Literary Theory: A Guide for the Perplexed

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A&C Black, 2006 - Literary Criticism - 184 pages
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This Guide for the Perplexed provides an advanced introduction to literary theory from basic information and orientation for the uninformed leading on to more sophisticated readings. It engages directly with the difficulty many students find intimidating, asking 'What is ''Literary Theory''?' and offering a clear, concise, accessible guide to the major theories and theorists, including: humanism; structuralism; poststructuralism; psychoanalytic approaches; feminist approaches; queer theory; ideology and discourse; new historicism; race and postcolonialism; postmodernism. The final chapter points to new directions in literary and cultural theory.
  

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Review: Literary Theory: A Guide for the Perplexed (Guides for the Perplexed)

User Review  - Alex Fairhill - Goodreads

A good general overview of literary theory. The chronological nature of the text makes it easy to understand how the theories and theorists were built upon by subsequent movements, but towards the end ... Read full review

Review: Literary Theory: A Guide for the Perplexed (Guides for the Perplexed)

User Review  - Ted Scofield - Goodreads

Prior to reading this book, I knew absolutely nothing about literary theory. Why was that fact causing me distress? Well, as a new author, interviewers were asking me "literary" questions that ... Read full review

Contents

What is Literary Theory?
1
Humanist Literary Theory
10
Structuralism
31
Humanism Structuralism Poststructuralism
47
Deconstruction
53
Psychoanalysis
63
Self to Subject
88
Queer Theory
111
History to Historicism
121
Race and Postcolonialism
147
Postmodernism
164
What Now?
178
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Mary Klages is Associate Professor in the English Department at the University of Colorado at Boulder, USA.

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