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Literary Theory : A Guide for the Perplexed

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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; and postmodernism. The final chapter points to new directions in literary and cultural theory.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 154 x 212 x 16mm | 240.4g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0826490735
  • 9780826490735
  • 61,581

About Mary Klages

Mary Klages is Associate Professor in the English Department at the University of Colorado at Boulder, USA.show more

Review quote

"For students who are faced with literary theory for the first time, it would be hard to find a better introduction that Klages' demystifying guide." Mark Y. Herring, American Reference Books Annual, 2008, Vol. 39--Sanford Lakoffshow more

Table of contents

1. What is "Literary Theory?"; 2. Humanist Literary Theory; 3. Structuralism; Interlude: Humanism, Structuralism, Poststructuralism; 4. Deconstruction; 5. Psychoanalyses; Interlude: 'Self' to 'Subject'; 6. Feminisms; 7. Queer Theory; Interlude: History to Historicism; 8. Ideology and Discourse; 9. Race and Postcolonialist Theories; 10. Postmodernism; Coda - 'Now what?'; Bibliography; Index.show more