sartre

1st Edition

Christine Daigle
October 16, 2009

A critical figure in twentieth-century literature and philosophy, Jean-Paul Sartre changed the course of critical thought, and claimed a new, important role for the intellectual. Christine Daigle sets Sartre’s thought in context, and considers a number of key ideas in detail, charting their impact...

F.R. Leavis

F.R. Leavis

1st Edition

Richard Storer
July 14, 2009

‘informative, succint, circumspect; an exacting introduction to Leavis as an incisive master critic. Ideal for today’s students and general readers’ – Chris Terry, Times Higher Education F.R. Leavis is a landmark figure in twentieth-century literary criticism and theory. His outspoken and...

Sigmund Freud

Sigmund Freud

2nd Edition

Pamela Thurschwell
April 27, 2009

The work of Sigmund Freud has penetrated almost every area of literary theory and cultural studies, as well as contemporary culture. Pamela Thurschwell explains and contextualises psychoanalytic theory and its meaning for modern thinking. This updated second edition explores developments and...

Jean Baudrillard

Jean Baudrillard

2nd Edition

Richard J. Lane
December 08, 2008

Jean Baudrillard is one of the most controversial theorists of our time, famous for his claim that the Gulf War never happened and for his provocative writing on terrorism, specifically 9/11. This new and fully updated second edition includes: an introduction to Baudrillard’s key works and...

Edward Said

Edward Said

2nd Edition

Bill Ashcroft, Pal Ahluwalia
October 16, 2008

Edward Said is perhaps best known as the author of the landmark study Orientalism, a book which changed the face of critical theory and shaped the emerging field of post-colonial studies, and for his controversial journalism on the Palestinian political situation. Looking at the context and the...

Hannah Arendt

Hannah Arendt

1st Edition

Simon Swift
October 06, 2008

Hannah Arendt's work offers a powerful critical engagement with the cultural and philosophical crises of mid-twentieth-century Europe. Her idea of the banality of evil, made famous after her report on the trial of the Nazi war criminal, Adolf Eichmann, remains controversial to this day. In the face...

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