Literary Theory: A Guide for the Perplexed
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
What is Literary Theory?
Humanist Literary Theory
Humanism Structuralism Poststructuralism
Self to Subject
History to Historicism
Race and Postcolonialism