- Subject index
The SAGE Handbook of Frankfurt School Critical Theory expounds the development of critical theory from its founding thinkers to its contemporary formulations in an interdisciplinary setting. It maps the terrain of a critical social theory, expounding its distinctive character vis-a-vis alternative theoretical perspectives, exploring its theoretical foundations and developments, conceptualising its subject matters both past and present, and signalling its possible future in a time of great uncertainty. Taking a distinctively theoretical, interdisciplinary, international and contemporary perspective on the topic, this wide-ranging collection of chapters is arranged thematically over three volumes: Volume I: Key Texts and Contributions to a Critical Theory of Society Volume II: Themes Volume III: Contexts This Handbook is essential reading for scholars and students in the field, showcasing the scholarly rigor, intellectual acuteness and negative force of critical social theory, past and present.
Chapter 63: Critical Theory and Literary Theory
Critical Theory and Literary Theory
The ways in which critical theory has influenced literary studies are numerous and complex. Cultural studies, sociological approaches, various political or philosophical criticisms, various formalisms or modes of attention to history, genre, and so on frequently make use of the work of the Frankfurt School and of the theorists more or less coherently grouped under the different generations of critical theorists. But at the heart of critical theory and its development lies a particular theory of literature, and a particular method of literary criticism that is too often forgotten when we bring the work of critical theorists to literary studies. There are a number of ways in which critical theory ...