Critical theory has become the common denominator in the study of the modern human sciences. The amount of theory is bewildering, and access to it is complex. As new fields of study open up and academics reassess the old disciplines in the light of new theory, the student is faced with a vast array of critical tools with which to tackle his or her subject. What is required is a book that serves as an introduction to the range of theories and theoriest at an academic's disposal. The Penguin Dictionary of Critical Theory fulfils that need.