A Reader's Guide to Contemporary Literary Theory (5th Revised edition)

A Reader's Guide to Contemporary Literary Theory (5th Revised edition)

By: Peter Widdowson (author), Peter Brooker (author), Raman Selden (author)Paperback

1 - 2 weeks availability

£25.64 RRP £26.99  You save £1.35 (5%) With FREE Saver Delivery


Reflecting the continuing change and development in modern literary theory, the key features of this book includes its clarity, brevity, equal coverage of the main literary theories and useful bibliographies of further reading. Literature students will find its clearly defined sections easy to navigate and whilst avoiding over-simplification, it makes a complex subject accessible. Features -Accesible, easy to use guide C-onsiders 'New Aestheticism' and engages with the ideas of 'Post-Theory' -Contains extensive guides to further reading, web and electronic resources to ensure the quality of students' research -A glossary defines key theoretical and critical terms -Contains a guide to relevant journals New to this Edition -Coverage of 'new aestheticism' -Updated and expanded Derrida section -More historical context included in the introduction -Marxism section to include updated material on Benjamin -Postcolonial section updated and expanded -Annotated reading lists, including web and electronic resources -New glossary of terms -Updated and expanded further reading section

Create a review

About Author

Raman Selden is late Professor of English at the University of Sunderland. Peter Widdowson is Professor of Literary Studies at the University of Gloucestershire. His most recent books include: Literature (1999); The Palgrave Guide to English Literature and its Contexts 1500-2000 (2004); and Graham Swift (2005). Peter Brooker is Professor of Literary and Cultural Studies at the University of Nottingham. He is the author most recently of Modernity and Metropolis. Literature, Film and Urban Formations (2002); Bohemiain London. The Social Scene of Early Modernism (2004); and A Glossary of Cultural Theory (second edition, 2002). He is co-editor of Geographies of Modernism (2005) and co-founder of 'The Modernist Magazines Project'.


Preface to the Fifth Edition. Introduction. 1. New Criticism, moral formalism and F. R. Leavis 2. Russian formalism and the Bakhtin school 3. Reader-oriented theories 4. Structuralist theories 5. Marxist theories 6. Feminist theories 7. Poststructuralist theories 8. Postmodernist theories 9. Postcolonialist theories 10. Gay, lesbian and queer theories Conclusion: Post-Theory. Appendix 1: Recommended glossaries of theoretical and critical terms and concepts. Appendix 2: Literary, critical and cultural theory journals. Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 14/04/2005
  • ISBN13: 9780582894105
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 314
  • ID: 9780582894105
  • weight: 476
  • ISBN10: 0582894107
  • edition: 5th Revised edition

Delivery Information

  • Saver Delivery: Yes
  • 1st Class Delivery: Yes
  • Courier Delivery: Yes
  • Store Delivery: Yes

Prices are for internet purchases only. Prices and availability in WHSmith Stores may vary significantly