Literary Theory: A Practical Introduction

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Wiley, Jan 16, 2007 - Literary Criticism - 248 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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User Review  - Kaydence - LibraryThing

As an anthology this was done well. The beginning sections for each chapter explains the literary theory/criticism. Some of them are easier to understand than others. There were parts that were ... Read full review

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User Review  - Mason - Goodreads

Most of these essays were easily digested if you expended the requisite effort. It loses a star for leaving out Nietzsche and for not including more pieces that specifically address literature (or art or whatever). 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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