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carnivalesque

Overview page. Subjects: Sport and Leisure — Literary Theory and Cultural Studies.

Mikhail Bakhtin, a Russian linguist and literary critic writing in the first half of the 20th century, used this term to characterize writing that depicts the de-stabilization or reversal...

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futurology

Overview page. Subjects: Sociology — Literary Theory and Cultural Studies.

The activity of predicting the state of the world at some future time, by extrapolating from present trends. Mainly a pseudo-science, given the complexities of social, political, economic,...

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negative dialectic

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A new form of dialectical thinking developed by Theodor Adorno in Negative Dialektik (1966), translated as Negative Dialectics (1973), which many regard as his magnum opus. Written with the...

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rhizome

Overview page. Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies — Sociology.

A botanical term indicating subterranean stems such as bulbs, tubers and couchgrass, with a multiple, lateral, and circular system of ramification, different from roots and radicles which...

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Zygmunt Bauman

Overview page. Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies — Sociology.

(1925– )

Born in 1925 in Poland, of Jewish descent, Bauman was forced by the rise of Nazism to leave his homeland in 1939. He was educated in Soviet Russia, fought with the Red...

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