Post-Theories in Literary and Cultural Studies focuses on the shifting paradigms in literary and cultural studies. Prompted by the changes and problems on the global scale, the last two decades have seen a resurgence of scholarly interest in theories which are more embedded in the social realities and human condition. This volume shows that theory can reinvent theory and re-define criticism according to the demands of the new millennium. In this context, it examines new ways of considering the relation of post-theory to the concepts such as ethics, aesthetics, truth, value, authenticity, human, and reality to understand the mindset of the new century. This volume presents the various suggestions and concerns of post-theoretical studies that reflect the sensibilities of the contemporary social and cultural life. The book is a source of reference to develop an understanding of this change of attitude in post-theoretical studies towards a more directly and sincerely responsive approach to the current problems worldwide, their representations in literature and language, reflections in theory, roots in socio-political domains, and effects on the material reality.
Zekiye Antakyalıoğlu is professor and chair of English Literature at Gaziantep University, Turkey.
Part I: Changing Climates in Theory and Criticism
Chapter One: A Liberal Humanism for the Twenty-First Century?
Chapter Two: The Ethical Turn: Return of Empathy
Chapter Three: The Microfascistic Turn and the Question of Sympathy in the 21st Century
Rahime Çokay Nebioğlu
Chapter Four: Enjoy Your Theory! Post-Lacanian, Psychoanalytical Approaches to Literature and Culture
Chapter Five: Does Postcolonial Still Have Relevance?
Mehmet Ali Çelikel
Part II: Post-(Humanist)-Theories
Chapter Six: A Reconsideration of Subjectivity? Lacan’s Response to Posthumanism
Chapter Seven: From Theory to Literature: Posthumanism as a Post-Theoretical Endeavour
Chapter Eight: The Rhizome d’être of Posthumanism and the Question of Ethics: Revisiting Braidotti with Agamben
Chapter Nine: The Posthuman Turn: 21st Century Variations of Feminism
Ela İpek Gündüz
Chapter Ten: Reinterpreting the Anthropocene: Towards an Ecocentric Worldview
Chapter Eleven: Literary Data, Fossil and Speculation
Part III: Literary Landscapes
Chapter Twelve: Reading Character in Reading or, Character Again, Post-Theoretically
Chapter Thirteen: The Affective Politics of the Twenty-First Century Novel
Chapter Fourteen: Post-Postmodernism
Chapter Fifteen: Metamodernism: Is it a New Hype for “the Post-Postmodern Syndrome”?
Chapter Sixteen: The Lines of Influence: The (In)Visibility of Poetry After Theory
Chapter Seventeen: The Posthuman Turn in Postdramatic Theatre
Part IV: Post-Philologies
Chapter Eighteen: Post-Theory and Post-Translation Studies
Evrim Doğan Adanur
Chapter Nineteen: New Directions in Corpus Linguistics
Chapter Twenty: Translingualism in the Context of Language Teaching in the 21st Century: New Approaches and New Practices
Chapter Twenty-One: Language Education Within and After the Post-Method Era
Vildan İnci Kavak
About the Contributors
Post-Theories in Literary and Cultural Studies presents a wide-ranging and impressive collection of essays which, while respecting the legacy of Theory, seeks – and explores – ways to go beyond Theory by taking us into what one might call the realm of the “post”: that of “post-postmodernism”, “post-translation studies”, “post-humanism”, “post-Lacanian psychoanalysis”, “post-philology” and other and similar reorientations that build upon the achievement of Theory and yet offer new and promising directions for literary and cultural studies.
With its finger firmly on the pulse, this wide-ranging volume provides fresh perspectives on the condition of literary and cultural theory in our critical present. It opens by endorsing Braidotti’s recent exclamation that ‘Theory is back!’, as reflected in engaging with the posthumanistic ideas of Deleuze and of Lacan. Potentially allied to this, ecocritical theories have achieved here an urgent currency. But the volume as a whole, wisely never allows theory to be pigeon-holed as a canonical set of writers or ideas. We are shown multiple routes – posthumanist, literary, philological - into and out of our situation. This diversity is stylishly introduced and cogently arranged via the skillful editing of Zekiye Antakyalıoğlu. She and the contributors have produced an important reflection on these critical times.