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Literary Theories - A Guide: Cultural Studies

Provides links to a variety of mostly free resource information about various literary theories. The resources are in a variety of formats: Websites, PDF, videos, PowerPoint, RSS feeds, Podcasts, etc.

Important Theorists

  • Roland Barthes
  • Walter Benjamin
  • Susan Bordo
  • Frantz Fanon
  • Michel Foucault
  • Paul Gilroy
  • Stuart Hall
  • Edward W. Said
  • Raymond Williams
  • Antonio Gramsci
  • Judith Halberstam
  • Donna Haraway
  • Slavoj Zizek

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Hadeel Alhumaydhi received her bachelor's degree in English in 2011 from Shaqra University in Saudi Arabia where she acted as a teaching assistant in English Literature. In 2012, Hadeel was awarded a scholarship from her university to continue her studies in the United States. She is now pursuing a master's degree in English Literature at Bowie state University in Maryland. She hopes to continue her education in the United States until she completes her Ph.D.

What is Cultural Studies Theory?

Black and White photograph of Richard Hoggart in a reflective pose, chin on hand, head & eyes titled upward.

Cultural Studies represent the study of the different forces from which the whole of humankind construct their daily lives. The aspects studied in this field involve a variety cultural expressions such as upstream media, literature, and art, among others. The theory on cultural studies is undeniably stimulating, more so when one considers the aspects regarding our society that it brings into perspective. Cultural studies gives a new meaning into life by demonstrating that life cannot only be determined by traditional benchmarks such as economics or politics but rather by a multi-approach.

The study brings into focus a number of principles that guide the discipline of study:

  •  Reality is a social construction.
  •   Identity is a social construction.
  •   Beliefs are based on perception of reality.
  •   Society is marked by the struggle for power.
  •   Cultural codes create identities for the creator and the receiver. 

Documents about important theorists

Cultural Studies Primer part 1

Cultural Studies Primer Part 2

Important Books

Titles with a CALL NUMBER are available to qualified users in Bowie's Thurgood Marshall Library or through the USMAI consortium of 15 Maryland libraries. 

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