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The Johns Hopkins Guide

Edited by Michael Groden, Martin Kreiswirth, and Imre Szeman


Contemporary Literary and Cultural Theory: The Johns Hopkins Guide is a clear, accessible, and detailed overview of the most important thinkers and topics in the field. Written by specialists from across disciplines, its entries cover contemporary theory from Adorno to Žižek, providing an informative and reliable introduction to a vast, challenging area of inquiry. Materials include newly commissioned articles along with essays drawn from The Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism, known as the definitive resource for students and scholars of literary theory and for philosophical reflection on literature and culture.

“This comprehensive and easily understood reference book will serve as an indispensable guide for helping students or scholars assess and discuss an overwhelming body of material, especially such ‘buzz’ topics as multiculturalism.”—Bloomsbury Review, reviewing The Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism

Michael Groden is a distinguished university professor of English at the University of Western Ontario. Martin Kreiswirth is a professor of English and associate provost, dean of graduate and postdoctoral studies at McGill University. Imre Szeman is a professor of English and film studies and Canada Research Chair of Cultural Studies at the University of Alberta.

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon


The Culture Industry Today
Editor: Fabio Akcelrud Durão
Date Of Publication: Apr 2010
Isbn13: 978-1-4438-1955-8
Isbn: 1-4438-1955-7

Price UK Gbp: 34.99
Price US Usd: 52.99

The concept of culture industry leads a double life. On the one hand, it appears as transparent, being used widely and freely in reference to a branch of business; on the other, it is a notion belonging to a critical tradition that wants to preserve the tension resulting from the juxtaposition of these two words. Culture Industry Today is a contribution to the latter trend, which takes into account the current prevalence of the former.

By offering interpretations of the term in relation to philosophy, media, film, the Third World, the psyche and the culture of consumption, the book aims at showing the continued relevance of an expression whose muteness is the corroboration of its darkest content.

Fabio Akcelrud Durão is Professor of Literary Theory at the State University of Campinas (Unicamp). He is the author of Modernism and Coherence: Four Chapters of a Negative Aesthetics (2008), co-edited Modernist Group Dynamics: The Politics and Poetics of Friendship (2008) at Cambridge Scholars, and published several essays on modernism, the Frankfurt School and Brazilian critical theory.

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