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Critical Theory and the Humanities in the Age of the Alt-Right

Editors: Battista, Christine M., Sande, Melissa (Eds.)

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  • Encompasses philosophical, literary, political, and media theory
  • Utilizes perspectives from the Frankfurt School, poststructuralism, postcolonial theory, critical race theory, and transborder theory
  • Organized to take readers from more general approaches and arguments about the alt-right to specific applications of theory or use of particular canonical texts to understand this moment
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About this book

This edited collection uses critical theory in order to understand the rise of the Alt-Right and the election of Donald Trump—and, in doing so, to assert the necessity and value of various disciplines within the humanities. While neoliberal mainstream culture has expressed shock at the seemingly expeditious rise of the Alt-Right movement and the outcome of the 2016 United States presidential election, a rich tradition of theory may not only explain the occurrence of this “phenomenon,” but may also chart an alternative understanding of the movement, revealing the persistence of right-wing populism throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Though the humanities have seen themselves undervalued and under attack in recent years, the historical and cultural contextualization of the current moment via theory is a means of reaffirming the value of the humanities in teaching the ever-important and multifaceted skill of critical literacy. This book re-affirms the humanities, particularly the study of literature, theory, and philosophy, through questions such as how the humanities can help us understand the here and now.

About the authors

Christine M. Battista is Assistant Professor of English at Johnson & Wales University, Denver, USA. She is co-editor of Ecocriticism and Geocriticism: Overlapping Territories in Environmental and Spatial Literary Studies (Palgrave, 2016). She specializes in the environmental humanities, theory and criticism, postcolonial studies, and American literature.

Melissa R. Sande is Dean of Humanities at Union County College, USA. Her work has been published in such venues as Quarterly Horse and The Journal of South Texas English Studies. She specializes in American and Caribbean women’s writing, as well as literary theory.

Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)
  • Introduction: The State of the Humanities and the Age of the Alt-Right

    Pages 1-12

    Battista, Christine M. (et al.)

  • “For Every Two Steps Forward, it Often Feels like we Take One Step Back”: Foucauldian Historiography and the Current Political Moment

    Pages 13-37

    Battista, Christine M. (et al.)

  • Cultural Marxism and the Cathedral: Two Alt-Right Perspectives on Critical Theory

    Pages 39-59

    Woods, Andrew

  • The Right to Anger: Combative Publics

    Pages 61-80

    Arogo, Antonette Talaue

  • Herrenvolk Democracy: The Rise of the Alt-Right in Trump’s America

    Pages 81-99

    Anderson, Tonnia L.

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eBook $84.99
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Hardcover $109.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Critical Theory and the Humanities in the Age of the Alt-Right
Editors
  • Christine M. Battista
  • Melissa Sande
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-18753-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-18753-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-18752-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 226
Number of Illustrations
1 illustrations in colour
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