New Literary Histories: New Historicism and Contemporary Criticism

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Manchester University Press, 1997 - Literary Criticism - 248 pages
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This lucid study provides a welcome critical overview of current trends in literary theory after post-structuralism. With chapters ranging from Foucauldian and Marxist perspectives to cultural materialism, introductions to the work of the main figures in the field -- Pierre Bourdieu, Michel de Certeau, and Stephen Greenblatt -- Claire Colebrook then moves on to the more complex issues which surround literary history and interpretation and the politics of literature. In particular, this study demonstrates the interpretative application to literary texts of developments in social theory, as well as focusing on the theoretical innovations which have recently marked the exploration of Renaissance literature. Practical, concise, and well-reasoned, Claire Colebrooks New Literary Histories will be highly beneficial to readers investigating theoretical approaches to the study of literature.

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Claire Colebrook is Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English at Penn State University, USA.

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