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Cultural Theory: An Anthology is a collection of the essential readings that have shaped and defined the field of contemporary cultural theory
Features a historically diverse and methodologically concise collection of readings including rare essays such as Pierre Bourdieu's Forms of Capital" (1986), Gilles Deleuze Postscript on Societies of Control" (1992), and Fredric Jameson's Reification and Utopia in Mass Culture" (1979)
Offers a radical new approach to teaching and studying cultural theory with material arranged around the central areas of inquiry in contemporary cultural study the status and significance of culture itself, power, ideology, temporality, space and scale, and subjectivity
Section introductions, designed to assist the student reader, provide an overview of each piece, explaining the context in which it was written and offering a brief intellectual biography of the author
A large annotated bibliography of primary and secondary works for each author and topic promotes further research and discussion
Features a useful glossary of critical terms
About the Author
Imre Szeman is Canada Research Chair in Cultural Studies at the University of Alberta, Canada. He is the author of Zones of Instability: Literature, Postcolonialism and the Nation (2003); co-author of Popular Culture: A User's Guide (2004, 2009); and co-editor of Pierre Bourdieu: Fieldwork in Culture (2000), the Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism (2005), and Canadian Cultural Studies: A Reader (2009).
Timothy Kaposy is Assistant Professor in the Cultural Studies Program at George Mason University, Virginia.