The Encyclopedia of Literary and Cultural Theory - Vol. 3

The Encyclopedia of Literary and Cultural Theory - Vol. 3

The Encyclopedia of Literary and Cultural Theory - Vol. 3

The Encyclopedia of Literary and Cultural Theory - Vol. 3


This is the first comprehensive multi-volume encyclopedia of literary and cultural theory. Arranged in three volumes covering Literary Theory from 1900 to 1966, Literary Theory from 1966 to the present, and Cultural Theory, this encyclopedia provides accessible entries on the important concepts, theorists and trends in post-1900 literary and cultural theory. nbsp; With explanations of complex terms and important theoretical concepts, and summaries of the work and ideas of key figures, it is a highly informative reference work for a multi-disciplinary readership
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Tariq Ali is a prominent political commentator, novelist, and playwright, perhaps best known for his work with the New Left. Born in Lahore (then part of the British Indian empire) in 1943, Ali lived in Pakistan until he was exiled in the 1960s for his political activism against the country’s military dictatorship. He moved to England and attended Oxford University, where he continued his Trotskyist political activism, including protesting the Vietnam War. Ali became an editor of the socialist journal The New Left Review, and he is a regular contributor to BBC radio and the Guardian newspaper.

Much of Ali’s writing focuses on Marxism, such as 1968 and After (1978), Chile, Lessons of the Coup (1978), and The Stalinist Legacy: Its Impact on Twentieth-Century World Politics (1984). Ali’s Street-Fighting Years: An Autobiography of the Sixties (2005) adds a world perspective to the discourse about the decade and brings together a discussion of Che Guevara, Vietnam, Paris in 1968, and the Black Power Movement in the United States. He also wrote Introducing Trotsky and Marxism (2000), one of Icon/Totem’s series on cultural studies, as well as The Dictatorship of Capital: Politics and Culture in the 21st Century (2008).

Ali has offered commentary on a number of world political events and issues, such as an examination of the Balkan conflict in Masters of the Universe (2000), which he edited; of the US invasion of Iraq in Bush in Babylon (2003); of the United Kingdom’s involvement in the war in Iraq in Rough Music: BlairIBombslBaghdadlLondonl Terror (2005); and of the social, historical, and economic context behind the events of September 11, 2001. He has also offered a perspective on Islamic identity and politics in The Clash of Fundamentalisms (2002). In Pirates of the Caribbean: Axis of Hope (2006), Ali examines Hugo Chavez’s effect on Latin American politics.

Ali’s political commentary also encompasses South Asian history and politics, particularly with regard to the formation of Pakistan and its ensuing political problems. His books about Pakistan include Pakistan: Military Rule or People’s Power (1970), Can Pakistan Survive? (1983), and The Duel: Pakistan in the Flight Path of American Power (2008), written before the assassination of Benazir Bhutto in December 2007.

Also an accomplished creative writer, Ali has written several works of fiction that contribute to the understanding of Islam as diverse and heterogeneous. In 1992, he published Shadows of the Pomegranate Tree, which is the first installment of his Islamic . . .

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