The Routledge Critical and Cultural Theory Reader

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  • Copyright: 2008-08-19
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Everything is open to question. Nothing is sacred. Critical and cultural theory invites a rethinking of some of our most basic assumptions about who we are, how we behave, and how we interpret the world around us. The Routledge Critical and Cultural Theory Reader brings together 29 key pieces from the last century and a half that have shaped the field. Topics include: subjectivity, language, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, the body, the human, class, culture, everyday life, literature, psychoanalysis, technology, power, and visuality. The choice of texts, together with the editors' introduction and glossary, will allow newcomers to begin from first principles, while the use of unabridged readings will also make the volume suitable for those undertaking more specialized work. Material is arranged chronologically, but the editors have suggested thematic pathways through the selections.

Table of Contents

Pathwaysp. viii
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Editors' introductionp. 1
'Preface (to a Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy)', 1859p. 6
'A Note on the Unconscious in Psychoanalysis', 1912p. 10
'Linguistic Value', 1916p. 16
'Womanliness as a Masquerade', 1929p. 25
'The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction', 1936p. 34
'The Mirror Stage as Formative of the Function of the I as Revealed in Psychoanalytic Experience', 1949p. 57
'The Fact of Blackness', 1952p. 63
'Culture is Ordinary', 1958p. 82
'The Social Text', 1961p. 95
'The Burden of History', 1966p. 100
'The Death of the Author', 1968p. 121
'Differance', 1968p. 126
'Walking in the City', 1974p. 149
'What is a Minor Literature?', 1975p. 166
'Panopticism', 1975p. 178
'Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema', 1975p. 202
Introduction to Orientalism, 1978p. 213
'Encoding/Decoding', 1980p. 234
'Approaching Abjection', 1980p. 245
'Simulacra and Science Fiction', 1981p. 267
'Answer to the Question: What is the Postmodern?', 1982p. 272
'Thinking Sex: Notes Towards a Radical Theory of the Politics of Sexuality', 1984p. 281
'A Manifesto for Cyborgs: Science, Technology, and Socialist Feminism in the 1980s', 1985p. 324
'How to Tame a Wild Tongue', 1987p. 356
'Imitation and Gender Insubordination', 1991p. 365
'Under Western Eyes: Feminist Scholarship and Colonial Discourses', 1991p. 381
Introduction to Homo Sacer: Sovereign Power and Bare Life, 1995p. 406
'What does Queer Theory Teach Us About X?', 1995p. 415
'Who Owns "Human Nature"?', 2003p. 422
Glossaryp. 443
Indexp. 447
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