Literary Theory: A Guide for the Perplexed

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A&C Black, 2006 - Literary Criticism - 184 pages
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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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Occasionally entertaining look into the knotty world of literary theory. Sure, I bought this as a required textbook for university, but it aided greatly it getting to know the details of things like ... Read full review

Review: Literary Theory: A Guide for the Perplexed

User Review  - Goodreads

Occasionally entertaining look into the knotty world of literary theory. Sure, I bought this as a required textbook for university, but it aided greatly it getting to know the details of things like ... Read full review

Contents

What is Literary Theory?
1
Humanist Literary Theory
10
Structuralism
31
Humanism Structuralism Poststructuralism
47
Deconstruction
53
Psychoanalysis
63
Self to Subject
88
Queer Theory
111
History to Historicism
121
Race and Postcolonialism
147
Postmodernism
164
What Now?
178
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Mary Klages is Associate Professor in the English Department at the University of Colorado at Boulder, USA.

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