Literary Theory

Literary Theory : A Guide for the Perplexed

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Description

Continuum's Guides for the Perplexed are clear, concise and accessible introductions to thinkers, writers and subjects that students and readers can find especially challenging. Concentrating specifically on what it is that makes the subject difficult to fathom, these books explain and explore key themes and ideas, guiding the reader towards a thorough understanding of demanding material. This Guide 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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Product details

  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 14mm | 394g
  • Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0826490727
  • 9780826490728

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.
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Review quote

"There is nothing else like this sparkling, fresh, accessible and wise guide to literary theory for the student and other beginners." Professor Alan Liu, UC Santa Barbara
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About Mary Klages

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