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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Critical Keywords in Literary and Cultural Theory

ISBN 9780333960585
Publication Date January 2004
Formats Hardcover Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave

This is an invaluable reference guide for students of literary and cultural studies which introduces over forty of the complex terms, motifs and concepts in literary and cultural theory today. More than a simple dictionary of terms, this book gives students a brief introduction to each concept together with short quotations from the works of key thinkers and critics which can be used by teachers to structure a discussion and guide genuine comprehension. 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, while explanatory notes and bibliographies aid further research. 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.

JULIAN WOLFREYS is Professor of Victorian Literary and Cultural Studies at the University of Florida.

Preface
Acknowledgements
Critical Keywords:
Abjection
Aesthetics
Alterity
Aporia
Carnival/Carnivalesque
Class
Culture
Deconstruction
Desire
Difference/Différance
Discourse
Event
Gender
Hegemony
Hyperreality
Hypertext
I/dentity
Ideology
Imaginary-Symbolic-Real
Interpellation
Intertextuality
Iterability/Iteration
Jouissance
Khora/Chora
Literature
Materialism/Materiality
Modernism
Myth/ology
Narrative/Narration
Other
Overdetermination
Performativity
Postmodernity/Postmodernism
Power
Queer
Race
Reader/Reading
Sexuality/Sexual Difference
Simulacrum/Simulation
Subject/ivity
Uncanny
Unconscious
Writing
Afterwords: Literary and Cultural Theory: The Contested Ground of Critical Language, or Terms, Concepts, and Motifs
Works Cited
Index

Reviews

'For the adventure of a lifetime, pick a letter - any letter. Julian Wolfreys' Critical Keywords in Literary and Cultural Theory offers the most brilliant, generously conceived, and self-effacing invitation to roar and glide in literary and cultural theory I know. It is an anti-dictionary, increasing meaning rather than containing it, thus providing us with opportunities to explore rather than reasons to stop thinking. Look up 'class,' or 'queer,' or 'gender,' or 'writing,' or any other of the 43 terms, and you find yourself opening to a whole range of possibilities, a stimulating education you can conduct yourself. I know of no finer avenue into modern thought, wonderful both for new visitors and for those who imagine they know the terrain.' - James R. Kincaid, Aerol Arnold Professor of English, University of Southern California
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