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The Complete Idiot S Guide To Literary Theory And Criticism

Author : Steven J. Venturino, PhD
ISBN : 9781615643271
Genre : Literary Criticism
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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.

The Complete Idiot S Guide To Literary Theory And Criticism

Author : Steven J. Venturino
ISBN : 1615642412
Genre : Literary Criticism
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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.

The Complete Idiot S Guide To English Literature

Author : Jay Stevenson
ISBN : 1592576567
Genre : Literary Criticism
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An easy-to-follow overview of the history of English literature ranges from Chaucer to the present day as it looks at the evolution of literature on both sides of the Atlantic, examining a wide range of genres--including fiction, poetry, drama, and prose--and profiling the contributions of such key figures as Shakespeare, Milton, Updike, and others. Original.

Theory Of Literature

Author : Paul H. Fry
ISBN : 9780300183368
Genre : LITERARY CRITICISM
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Bringing his perennially popular course to the page, Yale University Professor Paul H. Fry offers in this welcome book a guided tour of the main trends in twentieth-century literary theory. At the core of the book's discussion is a series of underlying questions: What is literature, how is it produced, how can it be understood, and what is its purpose? Fry engages with the major themes and strands in twentieth-century literary theory, among them the hermeneutic circle, New Criticism, structuralism, linguistics and literature, Freud and fiction, Jacques Lacan's theories, the postmodern psyche, the political unconscious, New Historicism, the classical feminist tradition, African American criticism, queer theory, and gender performativity. By incorporating philosophical and social perspectives to connect these many trends, the author offers readers a coherent overall context for a deeper and richer reading of literature.

Literary Theory A Guide For The Perplexed

Author : Mary Klages
ISBN : 0826490735
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This Guide introduces theory in a clear, accessible way, focusing on the major approaches and theorists.

Literary Criticism In The 21st Century

Author : Vincent B. Leitch
ISBN : 9781472528315
Genre : Literary Criticism
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For more than a decade literary criticism has been thought to be in a post-theory age. Despite this, the work of thinkers such as Derrida, Deleuze and Foucault and new writers such as Agamben and Ranciere continue to be central to literary studies. Literary Criticism in the 21st Century explores the explosion of new theoretical approaches that has seen a renaissance in theory and its importance in the institutional settings of the humanities today. Literary Criticism in the 21st Century covers such issues as: The institutional history of theory in the academy The case against theory, from the 1970s to today Critical reading, theory and the wider world Keystone works in contemporary theory New directions and theory's many futures Written with an engagingly personal and accessible approach that brings theory vividly to life, this is a passionate defence of theory and its continuing relevance in the 21st century.

The Literary Theory Toolkit

Author : Herman Rapaport
ISBN : 9781444395686
Genre : Literary Criticism
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The Literary Theory Toolkit offers readers a rich compendium of key terms, concepts, and arguments necessary for the study of literature in a critical-theoretical context. Includes varied examples drawn from readily available literary texts spanning all periods and genres Features a chapter on performance, something not usually covered in similar texts Covers differing theories of the public sphere, ideology, power, and the social relations necessary for the understanding of approaches to literature

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