From Agamben to Žižek: Contemporary Critical Theorists

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Edinburgh University Press, 2010 - Literary Criticism - 275 pages
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In these 15 taster essays you will discover the key concepts and critical approaches of the theorists who have had the most significant impact on the humanities since 1990. On completing each chapter, you will find suggestions for further reading so that you can find out more and start applying the ideas in question. In addition to chapters on individuals such as Badiou, Rancière and Spivak, there are chapters on Laclau and Mouffe, and a chapter on Green critical theorists. Key Features*Written by experienced lecturers including John Armitage (Northumbria University), Paul Hegarty (University College Cork), David Huddart (Chinese University of Hong Kong), Simon Tormey (The University of Sydney), Samuel A. Chambers (Johns Hopkins University) *Sets each theorist in their biographical and intellectual context *The only book to offer chapter-length introductions to such a range of contemporary theorists making it the first place to look for an informed overview and evaluation*Jon Simons has edited two other popular guides to critical theory: From Kant to Lévi-Strauss: The Background to Contemporary Critical Theory and Contemporary Critical Theorists: From Lacan to Said.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Giorgio Agamben 1942
14
2 Alain Badiou 1937
29
3 Zygmunt Bauman 1925
45
4 Homi K Bhabha 1949
60
5 Judith Butler 1956
77
6 Cornelius Castoriadis 192297
93
7 Green Critical Theorists
110
10 Bruno Latour 1947
161
11 Antonio Negri 1933
177
12 Jacques Rancière 1940
194
13 Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak 1942
210
14 Paul Virilio 1932
227
15 Slavoj Žižek 1949
243
Names index
259
Subject index
263

8 Donna J Haraway 1944
127
9 Ernesto Laclau 1935 and Chantal Mouffe 1943
144

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Jon Simons is Associate Professor, Department of Communication and Culture at the Indiana University, Bloomington

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