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Best Critical Theory Books To Read

Until you’ve consumed all of the best Critical Theory books, can you even claim to be a true fan?

Critical Theory Today: A User-Friendly Guide (2014)

 Best Critical Theory Books To ReadThis thoroughly updated third edition of Critical Theory Today offers an accessible introduction to contemporary critical theory, providing in-depth coverage of the most common approaches to literary analysis today, including: feminism; psychoanalysis; Marxism; reader-response theory; New Criticism; structuralism and semiotics; deconstruction; new historicism and cultural criticism; lesbian, gay, and queer the…
Author(s): Lois Tyson

Critical Theory: A Reader for Literary and Cultural Studies (2012)

 Best Critical Theory Books To ReadA wide-ranging and refreshingly up-to-date anthology of primary readings, Critical Theory: A Reader for Literary and Cultural Studies, edited by Robert Dale Parker, presents a provocative mix of contemporary and classic essays in critical theory.
Author(s): Robert Dale Parker

Using Critical Theory (2011)

 Best Critical Theory Books To ReadExplaining both why theory is important and how to use it, Lois Tyson introduces beginning students of literature to this often daunting area in a friendly and approachable style. The new edition of this textbook is clearly structured with chapters based on major theories that students are expected to cover in their studies.
Author(s): Lois Tyson

Critical Theory: The Key Concepts (Routledge Key Guides) (2015)

 Best Critical Theory Books To ReadCritical Theory: The Key Concepts introduces over 300 widely-used terms, categories and ideas drawing upon well-established approaches like new historicism, postmodernism, psychoanalysis, Marxism, and narratology as well as many new critical theories of the last twenty years such as Actor-Network Theory, Global Studies, Critical Race Theory, and Speculative Realism. This book explains the key concepts at the heart of a wide range of influential theorists from Agamben to Žižek.
Author(s): Dino Felluga

Critical Theory: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (2017)

 Best Critical Theory Books To ReadCritical theory emerged in the 1920s from the work of the Frankfurt School, the circle of German-Jewish academics who sought to diagnose — and, if at all possible, cure — the ills of society, particularly fascism and capitalism.
Author(s): Stephen Eric Bronner

Critical Race Theory: The Key Writings That Formed the Movement (1996)

 Best Critical Theory Books To ReadIn the past few years, a new generation of progressive intellectuals has dramatically transformed how law, race, and racial power are understood and discussed in America. Questioning the old assumptions of both liberals and conservatives with respect to the goals and the means of traditional civil rights reform, critical race theorists have presented new paradigms for understanding racial injustice and new ways of seeing the links between race, gender, sexual orientation, and class.
Author(s): Kimberle Crenshaw, Neil Gotanda, et al.

Critical Theory: The Essential Readings (Paragon Issues in Philosophy) (1998)

 Best Critical Theory Books To ReadThis selection of some of the most important writing of the Frankfurt School and its critics provides beginning and advanced philosophy students with a solid grounding in critical theory.
Author(s): David Ingram

Rethinking College Student Development Theory Using Critical Frameworks (2019)

 Best Critical Theory Books To ReadA major new contribution to college student development theory, this book brings “third wave” theories to bear on this vitally important topic. The book has three sections: The first briefly introduces the third wave theories that have recently expanded the frame of the topic; the second uses those theories to focus on specific aspects of student development; and the third brings it all together with a few chapters that look at the implications for practice.
Author(s): Elisa S. Abes, Susan R. Jones , et al.

Introducing Critical Theory: A Graphic Guide (2009)

 Best Critical Theory Books To ReadThe last few decades have seen an explosion in the production of critical theories, with deconstructionists, poststructuralists, postmodernists, second-wave feminists, new historicists, cultural materialists, postcolonialists, black critics and queer theorists, among a host of others, all vying for our attention. The world around us can look very different on the critical theory applied to it. This vast range of interpretations can leave one feeling confused and frustrated.
Author(s): Stuart Sim, Van Loon, Borin

Best Critical Theory Books to Read

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Foundations of Critical Race Theory in Education

Author(s): Edward Taylor, David Gillborn, Gloria Ladson-Billings
ID: 3539263, Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2023, Size: 8 Mb, Format: pdf

The Philology of Life: Walter Benjamin's Critical Program

Author(s): Kevin McLaughlin
ID: 3629726, Publisher: Fordham University Press, Year: 2023, Size: 3 Mb, Format: pdf

The Poverty of Critical Theory in International Relations

Author(s): Davide Schmid
ID: 3632682, Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2023, Size: 2 Mb, Format: pdf

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