Literary Theory Today

Literary Theory Today

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This volume assesses the current state of literary theory and examines the issues to be addressed by future research. The essays in this volume cover established theoretical perspectives and debates and also examine the changing the face of literary studies in the modern world. They include essays on reception theory, sociology and literature, modernism and post-modernism, Marxism and literature, feminist literary theory, psychoanalytic literary theory and the relevance of race and imperialism to the study of literature.
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  • Hardback | 250 pages
  • 152 x 229mm | 506g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 0745604773
  • 9780745604770

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Introduction - beyond postmodernism, Peter Collier and Helga Geyer-Ryan. Part 1: the surprise of otherness, Barbara Johnson; the problem of aesthetic value, Peter Burger; metaphysics at the moment of its fall, Albrecht Wellmer. Part 2: the theory of reception; Hans Robert Jauss; the new historicism, Stephen Greenblatt; text, author-function and society; Robert Weimann. Part 3: undecidability as hermeneutic constraint, Michael Riffaterre; literariness, dominance and violence in formalist aesthetics, Ann Jefferson; conversions, Sarah Kofman; identification and the real, Julia Kristeva. Part 4: feminism and literature, Elaine Showalter; articulating the archaic, Homi K.Bhabha; post-structuralism, marginality, post-coloniality and value, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak.
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