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Poststructuralism: A Very Short Introduction

Catherine Belsey

Publication Date - November 2002

ISBN: 9780192801807

128 pages
4-1/2 x 7 inches

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Retail Price to Students: $11.95

The key ideas and major figures of Poststructuralism


Poststructuralism changes the way we understand the relations between human beings, their culture, and the world. Following a brief account of the historical relationship between structuralism and poststructuralism, this Very Short Introduction traces the key arguments that have led poststructuralists to challenge traditional theories of language and culture. While the author discusses such well-known figures as Barthes, Foucault, Derrida, and Lacan, she also draws pertinent examples from literature, art, film, and popular culture, unfolding the poststructuralist account of what it means to be a human being.

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  • An accessible and lively introduction to postructuralism
  • Illustrated with familiar examples showing the implications of poststructuralist theories
  • Explains the logic of the poststructuralist account of the world
  • Challenges the common misreading of poststructuralist theory
  • Discusses well-known figures, such as Barthes, Foucault, Lacan, and Derrida

About the Author(s)

Professor Catherine Belsey was Fellow and Tutor at New Hall, Cambridge from 1969 to 1975. She currently chairs the Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory at Cardiff University.

Table of Contents

    1. Creatures of Difference
    2. Difference and culture
    3. Difference and desire
    4. Difference or truth?
    5. Dissent