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A Critical and Cultural Theory Reader [Paperback]

Antony Easthope , Kate Mcgowan
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1 July 2004 0335213553 978-0335213559 2
Praise for the first edition "The selection is judicious and valuably supplemented by thorough commentaries that contextualise and clarify the debates and issues and the importance of each excerpt. Though today there may be many readers in and around cultural and media studies, Easthope and McGowan's remains vital!" Times Higher Educational Supplement This Reader introduces the key readings in critical and cultural theory. It guides students through the tradition of thought, from Saussure's early writings on language to contemporary commentary on world events by theorists such as Baudrillard and A iA ek. The readings are grouped according to six thematic sections: Semiology; Ideology; Subjectivity; Difference; Gender and Race; and Postmodernism. The second and expanded edition of this highly successful Reader reflects the growing diversity of the field. Featuring thirteen new essays, including essays by Homi Bhabha, Simone de Beauvoir, Franz Fanon and Judith Butler With a general introduction as well as useful introductions to each of the thematic sections Including summaries of each of the extracts -- invaluable for students and lecturers. Key reading for areas of study including cultural studies, critical theory, literature, linguistics, English, media studies, communication studies, cultural history, sociology, gender studies, visual arts, film and architecture. Essays by: Louis Althusser, Roland Barthes, Jean Baudrillard, Homi K. Bhabha, Judith Butler, Helene Cixous, Simone de Beauvoir, Ferdinand de Saussure, Jacques Derrida, Umberto Eco, Frederick Engels, Franz Fanon, Michel Foucault, Sigmund Freud, Julia Kristeva, Jacques Lacan, Jean-Francois Lyotard, Colin MacCabe, Pierre Macherey, Karl Marx, Kobena Mercer, Laura Mulvey, Rajeswari Sunder Rajan, Edward Said, Slavoj A iA ek.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Open University Press; 2 edition (1 July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0335213553
  • ISBN-13: 978-0335213559
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 178,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Kate McGowan is Senior Lecturer in English and Cultural Studies at the Manchester Metropolitan University. She is the Editor of The Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory and is a Director of the English Association. She has, at various times, held visiting fellowships in Critical Theory and Cultural Studies at the Universities of Illionis and Puerto Rico. Antony Easthope was Professor of English and Cultural Studies at the Manchester Metropolitan University. He is the author of several books including Literary into Cultural Studies, Englishness and National Culture and most recently, Privileging Difference. He has, at various times, held visiting fellowships at the Universities of Oxford, Adelaide and Virginia.

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