Literary Theory: The Basics

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Taylor & Francis, Oct 4, 2007 - Literary Criticism - 254 pages
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With a new introduction and fully updated pointers to further reading, this second edition of Hans Bertens’ bestselling book is a must-have guide to the world of literary theory.

Exploring a broad range of topics from Marxist and feminist criticism to post-modernism and new historicism it includes new coverage of:

  • the latest developments in post-colonial and cultural theory
  • literature and sexuality
  • the latest schools of thought, including eco-criticism and post-humanism
  • the future of literary theory and criticism.

Literary Theory: The Basics is an essential purchase for anyone who wants to know what literary theory is and where it is going.

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Review: Literary Theory: The Basics

User Review  - Roane Swindon - Goodreads

An excellent, easy-to-understand overview of literary theory from its very beginnings to new theories such as queer theory and ecocriticism. Bertens describes all concepts clearly, often with examples ... Read full review

Review: Literary Theory: The Basics

User Review  - Matthew - Goodreads

A great overview of literary theory - and worth reading with a friend for discussions. While it doesn't illuminate every approach completely - nor should it, it's the basics - it is a great starting point so that you will have a working knowledge and a starting point. Read full review

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