Stuart Sim

Critical Theory

The last few decades have seen an explosion in the production of critical theories, with deconstructionists, poststructuralists, postmodernists, second-wave feminists, new historicists, cultural materialists, postcolonialists, black critics and queer theorists, among a host of others, all vying for our attention. The world around us can look very different on the critical theory applied to it. This vast range of interpretations can leave one feeling confused and frustrated. This book provides a route through the tangled jungle of competing theories.
353 printed pages
Original publication



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    césar dominguezhas quoted2 years ago
    The work of the Russian aesthetician Georgi Plekhanov (1856–1918) is a good example of crude reflectionism. For Plekhanov, art was a recorder of social developments. By examining the art of a given period, we could pin down that period’s ideological character also. This meant that we could indeed “read off” the ideology from the art. If the art was decadent, then it must have been the product of socio-political decadence: a direct reflection of it, in fact
    césar dominguezhas quoted2 years ago
    Once again, we notice Marx’s critical insistence on the hidden: religion, politics, law, etc. – everything cultural that we “live by” – disguises and renders perfectly natural an economic means of production that is unnatural
    Yana Ranshakovahas quoted2 years ago
    Quantum mechanics asserts that we cannot plot the position of any sub-atomic particle with certainty.
    Chaos theory permits randomness and determinism to exist simultaneously in systems.

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