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  • Critical Practiceby Catherine Belsey

    Taylor and Francis 2003; US$ 25.67

    What is poststructuralist theory, and what difference does it make to literary criticism? Where do we find the meaning of the text: in the author's head? in the reader's? Or do we, instead, make meaning in the practice of reading itself? If so, what part do our own values play in the process of interpretation? And what is the role of the text? Catherine... more...

  • Culture and the Realby Catherine Belsey

    Taylor and Francis 2004; US$ 23.10

    What makes us the people we are? Culture evidently plays a part, but how large a part? Is culture alone the source of our identities? Some have argued that human nature is the foundation of culture, others that culture is the foundation of human identity. Catherine Belsey calls for a more nuanced, relational account of what it is to be human, and... more...

  • Poststructuralism: A Very Short Introductionby Catherine Belsey

    OUP Oxford 2002; US$ 7.99

    Poststructuralism changes the way we understand the relations between human beings, their culture, and the world. While culture invests us with agency and choice, it also limits the possibilities on offer. But since the cultural script is not fixed, we can intervene to increase the range of options. This brief and lucid introduction explains how, with... more...

  • A Future for Criticismby Catherine Belsey

    Wiley 2010; US$ 32.36

    A Future for Criticism considers why fiction gives so much pleasure, and the neglect of this issue in contemporary criticism.  Offers a brief, lively, and accessible account of a new direction for critical practice, from one of Britain's most prominent literary theorists and critics Proposes a new path for future criticism, more open to reflecting... more...

  • The Subject of Tragedy (Routledge Revivals)by Catherine Belsey

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 44.93

    First published in 1985, The Subject of Tragedy takes the drama of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries as the starting point for an analysis of the differential identities of man and woman. Catherine Belsey charts, in a range of fictional and non-fictional texts, the production in the Renaissance of a meaning for subjectivity that is identifiably... more...

  • Criticismby Catherine Belsey

    Profile Books 2016; US$ 7.98

    Ideas in Profile: Small Introductions to Big Topics At the heart of criticism lies one question: What do you think of it? Every time we comment on an artefact, whether a poem, a play, a painting, a novel or a piano concerto, we are acting as critics, making our own judgements and interpretations. Among the most fundamental of human intellectual... more...

  • Privileging Differenceby Antony Easthope; Catherine Belsey

    Macmillan Education UK 2017; US$ 38.38

    Difference, the key term in deconstruction, has broken free of its rigorous philosophical context in the work of Jacques Derrida, and turned into an excuse for doing theory the easy way. Celebrating variety for its own sake, Antony Easthope argues, cultural criticism too readily ignores the role of the text itself in addressing the desire of the reader.... more...

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