Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction

Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction

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What is literary theory? Is there a relationship between literature and culture? In fact, what is literature, and does it matter? These are among the questions addressed by the author of this book, which aims to throw light on a subject often perceived to be complex and impenetrable. The book offers insights into theories about the nature of language and meaning, and whether literature is a form of self-expression or a method of appeal to an audience, and it outlines the ideas behind a number of different schools, including deconstruction, semiotics, postcolonial theory, and structuralism.show more

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  • Paperback | 152 pages
  • 127 x 190.5 x 15.24mm | 136.08g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • line drawings
  • 019285318X
  • 9780192853189

About Jonathan Culler

About the Author: Jonathan Culler is the Chair in Comparative Literature at Cornell University. His previous publications include Framing the Sign: Criticism and Its Institutions, On Deconstruction, and Structuralist Poetics: Structuralism, Linguistics, and the Study of Literature.show more

Table of contents

What is literary theory?; what is literature and does it matter?; literature and cultural studies; language, meaning and interpretation; poetry, poetics and rhetoric; narrative; literature and social identity; schools, movements, institutions.show more

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"An excellent idea, these Very Short Introductions; a new concept from OUP."--The Guardianshow more

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