Critical Terms for Literary Study, Second Edition

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Frank Lentricchia, Thomas McLaughlin
University of Chicago Press, 1995 - Literary Criticism - 486 pages
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Since its publication in 1990, Critical Terms for Literary Study has become a landmark introduction to the work of literary theory—giving tens of thousands of students an unparalleled encounter with what it means to do theory and criticism. Significantly expanded, this new edition features six new chapters that confront, in different ways, the growing understanding of literary works as cultural practices.

These six new chapters are "Popular Culture," "Diversity," "Imperialism/Nationalism," "Desire," "Ethics," and "Class," by John Fiske, Louis Menand, Seamus Deane, Judith Butler, Geoffrey Galt Harpham, and Daniel T. O'Hara, respectively. Each new essay adopts the approach that has won this book such widespread acclaim: each provides a concise history of a literary term, critically explores the issues and questions the term raises, and then puts theory into practice by showing the reading strategies the term permits.

Exploring the concepts that shape the way we read, the essays combine to provide an extraordinary introduction to the work of literature and literary study, as the nation's most distinguished scholars put the tools of critical practice vividly to use.

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User Review  - Trent Hill - Goodreads

Great compendium of literary-theoretical keywords. I read the first edition, which at this point will be at least somewhat dated, but as an overview of litcrit best practices ca. the 1990s, it's good. Read full review

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User Review  - sologdin - Goodreads

Not an encyclopedia, but rather a collection of essays on then-current critical concepts. I recall the essays on class and ideology with fondness, and taught the essay on diversity to undergraduates ... Read full review

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Frank Lentricchia is a novelist and ex-literary theorist. He teaches in the Program in Literature at Duke University. THE PORTABLE LENTRICCHIA is from a selection of his novels.

Thomas McLaughlin is professor of English at Appalachian State University. He is the author of "Literature: The Power of Language and coeditor of "Critical Terms for Literary Studies and "Reading for Difference.

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