Everyday Theory: A Contemporary Reader / Edition 1

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Everyday Theory introduces students to theory and how it applies to everyday life. By making students aware of their role as theorists in their own right, the authors reduce students' anxiety level.

Everday Theory lends itself to all sorts of approaches, for it provides a thematic table of contents as well as an alternative table of contents that would allow teachers to teach theory in very innovative ways as well as very traditional (by schools of thought, methodology, and chronology, for example).

Those interested in an introduction to critical theory.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321195401
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 6/24/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 848
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Table of Contents

This tentative table of contents is for early review purposes; the final version may or may not include all of the selections listed here. Each part concludes with “Questions to Consider.”



Why Everyday Theory?

What Is The Everyday?

What Is Theory?

How Do The Two Intersect?

Illustrating The Intersection.

How Do We Read Theory?

How Do We Understand Theory's Purpose?

Watching A Theorist At Work.

Reading Selections.


An Introduction.

Sartre, Jean-Paul: “Why Write?”

Poulet, Georges: “Phenomenology of Reading.”

Barthes, Roland: “An Almost Obsessive Relation to Writing Instruments.”

Culler, Jonathan: “Literary Competence.”

Hayles, N. Katherine: “The Condition of Virtuality.”


An Introduction.

Geertz, Clifford: “Blurred Genres.”

Derrida, Jacques: “The Principal of Reason.”

Bourdieu, Pierre: “Introduction” to Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgment of Taste.

Pratt, Mary Louise: “Humanities for the Future: Reflections on the Western Culture Debate at Stanford.”

Rorty, Richard: “The Inspirational Value of Great Works of Literature.”


An Introduction.

Foucault, Michel: “Panopticism.”

Fussell, Paul: “An Anatomy of the Classes.”

Jameson, Fredric: “Postmodernism and Consumer Society.”

Guillory, John: “Canonical and Noncanonical: The Current Debate.”

Winterson, Jeanette: “Imagination and Reality.”


An Introduction.

Fanon, Frantz: “On National Culture.”

Clifford, James: “Introduction: The Pure Products Go Crazy.”

Hall, Stuart: “Cultural Identity and Diaspora.”

Anzaldúa, Gloria: “Chicana Artists: Exploring Nepantla, el Lugar de la Frontera.”

Bhabha, Homi: “Border Lives: The Art of the Present.”


An Introduction.

Baym, Nina: “Melodramas of Beset Manhood.”

Knapp, Steven and Walter Benn Michaels: “Against Theory.”

Said, Edward: “The Politics of Knowledge.”

Fish, Stanley: “Rhetoric.”

Mouffe, Chantal: “Feminism, Citizenship, and Radical Democratic Politics.”


An Introduction.

Sontag, Susan: “Against Interpretation.”

Mulvey, Laura: “Fears, Fantasies, and the Male Unconscious or 'You Don't Know What is Happening, Do You, My Jones'?"

Baker, Houston: “Blues, Ideology, and Afro-American Literature.”

Danto, Arthur C.: “Pop Art and Past Futures.”

iek, Slavoj: “The Matrix: Or, The Two Sides of Perversion.”


An Introduction.

Johnson, Barbara: “The Critical Difference: BartheS/BalZac.”

Sedgwick, Eve: From the “Introduction” to Between Men.

Deleuze, Gilles: “The Language of Sade and Masoch.”

Salecl, Renata: “Love: Providence or Despair.”

Irigaray, Luce: “I Love To You.”


An Introduction.

Lacan, Jacques: “The Mirror Stage.”

Wittig, Monique: “One Is Not Born a Woman.”

Bynum, Caroline W.: “The Female Body and Religious Practice in the Later Middle Ages.”

Vernant, Jean-Pierre: “Dim Body, Dazzling Body.”

Bellah, Robert: “Civil Religion in America.”


An Introduction.

Burke, Kenneth: “Literature as Equipment for Living.”

Kuhn, Thomas: “The Historical Structure of Scientific Discovery.”

Greenblatt, Stephen: “Learning to Curse.”

Haraway, Donna: “A Cyborg Manifesto.”

Hochschild, Arlie R.: “From the Frying Pan into the Fire.”

Appendix A: Alternate Table of Contents.

Appendix B: Foundational Texts.

Plato, The Republic, Book X.

Wordsworth, Preface to Lyrical Ballads.

Nietzsche, “On Truth and Lying in a Non-Moral Sense.”

Freud, from The Interpretation of Dreams.

Saussure, from Course in General Linguistics.

Du Bois, “Criteria for Negro Art.”

Woolf, from A Room of One's Own.

Ransom, “Criticism, Inc.”


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