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Trading cards for the literary mind

Want to have a little fun with theory? A website run by David Gauntlett, a professor at the University of Westminster, introduces theories and theorists in a more approachable manner via trading cards. Students and coffee shop debaters may gather round and exchange the ideas and cards of theorists such as Michel Foucault, Judith Butler, Edward Said, and Deleuze & Guattari.

The cards include a photo, a brief description of the theorist’s work, and a list of strengths, weaknesses, and special skills. Gauntlett also developed a card game where players defend their theorist, collecting the weaker theorist cards to win. An official set of 21 cards is available for purchase while the unofficial collection may be printed from the website. Neither set includes gum.