Introducing Critical Theory

A Graphic Guide

Stuart Sim and Borin van Loon
AUD $12.99

This book provides a meaningful route through the tangled jungle of competing theories.

The last few decades have seen an explosion in the production of critical theories, with deconstructionists, poststructuralists, postmodernists, second-wave feminists, new historicists, cultural materialists, postcolonialists, black critics and queer theorists, among a host of others, all vying for our attention. The world around us can look very different depending on the critical theory applied to it. This vast range of interpretations can leave one feeling confused and frustrated. Introducing Critical Theory provides a route through the tangled jungle of competing theories. It provides a context for these recent developments by situating them within the longer-term tradition of critical analysis going back to the rise of Marxism. The essential methods and objectives of each theoretical school are presented in an incisive and accessible manner. Special attention is paid to recurrent themes and concerns that have preoccupied a century of critical theoretical activity.

Author bio:

Stuart Sim is Professor of English Studies at the University of Sunderland. He is the author of Irony and Crisis and Lyotard and the Inhuman for Icon, and the Routledge Companion to Postmodernism. Borin Van Loon has worked on numerous Introducing titles. He is a freelance illustrator, surrealist painter and collagist who produces the comic strip 'The Severed Head' for The Chap magazine.

Category: Literature & literary studies
ISBN: 9781848310599
Publisher: Icon Books
Imprint: Icon
Pub Date: July 2009
Page Extent: 175
Format: Paperback
Age: 0 - 0
Subject: Literature & literary studies