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A dictionary of critical theory /
Ian Buchanan.
edition
1st ed.
imprint
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2010.
description
500 p. ; 20 cm.
ISBN
0199532915 (pbk.), 9780199532919 (pbk.)
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imprint
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2010.
isbn
0199532915 (pbk.)
9780199532919 (pbk.)
catalogue key
7295387
 
Includes bibliographical references.
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Appeared in Choice on 2011-05-01:
Critical theory, broadly construed beyond its origin in the Frankfurt School, is the social, political, historical, and aesthetic critique of human practices and institutions that stems primarily from Marxist philosophy. Encompassing philosophy, the social sciences, literature, and the arts, critical theory is interdisciplinary in nature and broad in scope. A dictionary that tries to encompass the major figures and concepts of such a large field of inquiry in a relatively small paperback is ambitious, but Buchanan (Cardiff Univ., Wales) does a remarkable job in the 750-plus entries here. He claims that overlap exists between this new dictionary and Simon Blackburn's Dictionary of Philosophy (2nd ed., rev.; CH, Jun'09, 46-5361) and Chris Baldick's The Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms (3rd ed., CH, Feb'09, 46-2989); however, this more focused volume will be particularly helpful for students, both undergraduate and graduate, who are encountering critical theory for the first time. From "abject" to "Zizek," this dictionary provides a meaningful introduction to critical theory and serves as a handy reference.Despite the extraordinary difficulty of conveying key concepts and complex material within the scope of very short dictionary-style entries, Buchanan generally does an admirable job. Considering the content, the writing is clear and direct, yet generally communicates the sophistication of the ideas. One criticism of the dictionary's entries on key figures is that they often explore biography in more depth than the individuals' ideas and intellectual contributions. Some particularly helpful features include asterisked words and phrases cross-referenced to the dictionary entries, quality suggestions for further reading, and longer highlighted selections of particularly important people and concepts. However, at the time of this review, the promised Web links were not available on Oxford's Web site as advertised. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-level undergraduates and graduate students. J. L. Eagan CSU East Bay
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
With over 700 authoritative entries covering all areas of critical theory, this dictionary is an essential reference work for anyone needing a clear guide to theory, from feminism to globalization, from Marxism to psychoanalysis.
Bowker Data Service Summary
With over 750 authoritative entries covering all areas of critical theory, this dictionary is an essential reference work for anyone needing a clear guide to theory, from feminism to globalization, from Marxism to psychoanalysis.
Main Description
Boasting more than 1,000 entries, this is the most wide-ranging and up-to-date dictionary of critical theory available, covering the whole range of critical theory, including the Frankfurt school, cultural materialism, cultural studies, gender studies, film studies, literary theory, hermeneutics, historical materialism, internet studies, sociopolitical critical theory, and much more. Entries clearly explain even the most complex of theoretical discourses, such as Marxism, psychoanalysis, structuralism, deconstruction, and postmodernism. There are biographies of important figures in the field, with feature entries for those who have heavily influenced areas of the discipline. Entries are fully cross-referenced and contain further reading where appropriate. To provide relevant extra information, this edition features recommended web links for many entries, accessible via the Dictionary of Critical Theory companion website, where they are checked regularly and kept up to date. Covering all aspects of the subject from globalization and race studies, to queer theory and feminism, this multidisciplinary A-Z is essential for students of literary and cultural studies and is useful for anyone studying a subject requiring a knowledge of theory.
Main Description
Boasting more than 750 entries, this is the most wide-ranging and up-to-date dictionary of critical theory available, covering the whole range of critical theory, including the Frankfurt school, cultural materialism, cultural studies, gender studies, film studies, literary theory, hermeneutics, historical materialism, internet studies, sociopolitical critical theory, and much more. Entries clearly explain even the most complex of theoretical discourses, such as Marxism, psychoanalysis, structuralism, deconstruction, and postmodernism. There are biographies of important figures in the field, with feature entries for those who have heavily influenced areas of the discipline. Entries are fully cross-referenced and contain further reading where appropriate. To provide relevant extra information, this edition features recommended web links for many entries, accessible via the Dictionary of Critical Theory companion website, where they are checked regularly and kept up to date. Covering all aspects of the subject from globalization and race studies, to queer theory and feminism, this multidisciplinary A-Z is essential for students of literary and cultural studies and is useful for anyone studying a subject requiring a knowledge of theory.
Main Description
Containing over 750 in-depth entries, this is the most wide-ranging and up-to-date dictionary of critical theory available. It covers the whole range of critical theory, including the Frankfurt school, cultural materialism, cultural studies, gender studies, film studies, literary theory,hermeneutics, historical materialism, internet studies, and sociopolitical critical theory. Entries clearly explain even the most complex of theoretical discourses, such as Marxism, psychoanalysis, structuralism, deconstruction, and postmodernism. There are biographies of important figures in thefield, with feature entries for those who have heavily influenced areas of the discipline, e.g. Deleuze.Entries are fully cross-referenced and contain further reading where appropriate. To provide extra information this edition features an appendix of recommended web links, which are accessible via the Dictionary of Critical Theory companion website, where they are also checked regularly and kept upto date.Covering all aspects of the subject from globalization and race studies, to queer theory and feminism, this multidisciplinary A-Z is essential for students of literary and cultural studies and is useful for anyone studying a humanity subject requiring a knowledge of theory.

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