This book-in-progress has been (and is being) almost entirely created by undergraduate students and recent alums.
Welcome to The Student Theorist! More than a “textbook” or a “handbook,” this text is an open access, digitally published, ongoing, annotatable collection of Critical Theory explorations, brought to you in a neat little package by past students. Featuring mini-essays, blog posts, and cultural analyses selected and edited by students, The Student Theorist provides fresh and personal insights into pertinent theories that can all too often end up explicated in dried-up and complex ways. It includes introductions to concepts such as Sigmund Freud’s “The Uncanny” and Judith Butler’s theory of gender performativity, as well as essays on topics ranging from Spongebob’s Oedipus Complex to ecotheoretical critiques of Earth Jam. The purpose of this handbook is to provide accessible introductions to theoretically robust debates and concepts, while also revealing the enduring and urgent relevance of theory in our world.