Featuring an international team of specialists on the subject, The Edinburgh Companion to Critical Theory provides a comprehensive analysis of the changing role of critical theory in the new century. Taking note of the many new theoretical and socio-political developments in recent years, the volume conclusively demonstrates critical theory's continuing relevance across disciplines ranging from the arts and social sciences through to the hard sciences. Being theoretically informed is not an optional part of study any more, it is a necessary, central part, and The Companion will bring you up to date with what is happening across the spectrum of critical theory.
The volume consists of eleven sections comprising twenty-eight chapters, each covering a particular branch of critical theory from Marxism through to present-day developments such as Cognitive Theory. Every chapter considers the historical development of the theory in question, explaining the main concepts and thinkers involved, before proceeding to assess where it stands in relation to current academic and socio-political concerns and debates. Outlining recent advances in each area, and the emergence of new voices, The Companion offers readers a welcome opportunity to reorient themselves within the history and role of critical theory in its many forms.
About the Author
Stuart Sim is retired Professor of Critical Theory at Northumbria University. He has published widely on critical theory, and is a Fellow of the English Association. Amongst his recent publications are The Lyotard Dictionary (2011), Addicted to Profit: Reclaiming Our Lives from the Free Market (2012), Fifty Key Postmodern Thinkers (2013), and, with Brett Wilson and Barbara Hawkins (eds) Art, Science & Cultural Understanding (2014).
Table of Contents
Introduction, Stuart Sim; Part I: Marxism; Introduction to Marxism; 1. Marxism: Philosophy & Social Theory, Stuart Sim; 2. Western Marxism, Stuart Sim; 3. Post-Marxism, Stuart Sim; Part II: Structuralism; Introduction to Structuralism; 4. Structuralism & Semiotics, Georges Van Den Abbeele; 5. Genetic Structuralism, Marcel Danesi; Part III: Poststructuralism; Introduction to Poststructuralism; 6. Phenomenology, Derek M. Robbins; 7. Deconstruction, Nikolai Duffy; 8. Discourse Theory, Georges Van Den Abbeele; Part IV: Postmodernism; Introduction to Postmodernism; 9. Philosophical Postmodernism: From Adorno & Derrida to Foucault, Philip Goldstein; 10. Postmodern Aesthetics, Nikolai Duffy; Part V: Postcolonialism; Introduction to Postcolonialism; 11. Postcolonial Theory & Criticism, Claire Nally; 12. Black Studies, Bella Adams; 13. Critical Race Theory, Bella Adams; Part VI: Gender; Introduction to Gender; 14. Queer Theory, Gareth Longstaff; 15. Men, Masculinity Studies & Critical Studies, Chris Haywood & Mairtin Mac an Ghaill; Part VII: Feminism; Introduction To Feminism; 16. First & Second Wave Feminism, Claire Nally; 17. After de Beauvoir: 'French' Feminism & Sexual Difference, Carole Sweeney; 18. Post-Feminism, Stephanie Genz; Part VIII: Historicism; Introduction to Historicism; 19. Reception & Reader-Response Theory, Bruce Harding; 20. New Historicism, Bruce Harding; 21. Cultural Materialism, Neema Parvini; Part IX: Formalism; Introduction to Formalism; 22. Russian Formalism & Narratology, Georges Van Den Abbeele; 23. New Criticism, Graham Allen; Part X: Science & Critical Theory; Introduction to Science & Critical Theory; 24 Critical Theory & Paradigm Shift, Arkady Plotnitsky; 25. Critical Theory & Mathematics & Science, Arkady Plotnitsky; 26. Cognitive Science & Critical Theory, Peter Garratt; Part XI: Psychoanalysis & Critical Theory; Introduction to Psychoanalysis & Critical Theory; 27. Freudian Psychoanalysis, Geoffrey Boucher; 28. Lacanian Psychoanalysis & Critical Theory, Matthew Sharpe; Bibliography; Notes on Contributors.