Outline of critical theory

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The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to critical theory:

Critical theory – examination and critique of society and culture, drawing from knowledge across the social sciences and humanities. The term has two different meanings with different origins and histories: one originating in sociology and the other in literary criticism. This has led to the very literal use of 'critical theory' as an umbrella term to describe any theory founded upon critique.

Essence of critical theory[edit]

Branches of critical theory[edit]

Gender studies[edit]

Main article: Gender studies

Marxist theory[edit]

Main article: Marxist philosophy


Main article: Postcolonialism


Main article: Structuralism


Main article: Post-structuralism


Main article: Deconstruction


Main article: Postmodernism


Main article: Reconstructivism

Psychoanalytic theory[edit]

Main article: Psychoanalytic theory

Queer theory[edit]

Main article: Queer theory


Main article: Semiotics

Cultural anthropology[edit]

Main article: Cultural anthropology

Theories of identity[edit]

Linguistical theories of literature[edit]

Major works[edit]

Major theorists[edit]

See also[edit]

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