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The Penguin Dictionary of Critical Theory

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Accessing the huge selection of critical theory can be an intimidating experience. This acclaimed dictionary is an invaluable introduction to the theories and theorists in the field and will prove an authoritative resource for all students.
Paperback, 496 pages
Published August 30th 2001 by Penguin
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Jan 23, 2010 Adrian rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thought, reference, theory
I got this book about a year ago as an extremely premature purchase in preparation for studying a literature-based English degree. I didn't get in to university but nevertheless, this book has found itself in my hands so many times since for reference purposes or simply for pleasure.

This book is extremely and unusually well written for a guide to an area as dense as critical theory, and the clarity of the writing doubtlessly helps it in its demistification of some of the more opaque concepts whi
Apr 27, 2008 Jenny rated it really liked it
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Want to have a better understanding of what Zizek is referring to without having to read the entire western philosophical cannon? Concise definitions of terminology, summaries of many thinkers contributions, with connections to other thinkers and ideas at the bottom of each passage.
Jan 28, 2008 Graham rated it liked it
This is for sorting through all of that god awful postmodern horse shit.
Dec 05, 2014 Ayeshah rated it it was amazing
Okay, I didn't technically read this one cover to cover, but I read most of the entries & keep going back to it for more.. I think I (slightly) prefer A Dictionary of Critical Theory besides it has a larger font which always helps when you're reading Post Modern and Postcolonial intellectual drivel!
Apr 28, 2008 Scott rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People who didn't get enough theory in their English Lit. program.
Recommended to Scott by: Matt Carlson
Read it, ridiculously, cover to cover, A-Z. Great as an introductory reference to a wide variety of material or as a compliment to a theory course in college. Rewarding but challenging to read straight through, though.
J.W.D. Nicolello
read this on friend's mattress while the earth died screaming over the course of a winter. gate way.
Apr 12, 2011 hannaH rated it really liked it
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This book has already saved my life twice, and I've only had it for about an hour. Possibly my new best friend.
Oct 22, 2016 Daniel added it
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fine reference
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A handy reference guide for the English major. If only it was more thorough, more complete—and tasted like cherry pie.
Aug 29, 2008 DoctorM rated it really liked it
Useful, straightforward, well-done. A key guide for anyone who needs a quick reference (or a quick introduction) to critical theory. A standard item here on my writing desk.
Geoffrey Rhodes
Sep 03, 2007 Geoffrey Rhodes is currently reading it
The number one book to buy before beginning grad school... I wish I had. An amazing number of really insiteful, smart entries... the one on Hysteria is especially good.
Mar 15, 2008 Matt rated it really liked it
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Picked this up while traveling in Europe. The only reference book I've ever read for entertainment. Pretty good!
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