TheLitCritLibrary Part Two: Semiotics and Structuralism

Semiotics: Semiotics and structuralism, whilst two separate and distinct fields have a close relationship. These books are designed to help the reader engage with “the science of signs” as both a specific moment in the development of critical discourse and an invaluable tool for close textual analysis. Roland Barthes, Mythologies (London, Vintage Classics, 2009) Kofi … Continue reading TheLitCritLibrary Part Two: Semiotics and Structuralism

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TheLitCritLibrary Part One: General Introduction

Introductions to Theory: The following is designed for people who are interested in literary theory and criticism but have never previously encountered the field. It aims to provide a comprehensive overview to the current field, a way to approach canonical or vital texts and allow the reader to follow their own interests deeper into more … Continue reading TheLitCritLibrary Part One: General Introduction

Donald Trump: The Id of Republican Politics

Like any paradox, the rise of Donald Trump to the rank of serious political phenomena requires a certain amount of critical thinking. How else can we begin to approach this frequently bankrupt billionaire—a bloviating, catch-phrase spouting reality TV star suddenly proclaiming that he is going to be the greatest job’s president in American history? Just … Continue reading Donald Trump: The Id of Republican Politics

Reframing The Monster: Politics/Ethics/Discourse

Monster (der) Latin: monstrum – to warn. To show. What does it mean to be a monster? In the era of postmodernity, where the notion of normativity has been systematically subjected to that Lyotardian scepticism that has permeated many of the old certainties, how do we approach the figure of the monstrous Other? Throughout culture … Continue reading Reframing The Monster: Politics/Ethics/Discourse

REVIEW: “Culture and the Death of God” by Terry Eagleton

Terry Eagleton made his name in British criticism as the principal (and often only) high-profile revolutionary socialist in literary scholarship. However, as postmodernity exerted its toll upon the intellectual theorist, Eagleton seemed increasingly dissatisfied with the scope and method of much postmodern theory, declaring back in 2004 with his book After Theory that much critical … Continue reading REVIEW: “Culture and the Death of God” by Terry Eagleton

Digital Necro-Power. The Speed of the Online Hate Mob

“Fair warning, its best not to mock the board I run a lot. Things have happened in the past week” Benjamin Biddix – founder of /Baphomet/ Foucault’s concept of biopower is something that first appears in print in the first volume of The History of Sexuality, “The Will to Knowledge.” It relates to the practice … Continue reading Digital Necro-Power. The Speed of the Online Hate Mob