Poststructuralism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (Paperback)

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Very Short Introductions: Brilliant, Sharp, Inspiring

Poststructuralism challenges traditional ways of thinking about human beings and our relation to the world. Language, meaning, and culture are all reappraised, and with them assumptions about what it's possible for us to know. More interested in posing sharply focused questions than in reassuring with certainties, its theorists tend to clarify the options, while leaving them open to debate. At once sceptical towards inherited authority and positive about future possibilities, poststructuralism asks above all that we reflect on its findings.

In this Very Short Introduction, Catherine Belsey traces the key arguments that have led poststructuralists to challenge traditional theories of language and culture. In this new edition, such well-known figures as Barthes, Foucault, and Derrida are joined by less famous theorists, and examples are drawn from both high art and popular culture. Shakespeare features alongside advertising and Christmas cards, as well as Lewis Carroll, Marcel Duchamp, Toni Morrison, and the tantalizing lithographs of M. C. Escher.

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About the Author


Catherine Belsey Catherine Belsey was Fellow and Tutor at New Hall, Cambridge, from 1969 to 1975. She chaired the Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory at Cardiff University from 1988 to 2003. At the time of her death in February 2021, she was Professor Emeritus in English at Swansea University and Visiting Professor at the University of Derby.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780198859963
ISBN-10: 0198859961
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication Date: November 25th, 2022
Pages: 160
Language: English
Series: Very Short Introductions