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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Literary Criticism and Cultural Theory

  1. Aesthetic Hysteria

    The Great Neurosis in Victorian Melodrama and Contemporary Fiction

    By Ankhi Mukherjee

    Series: Literary Criticism and Cultural Theory

    Aesthetic Hysteria is a deconstructive psychoanalytic study of hysteria, using literary texts to foreground a telling encounter between two growing discourses within English studies: that of emotion/affect and trauma studies. It brings together several academic foci - the history of medicine,...

    Published November 15th 2011 by Routledge

  2. Asian Diaspora Poetry in North America

    By Benzi Zhang

    Series: Literary Criticism and Cultural Theory

    Presenting a new way of reading that helps us discern some previously unnoticed or unnoticeable features of Asian diaspora poetry, this volume highlights how poetry plays a significant role in mediating and defining cross-cultural and transnational positions. Asian diaspora poetry in North America...

    Published December 8th 2011 by Routledge

  3. Literature and Development in North Africa

    The Modernizing Mission

    By Perri Giovannucci

    Series: Literary Criticism and Cultural Theory

    The book examines how modern global development largely privileges Western multinational interests at the expense of local or indigenous concerns in the "developing" nations of the East. The practices of development have mostly led not to economic, social, and political progressivism in local...

    Published November 13th 2012 by Routledge

  4. Modernism and the Marketplace

    Literary Culture and Consumer Capitalism in Rhys, Woolf, Stein, and Nella Larsen

    By Alissa G. Karl

    Series: Literary Criticism and Cultural Theory

    Though the relationship of modernist writers and artists to mass-marketplaces and popular cultural forms is often understood as one of ambivalence if not antagonism, Modernism and the Marketplace redirects this established line of inquiry, considering the practical and conceptual interfaces between...

    Published May 8th 2012 by Routledge

  5. Zionism and Revolution in European-Jewish Literature

    By Laurel Plapp

    Series: Literary Criticism and Cultural Theory

    Zionism and Revolution in European-Jewish Literature examines twentieth-century Jewish writing that challenges imperialist ventures and calls for solidarity with the colonized, most notably the Arabs of Palestine and Africans in the Americas. Since Edward Said defined orientalism in 1978 as a...

    Published May 14th 2013 by Routledge