Literary Theory The Complete Guide

Bringing together Mary Klages's bestselling introductory books Literary Theory: A Guide for the Perplexed and Key Terms in Literary Theory into one fully integrated and substantially revised, expanded and updated volume, this is an ...

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Author: Mary Klages

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781472592767

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 288

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Bringing together Mary Klages's bestselling introductory books Literary Theory: A Guide for the Perplexed and Key Terms in Literary Theory into one fully integrated and substantially revised, expanded and updated volume, this is an accessible and authoritative guide for anyone entering the often bewildering world of literary theory for the first time. Literary Theory: The Complete Guide includes: · Accessible chapters on all the major schools of theory from deconstruction through psychoanalytic criticism to Marxism and postcolonialism · New chapters introducing ecocriticism and biographies · Expanded and updated guides to feminist theory, queer theory, postmodernism and globalization · New and fully integrated extracts of theoretical and literary texts to guide students through their use of theory · Accessible coverage of major theorists such as Saussure, Freud, Lacan, Foucault, Cixous, Deleuze and Guattari and Bhabha Each chapter now includes reflection questions for class discussion or independent study and a cross-referenced glossary of key terms covered, as well as updated guides to further reading on each topic. Literary Theory: The Complete Guide is an essential starting point for students of critical theory.

Literary Theory A Guide for the Perplexed

This Guide introduces theory in a clear, accessible way, focusing on the major approaches and theorists.

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Author: Mary Klages

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 0826490735

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 184

View: 975

This Guide introduces theory in a clear, accessible way, focusing on the major approaches and theorists.

The Complete Idiot s Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism

From Plato to Freud to ecocriticism, this helpful guide gives you everything you need to know to really understand literature, as well as references to and quotations from novels, stories, poems, plays, and more.

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Author: Steven J. Venturino

Publisher:

ISBN: 1615642412

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 322

View: 835

From Plato to Freud to ecocriticism, this helpful guide gives you everything you need to know to really understand literature, as well as references to and quotations from novels, stories, poems, plays, and more.

Literary Theories

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Author: Julian Wolfreys

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 9780814793619

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 672

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Literary Theories is the first reader and introductory guide in one volume. Divided into 12 sections covering structuralism, feminism, marxism, reader-response theory, psychoanalysis, deconstruction, post-structuralism, postmodernism, new historicism, postcolonialism, gay studies and queer theory, and cultural studies, Literary Theories introduces the reader to the most challenging and engaging aspects of critical studies in the humanities today. Classic essays representing the different theoretical positions and offering striking examples of close readings of literature are preceded by new introductions which present the theory in question and discuss its main currents. With a full glossary and detailed bibliography, Literary Theories is the perfect introductory guide and reader in one volume. Included are essays by Roland Barthes, Jean Baudrillard, Homi K. Bhabha, Judith Butler, Terry Castle, Iain Chambers, Rey Chow, Paul de Man, Jacques Derrida, Jonathan Dollimore, Terry Eagleton, Catherine Gallagher, Stephen Heath, Wolfgang Iser, Fredric Jameson, Hans Robert Jauss, Claire Kahane, Gail Ching Liang Low, Mary Lydon, Jean-François Lyotard, James M. Mellard, D.A. Miller, J. Hillis Miller, Louis Adrian Montrose, Michael Riffaterre, Avital Ronell, Nicholas Royle, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Alan Sinfield, and Raymond Williams.

Introducing Literary Theories

The texts used for illustration include: In Memoriam A. H. H., Middlemarch, Mrs Dalloway, Paradise Lost, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Prospero's Books, The Swimming Pool Libraryand The Tempest.

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Author: Julian Wolfreys

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015054276517

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 318

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Introducing Literary Theoriesis an ideal introduction for those coming to literary theory for the first time. It provides an accessible introduction to the major theoretical approaches in chapters covering: Bakhtinian Criticism, Structuralism, Feminist Theory, Marxist Literary Theories, Reader-Response Theories, Psychoanalytic Criticism, Deconstruction, Poststructuralism, New Historicism, Cultural Materialism, Postcolonial Theory, Gay Studies/ Queer Theories, Cultural Studies and Postmodernism. A table of contents arranged by theoretical method and a second arranged by key texts offer the reader alternative pathways through the volume and a general introduction, which traces the history and importance of literary theory, complete the introductory material. In each of the following chapters, the authors provide a clear presentation of the theory in question and notes towards a reading of a key text to help the student understand both the methodology and the practice of literary theory. The texts used for illustration include: In Memoriam A. H. H., Middlemarch, Mrs Dalloway, Paradise Lost, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Prospero's Books, The Swimming Pool Libraryand The Tempest. Every chapter ends with a set of questions for further consideration, an annotated bibliography and a supplementary bibliography while a glossary of critical terms completes the book. Derived and adapted from the successful foundation textbook, Literary Theories: A Reader and Guide, Introducing Literary Theoriesis a highly readable, self-contained and comprehensive guide that succeeds in making contemporary theory easily understandable. Each chapter provides: An overview of the theory Notes towards readings of canonical literary texts Questions for further consideration An annotated bibliography A supplementary bibliography Key Features Complex ideas are clearly explained A double table of contents provides different ways of navigating through the volume Coverage of the theories is balanced with analysis of key texts Questions at the end of each chapter direct the reader to consider further theoretical matters and to making theoretically informed readings of literary texts Includes full guidance about further reading Offers an ideal guide for students at all levels who are new to literary theory as well as general readers Provides a Glossary of critical terms for easy reference

Literary Theory and Criticism

This comprehensive guide to literary theory and criticism includes 39 specially commissioned chapters by an international team of academics.

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Author: Patricia Waugh

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 0199291330

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 598

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This comprehensive guide to literary theory and criticism includes 39 specially commissioned chapters by an international team of academics. It includes key philosophical and aesthetic origins of literary theory, the foundational movements and thinkers in the first half of the 20th century and more.

Key Terms in Literary Theory

Guide to key terms in literary theory - designed to make difficult terms, concepts and theorists accessible and understandable.

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Author: Mary Klages

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9780826442673

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 132

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Guide to key terms in literary theory - designed to make difficult terms, concepts and theorists accessible and understandable.

The Blackwell Guide to Literary Theory

This student-friendly text introduces students to the history and scope of literary theory, as well as showing them how to perform literary analysis.

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Author: Gregory Castle

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781405171588

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 352

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This student-friendly text introduces students to the history and scope of literary theory, as well as showing them how to perform literary analysis. Designed to be used alongside primary theoretical texts as an introduction to theory or alongside literary texts as a model for performing literary analysis. Presents a series of exemplary readings of particular literary texts such as Jane Eyre, Heart of Darkness, Ulysses, To the Lighthouse and Midnight's Children. Provides a brief history of the rise of literary theory in the twentieth century, in order that students understand the historical contexts for different theories. Presents an alphabetically organized series of entries on key figures and publications, from Adorno to Žižek. Features descriptions of the major movements in literary theory, from critical theory through to postcolonial theory.

Literary Theory For Beginners

Did the author intend all these meanings? Are any and all meanings present in the text? Are all meanings equally valid?) What does the work DO? (Why is literature important? What effect does it have on the reader?

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Author: Mary Klages

Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser

ISBN: 9781939994615

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 176

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Have you heard the terms structuralism and deconstruction and postmodernism but aren’t really sure what they mean? Have you taken a whole course on literary criticism but are still feeling lost? Here’s the book you need to sort it all out—and enjoy doing so! In Literary Theory For Beginners, Mary Klages takes you into her classroom, cuts through the jargon, and explains the ABCs (and the DEFs as well) in terms you can get your head around. Her breadth of knowledge, her unique skills as a teacher, and the delightful illustrations of Frank Reynoso help us understand why literature matters, how it affects us, and how it reflects history, culture, and diversity. Here are ways of thinking about literature—not just reading it—methods of study and frameworks of interpretation from classical humanism all the way up to psychoanalysis, gender and queer theory, race, postcolonialism, and, yes, postmodernism With wit and wisdom, Klages takes on the two most frequently asked questions about literature and makes it all fun: What does the work MEAN? (What is the deeper, hidden, or symbolic meaning? Did the author intend all these meanings? Are any and all meanings present in the text? Are all meanings equally valid?) What does the work DO? (Why is literature important? What effect does it have on the reader? How can literature be a force for social change?) So sit back, relax, and take it all in!

The Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism

Publisher Description This is a Major new reference book designed to serve as an international, encyclopedic guide to the important figures, schools, and movements in this influential and expanding area of study.

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Author: Michael Groden

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:49015003006070

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 985

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The Complete Idiot s Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism

Literary theorists are hardly unified in their views, and this book reflects the various traditions, agreements, influences, and squabbles that are a part of the field.

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Author: Steven J. Venturino, PhD

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781615643271

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 336

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From Plato to Freud to ecocriticism, the book illustrates dozens of stimulating-and sometimes notoriously complex-perspectives for approaching literature and film. The book offers authoritative, clear, and easy-to-follow explanations of theories that range from established classics to the controversies of current theory. Each chapter offers a conversational, step-by-step explanation of a single theory, critic, or issue, accompanied by concrete examples for applying the concepts and engaging suggestions for related literary readings. Following a section on the foundations of literary theory, the book is organized thematically, with an eye to the best way to develop a real, working understanding of the various theories. Cross-references are particularly important, since it's through the interaction of examples that readers most effectively advance from basic topics and arguments to some of the more specialized and complicated issues. Each chapter is designed to tell a complete story, yet also to reach out to other chapters for development and debate. Literary theorists are hardly unified in their views, and this book reflects the various traditions, agreements, influences, and squabbles that are a part of the field. Special features include hundreds of references to and quotations from novels, stories, plays, poems, movies, and other media. Online resources could also include video and music clips, as well as high-quality examples of visual art mentioned in the book. The book also includes periodic "running" references to selected key titles (such as Frankenstein) in order to illustrate the effect of different theories on a single work.

Literary Theory The Basics

This third edition of Hans Bertens’ bestselling book is an essential guide to the often confusing and complicated world of literary theory.

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Author: Hans Bertens

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135052973

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 280

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This third edition of Hans Bertens’ bestselling book is an essential guide to the often confusing and complicated world of literary theory. Exploring a broad range of topics from Marxist and feminist criticism to postmodernism and new historicism Literary Theory: The Basics covers contemporary topics including: reception theory and reader response theory the new criticism of postmodernism the ‘after theory’ debate post-humanism, biopolitics and animal studies aesthetics Literary Theory: The Basics helps readers to approach the many theories and debates in this field with confidence. Now with updated case studies and further reading this is an essential purchase for anyone who strives to understand literary theory today.

A Reader s Guide to Contemporary Literary Theory

Unsurpassed as a text for upper-division and beginning graduate students, Raman Selden's classic text is the liveliest, most readable and most reliable guide to contemporary literary theory.

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Author: Raman Selden

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 0813108160

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 244

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Unsurpassed as a text for upper-division and beginning graduate students, Raman Selden's classic text is the liveliest, most readable and most reliable guide to contemporary literary theory. Includes applications of theory, cross-referenced to Selden's companion volume, Practicing Theory and Reading Literature.

Literary Theory

First published in 1983.

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Author: Terry Eagleton

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 9780816654475

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 234

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First published in 1983.

A Companion to Literary Theory

Allotting proper space to all areas of theory most relevant today, this comprehensive volume features three dozen masterfully written chapters covering such subjects as: Anglo-American New Criticism; Chicago Formalism; Russian Formalism; ...

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Author: David H. Richter

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118958735

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 496

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Introduces readers to the modes of literary and cultural study of the previous half century A Companion to Literary Theory is a collection of 36 original essays, all by noted scholars in their field, designed to introduce the modes and ideas of contemporary literary and cultural theory. Arranged by topic rather than chronology, in order to highlight the relationships between earlier and most recent theoretical developments, the book groups its chapters into seven convenient sections: I. Literary Form: Narrative and Poetry; II. The Task of Reading; III. Literary Locations and Cultural Studies; IV. The Politics of Literature; V. Identities; VI. Bodies and Their Minds; and VII. Scientific Inflections. Allotting proper space to all areas of theory most relevant today, this comprehensive volume features three dozen masterfully written chapters covering such subjects as: Anglo-American New Criticism; Chicago Formalism; Russian Formalism; Derrida and Deconstruction; Empathy/Affect Studies; Foucault and Poststructuralism; Marx and Marxist Literary Theory; Postcolonial Studies; Ethnic Studies; Gender Theory; Freudian Psychoanalytic Criticism; Cognitive Literary Theory; Evolutionary Literary Theory; Cybernetics and Posthumanism; and much more. Features 36 essays by noted scholars in the field Fills a growing need for companion books that can guide readers through the thicket of ideas, systems, and terminologies Presents important contemporary literary theory while examining those of the past The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Literary Theory will be welcomed by college and university students seeking an accessible and authoritative guide to the complex and often intimidating modes of literary and cultural study of the previous half century.

Encyclopedia of Literature and Criticism

Contains essays by approximately ninety scholars and critics in which they investigate various aspects of English literary eras, genres, and works; and includes bibliographies and suggestions for further reading.

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Author: Martin Coyle

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134977109

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 1328

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This Encyclopedia is the most comprehensive guide yet both to the nature and content of literature, and to literary criticism. In ninety essays by leading international critics and scholars, the volume covers both traditional topics such as literature and history, poetry, drama and the novel, and also newer topics such as the production and reception of literature. Current critical ideas are clearly and provocatively discussed, while the volume's arrangement reflects in a dynamic way the rich diversity of contemporary thinking about literature. Each essay seeks to provide the reader with a clear sense of the full significance of its subject as well as guidance on further reading. An essential work of reference, The Encyclopedia of Literature and Criticism is a stimulating guide to the central preoccupations of contemporary critical thinking about literature. Special Features * Clearly written by scholars and critics of international standing for readers at all levels in many disciplines * In-depth essays covering all aspects, traditional and new, of literary studies past and present * Useful cross-references within the text, with full bibliographical references and suggestions for further reading * Single index of authors, terms, topics

A History of Literary Criticism

This comprehensive guide to the history of literary criticism from antiquity to the present day provides an authoritative overview of the major movements, figures, and texts of literary criticism, as well as surveying their cultural, ...

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Author: M. A. R. Habib

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781405148849

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 848

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This comprehensive guide to the history of literary criticism from antiquity to the present day provides an authoritative overview of the major movements, figures, and texts of literary criticism, as well as surveying their cultural, historical, and philosophical contexts. Supplies the cultural, historical and philosophical background to the literary criticism of each era Enables students to see the development of literary criticism in context Organised chronologically, from classical literary criticism through to deconstruction Considers a wide range of thinkers and events from the French Revolution to Freud’s views on civilization Can be used alongside any anthology of literary criticism or as a coherent stand-alone introduction

In Search of Authority Third Edition

In Search of Authority is the most engaging introduction to literary theory available today. This is the third edition of a book that has been widely used to introduce undergraduates to the field of literary theory.

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Author: Stephen Bonnycastle

Publisher: Broadview Press

ISBN: 1770481532

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 282

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In Search of Authority is the most engaging introduction to literary theory available today. This is the third edition of a book that has been widely used to introduce undergraduates to the field of literary theory. Its distinctive quality is the way in which it makes complex literary theories, such as structuralism, deconstruction, and post-modernism, accessible to students by relating these theories to students’ own enjoyment in reading literature. Each theory is illustrated by several applications of the theory to well-known literary works. Based on a reader-response approach to literature, In Search of Authority begins with an up-to-date account of the status of literary theory in the 21st century, including a response to recent debates about the “post-theory” question. It concludes with a discussion of how an understanding of literary theory can lead to the empowerment of the individual reader, and of how the authority of the professor can be gradually transferred to the student. This third edition has been revised and updated throughout. Each chapter ends with several questions to help students check their understanding of the key ideas in the chapter.

A Handbook to Literary Research

This unique student resource is specifically designed for those beginning an MA in Literature, providing an introduction to research techniques, methodologies and information sources relevant to the study of literature at postgraduate level ...

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Author: Simon Eliot

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415198608

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 240

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"A Handbook to Literary Research is a unique and invaluable guide, specifically written for anyone undertaking postgraduate research in literature."..." Each chapter identifies and illustrates the central ideas and developments within its field, and includes 'questions and exercises' designed to help you grasp key points and practise skills. In addition the Handbook includes suggestions for further reading, a glossary, and an extensive checklist of bibliographical resources for the study of literature." -- cover.