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A dictionary of cultural and critical theory
Payne, Michael, 1941-
Publication Information:
Oxford, OX, UK ; Cambridge, Mass., USA : Blackwell Reference, 1996.
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xii, 644 pages ; 26 cm
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HM101 .D527 1996 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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This is an authoritative and accessible guide to modern ideas in the broad interdisciplinary fields of cultural and critical theory that have developed from interactions among different modern traditions of thought.

Author Notes

Michael Payne is John P. Crozer, Professor of English at Bucknell University. He is general editor for Blackwell of the Bucknell Lectures in Literary Theory and author of Reading Theory: An Introduction to Lacan, Derrida, and Kristeva (Blackwell Publishers, 1993), his sequals to which, Reading French Feminism and Reading knowledge, are forthcoming, as is his Renaissence Literature: An Anthology, in the Blackwell Anthologies series.

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Since the publication of the first edition of this dictionary (CH, Jul'96, 33-6034), publishers have released many dictionaries and encyclopedias of cultural and/or critical theory. An update, then, is in order to maintain the relevance of this edited volume. According to the preface, roughly 60 pages of new entries are featured, along with reconceptualizations of earlier topics (e.g., "racial neoliberalism"), critically reflective articles (e.g., Stanley Cavell on Emerson), and updated entries. With entries ranging from a paragraph to over six pages, this dictionary will be useful to any undergraduate who needs a general introduction to a concept, term, person, or method in critical or cultural theory. The bibliographies at the end of entries provide suggestions for further reading, and the cross-references help readers see relations between entries. One drawback, especially for those institutions that own the first edition, is that the majority of entries have not been updated. Many entries read the same, word for word, in both editions, including the bibliography. The older entries are still worthwhile for undergraduate use. However, given the cost of this new edition, more energy should have been devoted to updating the bibliographies of the older entries. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through graduate students. J. Novak University of California, Irvine

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