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  - Daniel Gillespie - Goodreads

This is a really solid introduction to lit criticism that introduces the major theorists and their major work. It is not the end of the process, but a solid starting point. Read full review

Review: Literary Theory: An Anthology

User Review  - janet - Goodreads

I feel like I have been exposed to all of these essays to a certain extent. It isn't generally the kind of book of which you read every word. It is a reference book. Read full review

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About the author (2007)

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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