A Dictionary of Critical Theory (2nd edition)

ISBN : 9780198794790

Ian Buchanan
512 ページ
129 x 196 mm
Oxford Quick Reference
  • Over 750 authoritative entries on all aspects of critical theory
  • New edition extensively revised and updated, with new entries including hyperobjectautoimmunityneoliberalism, and Max Weber
  • Wide-ranging coverage includes movements, theories, events, and biographical entries
  • Multidisciplinary: ideal for students of literature, philosophy, culture studies, gender studies, film studies, architecture, visual arts, environmental humanities, human geography, critical theory, anthropology, sociology, and history
  • Entries clearly explain even the most complex of theoretical discourses, such as Marxism, psychoanalysis, structuralism, deconstruction, and postmodernism
  • A-Z entries are fully cross-referenced, and many provide further reading suggestions

New to this Edition:

  • More than 50 new entries, particularly extending coverage of diaspora, race, and postcolonial theory
  • Revised and updated further reading lists

Containing over 750 in-depth entries, this is the most wide-ranging and up-to-date dictionary of critical theory available. This authoritative guide covers the whole range of critical theory, including the Frankfurt school, cultural materialism, cultural studies, gender studies, film studies, literary theory, hermeneutics, historical materialism, and socio-political critical theory. Entries clearly explain complex theoretical discourses such as Marxism, psychoanalysis, structuralism, deconstruction, and postmodernism. There are biographies of hundreds of important figures in the field, with feature entries for those who have heavily influenced areas of the discipline, such as Derrida and Deleuze.

This new edition of the dictionary has been updated to extend coverage of diaspora, race and postcolonial theory, including key authors such as C. L. R. James and Paul Gilroy, and of queer and sexuality studies, including notable figures such as Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick. Fully revised to keep up to date with this diverse field, this new edition expands the coverage to include entries such as hyperobject and transgender.

Entries are fully cross-referenced and many contain further reading suggestions. 

Covering all aspects of critical theory from globalization and race studies, to queer theory and feminism, this multidisciplinary A-Z is essential for students in the humanities and social sciences.


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Ian Buchanan is Professor of Critical and Cultural Studies at the University of Wollongong. He is the author of Reader's Guide to Deleuze and Guattari (2008), Fredric Jameson: Live Theory (2006), Deleuzism: A Metacommentary (2000), and Michel de Certeau (2000). He has also edited a dozen books and special issues of journals, as well as founding the journal of Deleuze Studies.