Beginning Theory: An Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory

Beginning Theory: An Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory

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By (author) Peter Barry

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  • Publisher: MANCHESTER UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 194mm x 30mm | 481g
  • Publication date: 1 May 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Manchester
  • ISBN 10: 0719079276
  • ISBN 13: 9780719079276
  • Edition: 3, Revised
  • Edition statement: 3rd Revised edition
  • Sales rank: 2,263

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Beginning theory has been helping students navigate through the thickets of literary and cultural theory for well over a decade now. This new and expanded third edition continues to offer students and readers the best one-volume introduction to the field. The bewildering variety of approaches, theorists and technical language is lucidly and expertly unravelled. Unlike many books which assume certain positions about the critics and the theories they represent, Peter Barry allows readers to develop their own ideas once first principles and concepts have been grasped. The book has been updated and includes two new chapters, one of which (Literary theory - a history in ten events) innovatively surveys the course of theory, while the other (Theory after 'Theory') maps the arrival of new 'isms' since the second edition appeared in 2002. Liberal humanism - Structuralism - Post-structuralism and deconstruction - Postmodernism - Psychoanalytic criticism - Feminist criticism - Lesbian/gay criticism - Marxist criticism - New historicism and cultural materialism - Postcolonial criticism - Stylistics - Narratology - Ecocriticism - Presentism/Transversal poetics/ New aestheticism/Historical formalism/Cognitive poetics.

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Peter Barry is Professor of English at the University of Aberystwyth

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Always reassuringly urbane, and often witty...Barry's book remains important, especially as a work of mediation between those who would innately be inclined to 'take' or 'leave' theory. Martin Blocksidge, The Use of English: The English Association Journal for Teacher of English, 01/03/2012 -- Martin Blocksidge. The Use of English: The English Association Journal for Teacher of English

Table of contents

1. Theory before 'Theory' - Liberal humanism 2. Structuralism 3. Post-structuralism and deconstruction 4. Postmodernism 5. Psychoanalytic criticism 6. Feminist criticism 7. Lesbian/gay criticism 8. Marxist criticism 9. New historicism and cultural materialism 10. Postcolonial criticism 11. Stylistics 12. Narratology 13. Ecocriticism 14. Literary theory - a history in ten events 15. Theory after 'Theory' Appendices Edgar Allan Poe: 'The Oval Portrait' Dylan Thomas: 'A Refusal to Mourn' William Cowper: 'The Castaway' Where do we go from here: Further reading