A Glossary of Literary and Cultural Theory
A Glossary of Literary and Cultural Theory provides researchers and students with an up-to-date guide through the vibrant and changing debates in Literary and Cultural Studies. In a field where meanings are frequently complex and ambiguous, this text is remarkable for its clarity and usefulness. This third edition includes 17 entirely new entries and updates to more than a dozen others which address key concepts and contemporary positions in both literary and cultural theory. New entries
... : Identifiers: LCCN 2016026355 (print) | LCCN 2016044248 (ebook) | ISBN 9781138955486 (pbk. : alk. paper) | ISBN 9781138955462 (hardback : alk. paper) | ISBN 9781315666327 (ebk) | ISBN 9781315666327 (Master ebk) | ISBN 9781317354772 (Web PDF) | ISBN 9781317354765 (ePUB) | ISBN 9781317354758 (Mobi/Kindle) Subjects: LCSH: Culture--Terminology. | Literature--Terminology. Classification: LCC HM621 .B76 2017 (print) | LCC HM621 (ebook) | DDC 306.01/4--dc23 LC record available at https://lccn.loc.gov/2016026355 ISBN: 978-1-138-95546-2 (hbk) ISBN: 978-1-138-95548-6 (pbk) ISBN: 978-1-315-66632-7 (ebk) Typeset in Times New Roman by Saxon Graphics Ltd, Derby PREFACE ix All of this implies how dynamic and strategic the use of theoretical concepts, or the activity of theorization, can or should be. Interestingly, one tendency in particular points this out. If the failings of an abstruse and limited 'Theory' have been duly recognized and surpassed, a particular manifestation of the 'Theory' era -what indeed passed as a code word of this phase -is thought most definitely to belong to the past: that is 'postmodernism'. As a description of a period style, of literary and artistic modes and or social trends, postmodernism held sway especially in the last decades of the twentieth century before being rejected as overextended, modish or, worse, complicit with the consumer society it sought to diagnose. But if 'postmodernism' is indeed history, the prefix 'post' itself has far from receded: for we speak now freely of 'postcapitalism', the 'posthuman', of 'post-theory', and 'postgender' positions and politics. This broad application to matters of subjective and sexual identity, to the movements of people, and national and world economies (no less, ironically, than the sweep of a full-blown, politicized postmodernism) speaks surely, and more emphatically than ever, of a period and sensibility in transition -so much so that the word 'transition' does the work of an active verb ('to transition') and 'trans' can serve as both adjective and noun. The experience of change this articulates can be accompanied by anxiety, anguish and division but will also involve a questioning of taken-for-granted assumptions, beliefs and static redundant models. As such, it shows how necessary a confident and flexible appraisal of ideas and attitudes is to a new-found stability.