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Adventures in Theory


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Credits Editor's Introduction: Gearing Up for Adventures 1. Karl Marx: Three Excerpts from Early Writings (1844) 2. Friedrich Nietzsche: On Truth and Lie in an Extra-Moral Sense (1873) 3. Ferdinand de Saussure: The Sign Considered in Its Totality (1916) 4. Victor Shklovsky: Art as Technique (1917) 5. Frantz Fanon: The Fact of Blackness (1952) 6. Roland Barthes: Myth Today (1957) 7. Michel Foucault: Nietzsche, Freud, Marx (1967) 8. Barbara Johnson: A Critique of Western Metaphysics (1983) 9. Jacques Derrida: Differance (1967) 10: Editor's Interlude: Two Brief Pieces on Lacanian Psychoanalytic Theory 11. Louis Althusser: On Ideology (1971) 12. Gayle Rubin: The Traffic in Women: Notes on the Political Economy of Sex (1975) 13. Peter Brooks: Freud's Masterplot (1977) 14. Edward Said: From the Introduction to Orientalism (1978) 15. Ihab Hassan: Toward a Concept of Postmodernism (1987) 16. Gayatri Spivak: Can the Subaltern Speak? (1988) 17. Judith Butler: Imitation and Gender Insubordination (1991) 18. Slavoj Zizek: The Real of Sexual Difference (2002) 19. Lee Edelman: The Future Is Kid Stuff: Queer Theory, Disidentification and the Death Drive (1998) Editor's Afterword: (Still) No Kingdom of the Queer Index

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A concise anthology of writings that are indispensable to an understanding of theory.

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Calvin Thomas is Professor of English at Georgia State University, USA. He is the author of Ten Lessons in Theory (Bloomsbury, 2013), Masculinity, Psychoanalysis, Straight Queer Theory (2008), and Male Matters (1996). He is the editor of Straight with a Twist: Queer Theory and the Subject of Heterosexuality (2000).


Noticing that Theory has been diluted, mixed up in concoctions of old sours and rinds, Calvin Thomas has decided to refresh it, turning it into an adventure of insight that is also a restorative delight with strong but balanced recipes for a 21st-century intellectual Bloody Mary. * Jean-Michel Rabate, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, University of Pennsylvania, and Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, USA *
Adventures in Theory is a gift - a real gem - to everyone teaching undergraduate survey courses in literary and critical theory: it's concise enough to be manageable yet so brilliantly curated that it contains everything one needs. It's the anthology that many of us have been hoping would one day materialize. It's also a perfect companion to Thomas's delightful Ten Lessons in Theory. * Mari Ruti, Distinguished Professor of Critical Theory and of Gender and Sexuality Studies, University of Toronto, and author of Distillations (2018) *

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