Literary Theory: A Practical Introduction

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Wiley, Jan 16, 2007 - Literary Criticism - 252 pages
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Michael Ryan's Literary Theory: A Practical Introduction, Second Edition introduces students to the full range of contemporary approaches to the study of literature and culture, from Formalism, Structuralism, and Historicism to Ethnic Studies, Gender Studies, and Global English.

  • Introduces readings from a variety of theoretical perspectives, on classic literary texts.
  • Demonstrates how the varying perspectives on texts can lead to different interpretations of the same work.
  • Contains an accessible account of different theoretical approaches
  • An ideal resource for use in introductory courses on literary theory and criticism.
  • Designed to function both as a stand-alone text and a companion to Rivkin and Ryan’s Literary Theory: An Anthology, Second Edition.

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Review: Literary Theory: An Anthology

User Review  - Jeanice Davis - Goodreads

This is a good introduction to Lit Theory, although I would prefer a more applied theory approach for learning how to put such theories into praxis. Read full review

Review: Literary Theory: An Anthology

User Review  - Danielle Chappell - Goodreads

I had to read most of this huge book for graduate school. This is an anthology of various philosophers and essayists that discuss phonology, various lit theory, linguistics, etc. It is very lengthy ... Read full review

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Michael Ryan teaches American literature and culture, American film, and literary theory at Northeastern University. His books include Marxism and Deconstruction (1982), Camera Politica: The Politics and Ideology of Contemporary American Film (with Douglas Kellner, 1986), Politics and Culture (1989), and Literary Theory: An Anthology (2nd edition, edited with Julie Rivkin).

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