Chapter 1. A

  1. Michael Payne1 and
  2. Jessica Rae Barbera2

Published Online: 30 APR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444323450.ch1

A Dictionary of Cultural and Critical Theory, Second Edition

A Dictionary of Cultural and Critical Theory, Second Edition

How to Cite

Payne, M. and Barbera, J. R. (eds) (2010) A, in A Dictionary of Cultural and Critical Theory, Second Edition, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444323450.ch1

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Courtauld Institute of Art, UK

  2. 2

    University of Pittsburgh, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 APR 2010
  2. Published Print: 2 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405168908

Online ISBN: 9781444323450



  • Adorno, Theodor W. (1903–69), German philosopher, musicologist and cultural critic - prominent member of Frankfurt school of critical theorists;
  • aesthetics, the reflection on art and beauty - found in different cultures at different periods;
  • African philosophy - consisting of intellectual and discursive productions elaborated in Africa;
  • AIDS and literature - artistic response to AIDS crisis, various modes of literary production in Western and non-Western world;
  • Louis Althusser (1918–90) - French Communist philosopher, most notable Marxist theoreticians of postwar period;
  • Perry Anderson (1938–) - Marxist political historian and theorist, foremost contemporary Marxist thinker;
  • androgyny, hermaphroditism, presence of male and female reproductive organs in a single organism;
  • anxiety of influence - term used by Harold Bloom, consequence of impact of responsive reading on “strong” readers;
  • Hannah Arendt (1906–75) - political thinker notable for radical critique of whole tradition of political philosophy;
  • John Langshaw Austin (1911–60) oxford approach, philosophical approach emphasizing careful attention to ordinary language use


This chapter contains entries titled:

  • abjection to avant-garde