Introducing Criticism at the 21st Century

Introducing Criticism at the 21st CenturyJulian Wolfreys, ed.

Edinburgh University Press, 2002
ISBN: 074861575X

Introducing Criticism at the 21st Century provides a wide-ranging guide to current directions in literary criticism. The book develops out of continental thinking and insights from poststructuralism, feminism, deconstruction, and psychoanalysis and introduces new modes of ‘hybrid’ criticism which are emerging at the beginning of the twenty-first century.

The chapters provide thought-provoking overviews of critical thinking at the cutting edge. Each of the authors explains the various contours of their discourses while bringing these into sharp relief for the student reader through readings of canonical novels, poems, plays, films, and Web sites.

The book is organized into five areas: Identities, Dialogues, Space and Place, Critical Voices, and Materiality and the Immaterial. These orientations reflect the interdisciplinary nature of critical and cultural studies, as do the themes covered within the volume: Diaspora Criticism, Gender and Transgender Criticism, Women of Color and Feminist Criticism, Chaos Theory, Complexity Theory and Criticism, Ethical Criticism, Trauma and Testimonial Criticism, Ecocriticism, Spatial Criticism, Cybercriticism, Deleuzean Criticism, Levinas and Criticism, and Spectral Criticism and (A)material Criticism.

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