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Understanding Poststructuralism


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Understanding Poststructuralism

by James Williams (Author)



ISBN: 9781844650323


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A thoughtful and lucid account of poststructuralism and a significant intervention in the field.

Understanding Poststructuralism presents a lucid guide to some of the most exciting and controversial ideas in contemporary thought. This is the first introduction to poststructuralism through its major theorists - Derrida, Deleuze, Foucault, Lyotard, Kristeva - and their central texts. Each chapter takes the reader through a key text, providing detailed summaries of the main points of each and a critical and detailed analysis of their central arguments. Ideas are clearly explained in terms of their value to both critical thinking and to contemporary issues. Criticisms of poststructuralism are also assessed. The aim throughout is to illuminate the main methods of poststructuralism - deconstruction, libidinal economics, genealogy and transcendental empiricism - in context. A balanced and up-to-date assessment of poststructuralism, the book presents the ideal introduction to this most revolutionary of philosophies.


ISBN 1844650324
ISBN13 9781844650323
Publisher Acumen Publishing Ltd
Format Hardback
Publication date 24/10/2005
Pages 192
Weight (grammes) 362
Published in United Kingdom
Height (mm) 216
Width (mm) 138

Acknowledgements Abbreviations 1. Introduction: what is poststructuralism? 2. Poststructuralism as deconstruction: Jacques Derrida's Of Grammatology 3. Poststructuralism as philosophy as difference: Gilles Deleuze's Difference and Repetition 4. Poststructuralism as philosophy of the event: Lyotard's Discours, figure 5. Poststructuralism, history, genealogy: Michel Foucault's The Archaeology of Knowledge 6. Poststructuralism, psychoanalysis, linguistics: Julia Kristeva's Revolution in Poetic Language 7. Poststructuralism into the future Questions for discussion and revision Further reading Publications timeline Index