Critical Theory Today: A User-friendly Guide

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Taylor & Francis, 1999 - Fiction - 437 pages
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Providing in-depth coverage of the most common approaches to literary analysis, this guide can be used as the only text in a course or as a precursor to the study of primary theoretical works. It aims to motivate readers by showing them what critical theory can offer in terms of their practical understanding of literary texts and in terms of their personal understanding of themselves and the world in which they live. The text offers a how-to book for undergraduate and graduate students new to critical theory and for lecturers who want to broaden their repertoire of critical approaches to literature.
 

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User Review  - crimsonsonata - LibraryThing

Summary: Finally, a useful guide for the 11 critical theories most used to analyze literature today! This book explicitly details each critical theory from African American criticism down to reader ... Read full review

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User Review  - Nick - Goodreads

Not bad, but some explanations were painfully convoluted. It's interesting to see every critical approach exemplified using Great Gatsby to show the versatility of literary criticism, but because of ... Read full review

Contents

CHAPTER
1
CHAPTER
13
about Literary Texts
32
Marxist Criticism
49
The Great Gatsby
66
to Other Literary Works
77
Feminism and Literature
98
Feminist Approaches
113
Reading of The Great Gatsby
226
For Further Reading
239
Deconstructive Approaches
274
New Historical and Cultural
311
Lesbian Gay and Queer Criticism
317
CHAPTER 11
363
African American Criticism
380
CHAPTER 12
423

CHAPTER 6
153
about Literary Texts
175
For Further Reading
192

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Grand Valley State University

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