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Literary and Critical Theory

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Routledge's Literary and Critical Theory books offer everything you could need from textbooks to research monographs. Take a look at Using Critical Theory, Lois Tyson’s introductory guide to the field, or The Routledge Queer Studies Reader, a comprehensive resource and textbook to this vibrant and interdisciplinary area. You can also see our extensive range of research and reference including the Routledge Companions series.


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Postcolonial Theory

  1. Paul Gilroy

    By Paul Williams

    Series: Routledge Critical Thinkers

    Paul Gilroy has been a controversial force at the forefront of debates around race, nation, and diaspora. Working across a broad range of disciplines, Gilroy has argued that racial identities are historically constructed, formed by colonization, slavery, nationalist philosophies, and consumer...

    Published December 13th 2012 by Routledge

  2. World Literature

    A Reader

    Edited by Theo D'haen, César Domínguez, Mads Rosendahl Thomsen

    Series: Routledge Literature Readers

    World Literature is an increasingly influential subject in literary studies, which has led to the re-framing of contemporary ideas of ‘national literatures’, language and translation. World Literature: A Reader brings together thirty essential readings which display the theoretical foundations of...

    Published May 31st 2012 by Routledge

  3. The Routledge Concise History of World Literature

    By Theo D'haen

    Series: Routledge Concise Histories of Literature

    This remarkably broad and informative book offers an introduction to and overview of World Literature. Tracing the term from its earliest roots and situating it within a number of relevant contexts from postcolonialism to postmodernism, Theo D’haen examines: the return of the term "world...

    Published October 28th 2011 by Routledge

  4. The Routledge Companion to World Literature

    Edited by Theo D'haen, David Damrosch, Djelal Kadir

    Series: Routledge Literature Companions

    In the age of globalization, the category of "World Literature" is increasingly important to academic teaching and research. The Routledge Companion to World Literature offers a comprehensive pathway into this burgeoning and popular field. Separated into four key sections, the volume covers:...

    Published September 14th 2011 by Routledge

  5. The Routledge Companion to Anglophone Caribbean Literature

    Edited by Michael A. Bucknor, Alison Donnell

    Series: Routledge Literature Companions

    The Routledge Companion to Anglophone Caribbean Literature offers a comprehensive, critically engaging overview of this increasingly significant body of work. The volume is divided into six sections that consider: the foremost figures of the Anglophone Caribbean literary tradition and a...

    Published June 14th 2011 by Routledge

  6. Experiences of Freedom in Postcolonial Literatures and Cultures

    By Annalisa Oboe, Shaul Bassi

    Modern ideas of freedom and human rights have been repeatedly contested and are hotly debated at the beginning of the third millennium in response to new theories, needs, and challenges in contemporary life. This volume offers culturally diverse contributions to the debate on freedom from the...

    Published March 23rd 2011 by Routledge

  7. Reading Native American Literature

    By Joseph L. Coulombe

    Native American literature explores divides between public and private cultures, ethnicities and experience. In this volume, Joseph Coulombe argues that Native American writers use diverse narrative strategies to engage with readers and are ‘writing for connection’ with both Native and non-Native...

    Published February 7th 2011 by Routledge

  8. Literature and Globalization

    A Reader

    Edited by Liam Connell, Nicky Marsh

    Series: Routledge Literature Readers

    '[I] wonder how we have managed without such a text.' – Rita Raley, UCSB, USA Globalization has had a huge impact on thinking across the humanities, redefining the understanding of fields such as communication, culture, politics, and literature. This groundbreaking Reader is the first to...

    Published September 17th 2010 by Routledge

  9. Edward Said

    2nd Edition

    By Bill Ashcroft, Pal Ahluwalia

    Series: Routledge Critical Thinkers

    Edward Said is perhaps best known as the author of the landmark study Orientalism, a book which changed the face of critical theory and shaped the emerging field of post-colonial studies, and for his controversial journalism on the Palestinian political situation. Looking at the context and the...

    Published October 16th 2008 by Routledge

  10. The Post-Colonial Studies Reader

    2nd Edition

    Edited by Bill Ashcroft, Gareth Griffiths, Helen Tiffin

    The essential introduction to the most important texts in post-colonial theory and criticism, this second edition has been thoroughly revised and updated to include 121 extracts from key works in the field. Leading, as well as lesser known figures in the fields of writing, theory and criticism...

    Published December 7th 2005 by Routledge

  11. The Location of Culture

    2nd Edition

    By Homi K. Bhabha

    Series: Routledge Classics

    Rethinking questions of identity, social agency and national affiliation, Bhabha provides a working, if controversial, theory of cultural hybridity - one that goes far beyond previous attempts by others. In The Location of Culture, he uses concepts such as mimicry, interstice, hybridity, and...

    Published September 1st 2004 by Routledge

  12. The Empire Writes Back

    Theory and Practice in Post-Colonial Literatures, 2nd Edition

    By Bill Ashcroft, Gareth Griffiths, Helen Tiffin

    Series: New Accents

    The experience of colonization and the challenges of a post-colonial world have produced an explosion of new writing in English. This diverse and powerful body of literature has established a specific practice of post-colonial writing in cultures as various as India, Australia, the West Indies and...

    Published June 14th 2002 by Routledge

  13. Nation and Narration

    Edited by Homi K. Bhabha

    Bhabha, in his preface, writes 'Nations, like narratives, lose their origins in the myths of time and only fully encounter their horizons in the mind's eye'.From this seemingly impossibly metaphorical beginning, this volume confronts the realities of the concept of nationhood as it is lived and the...

    Published April 19th 1990 by Routledge