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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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No doubt this dictionary is not called "Dictionary of Cultural Studies" for good reason, but that polymorphous enterprise turns out to be the best description for what emerges as the dictionary's purview in Payne's introductory essay. More than 100 contributors, mostly from the UK and many of them big names, present hundreds of entries, ranging from a paragraph to thousands of words, for people, terms, journals, methods, concepts, area and period studies, etc. A well-developed cross-reference system, individual article and concluding comprehensive bibliographies, and an index increase the dictionary's accessibility. Acknowledging the contested and fluid nature of cultural studies, contributors' firm judgments and energetic tone are appropriate to its preference for constant, creative reformulation. Surprisingly, given the painting by Magritte reproduced on the dust jacket, "representation" and "identity" do not figure as entries. Omissions like those, entries one wishes had been treated differently, and inevitable dissonances of presentation notwithstanding, congratulations are extended to all concerned on the first work that abandons the centripetal, disciplinary preoccupation of other "theory" dictionaries in favor of cultural studies' decentered transdisciplinarity. More comprehensive than Dictionary of Modern Literary and Cultural Criticism (CH, Sep'95), Payne's dictionary addresses the critically experienced in that many articles are short on the schematization helpful to beginners, whom Jeremy Hawthorn's broadly conceived Glossary of Contemporary Literary Theory (CH, Oct'92) or Key Concepts in Communication and Cultural Studies by Tim O'Sullivan et al. (2nd ed., 1994) will, in part, more readily serve. All academic libraries. R. H. Kieft Haverford College

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