This thoroughly updated third edition of Critical Theory Today offers an accessible introduction to contemporary critical theory, providing in-depth coverage of the most common approaches to literary analysis today, including: feminism; psychoanalysis; Marxism; reader-response theory; New Criticism; structuralism and semiotics; deconstruction; new historicism and cultural criticism; lesbian, gay, and queer theory; African American criticism and postcolonial criticism.
This new edition features:
a major expansion of the chapter on postcolonial criticism that includes topics such as Nordicism, globalization and the `end' of postcolonial theory, global tourism and global conservation
an extended explanation of each theory, using examples from everyday life, popular culture, and literary texts
a list of specific questions critics ask about literary texts
an interpretation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby through the lens of each theory
a list of questions for further practice to guide readers in applying each theory to different literary works
updated and expanded bibliographies
Both engaging and rigorous, this is a "how-to" book for undergraduate and graduate students new to critical theory and for college professors who want to broaden their repertoire of critical approaches to literature.
Lois Tyson is Professor Emerita of English at Grand Valley State University, USA. She is author of Critcal Theory Today, 3rd edition, Using Critical Theory, 2nd edition and Psychological Politics of the American Dream: The Commodification of Subjectivity in Twentieth-Century American Literature.
1. Everything you wanted to know about critical theory but were afraid to ask 2. Psychoanalytic criticism 3. Marxist criticism 4. Feminist criticism 5. New Criticism 6. Reader-response criticism 7. Structuralist criticism 8. Deconstructive criticism 9. New historical and cultural criticism 10. Lesbian, gay, and queer criticism 11. African American criticism 12. Postcolonial criticism 13. Gaining an overview