Critical Keywords in Literary and Cultural Theory / Edition 1

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Rather than a straightforward dictionary of terms, this book gives students a brief introduction to each concept together with short extracts from the work of key thinkers and critics. Each term, concept or keyword and the passages discussing these are glossed and annotated; at the end of each entry a few reflective, practical questions direct the student to consider a particular aspect of the quotations and the concept they address. The book is designed to be used as a dip-in reference book as well as a guide to literary theory for practical classroom use.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780333960592
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 1/3/2004
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Julian Wolfreys is Professor of Victorian Literary and Cultural Studies, University of Florida, Gainesville.

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Table of Contents

About this Volume
Abjection 3
Aesthetics 8
Alterity 14
Aporia 19
Carnival/Carnivalesque 25
Class 31
Culture 37
Deconstruction 43
Desire 51
Difference/Difference 58
Discourse 65
Event 70
Gender 74
Hegemony 81
Hyperreality 89
Hypertext 92
I/dentity 95
Ideology 100
Imaginary-Symbolic-Real 108
Interpellation 114
Intertextuality 119
Iterability/Iteration 121
Jouissance 125
Khora/Chora 130
Literature 134
Materialism/Materiality 143
Modernism 151
Myth/ology 158
Narrative/Narration 162
Other 169
Overdetermination 176
Performativity 182
Postmodernity/Postmodernism 190
Power 197
Queer 201
Race 204
Reader/Reading 212
Sexuality/Sexual Difference 220
Simulacrum/Simulation 226
Subject/ivity 232
Uncanny 239
Unconscious 246
Writing 252
Afterword: Literary and Cultural Theory: The Contested Ground of Critical Language or, Terms, Concepts and Motifs 259
Works Cited 271
Index of Terms 292
Index of Authors 294
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