The second edition of The Theory Toolbox involves students in understanding and using the tools of critical social and literary theory from the first day of class. Nealon and Searls Giroux describe key concepts and illuminate each with an engaging inquiry that asks students to consider deeper and deeper questions. Written in students own idiom and drawing its examples from the social world, literature, popular culture, and advertising, The Theory Toolbox offers students the language and opportunity to theorize. Updated throughout, the second edition includes a discussion of new media, as well as two new chapters on life and nature.
Updated throughout, the second edition includes a new discussion of media 2.0 and new chapters on life and nature.
Discussions are organized around key tools of criticism and concepts rather than literary movements. Key concepts include race, gender, subjectivity, power, difference, reading, author, media, culture, life, nature, history, postmodernism, postcolonialism, space, and time.
Popular culture and mass, media are strongly integrated with literary and social criticism.
Further readings for each concept serve as a guide to the literature for instructors and students.
Working Questions throughout the text involve students immediately in meaningful Inquiry.