Post-theory

Post-theory : New Directions in Criticism

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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, Helene Cixous, Patricia Duncker, Lorna Hutson, Ernesto Laclau, Julian Murphet, Christopher Norris, Nicholas Royle, Robert Smith and Eric Woehrling. Key Features * Ground-breaking collection of opinion-changing work * Timely and topical intervention into Critical Theory * Wide range of approaches and examples of theoretical possibilities * Contributors include huge names in the field, such as Catherine Besley, Geoffrey Bennington, Helene Cixous, Patricia Duncker, Lorna Hutson, Ernesto Laclau, Julian Murphet, Christopher Norris, Nicholas Royle, Robert Smith and Eric Woehrlingshow more

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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 24mm | 541g
  • EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0748610650
  • 9780748610655

Table of contents

Part 1 Deja vu: deja vu, Nicholas Royle; deconstruction and the "unfinished project of modernity", Christopher Norris; post-gender - Jurassic feminism meets queer politics, Patricia Duncker; the pleasures of labour - Marxist aesthetics in a post-Marxist world, Anthony Easthope; is the novel original? Derrida and modernity, Eric Woehrling; Pierre Bourdieu and the chronotopes of "post-theory", Jeremy Lane. Part 2 Inter: inter, Geoffrey Bennington. Part 3 The post-theory condition: English studies in the postmodern condition - towards a place for the signifier, Catherine Belsey; Ethopoeia, source study and legal history - a post-theoretical approach to the question of "character" in Shakespearean drama, Lorna Hutson; The death drive does not think, Robert Smith; "various infinitudes" - narration, embodiment and ontology in Beckett's "How it is" and Spinoza's "Ethics", Alex Houen; said after theory - the limits of counterpoint, Charles Forsdick; grounding theory - literary theory and the new geography, Julia Murphet. Post-word, Helene Cixous.show more

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

About Martin McQuillan

Martin McQuillan is Professor of Literary Theory and Cultural Analysis and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Kingston University, London. His recent publications include Deconstruction After 9/11 and Roland Barthes, or, The Profession of Cultural Studies. 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).show more

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