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Theory Toolbox 2ed: Criticatl Cpb (Culture and Politics) (Paperback)

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This text involves students in understanding and using the "tools" of critical social and literary theory from the first day of class. It is an ideal first introduction before students encounter more difficult readings from critical and postmodern perspectives. Nealon and Searls Giroux describe key concepts and illuminate each with an engaging inquiry that asks students to consider deeper and deeper questions. Written in students' own idiom, and drawing its examples from the social world, literature, popular culture, and advertising, The Theory Toolbox offers students the language and opportunity to theorize rather than positioning them to respond to theory as a reified history of various schools of thought. Clear and engaging, it avoids facile description, inviting students to struggle with ideas and the world by virtue of the book's relentless challenge to common assumptions and its appeal to common sense. Updated throughout, the second edition of The Theory Toolbox includes a discussion of new media, as well as two new chapters on life and nature.

About the Author

Jeffrey T. Nealon is Liberal Arts Research Professor of English at Penn State University. Susan Searls Giroux is assistant professor of English at McMaster University.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780742570504
ISBN-10: 0742570509
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Publication Date: June 20th, 2011
Pages: 279
Language: English
Series: Culture and Politics (Paperback)