Introducing Literary Theories: A Guide and Glossary

Introducing Literary Theories: A Guide and Glossary

By: Julian Wolfreys (editor)Paperback

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Introducing Literary Theories is 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 Library and 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 Theories is 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 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

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About Author

Julian Wolfreys is Professor of Modern Literature and Culture, with the Department of English and Drama, at Loughborough University. He has published extensively on nineteenth- and twentieth-century British literature, and theoretical approaches to literature. His most recent books are Thomas Hardy and Literature, in Theory. He is currently working on The Derrida Wordbook (EUP) and a study of the relation between philosophy and poetry in the nineteenth century.

Contents

Contents; Preface and Acknowledgements; Abbreviations of Works Cited; Introduction, Julian Wolfreys; 1. R. Brandon Kershner: Mikhail Bakhtin and Bakhtinian criticism; Notes towards a reading of A Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man; Questions for further consideration; Annotated bibliography; Supplementary bibliography; 2. K.M. Newton: Roland Barthes and structuralist criticism; Notes towards a reading of Middlemarch; Questions for further consideration; Annotated bibliography; Supplementary bibliography; 3. Ruth Robbins: Will the real feminist theory please stand up?; Notes towards readings of Mrs Dalloway and Middlemarch; Questions for further consideration; Annotated bibliography; Supplementary bibliography; 4. Moyra Haslett: The politics of literature: Marxist Literary Theories; Notes towards a reading of Mrs Dalloway; Questions for further consideration; Annotated bibliography; Supplementary bibliography; 5. Martin McQuillan: There is no such thing as reader-response theory; Notes towards a reading of Mrs Dalloway; Questions for further consideration; Annotated bibliography; Supplementary bibliography; 6. Jill Barker: The self, the other, and the text: Psychoanalytic Criticism; Notes towards a reading of The Tempest; Questions for further consideration; Annotated bibliography; Supplementary bibliography; 7. Julian Wolfreys: Deconstruction, what remains unread; Notes towards a reading of In Memoriam A.H.H.; Questions for further consideration; Annotated bibliography; Supplementary bibliography; 8. Mark Currie: Criticism and creativity: Poststructuralist Theories; Notes towards a reading of Mrs Dalloway; Questions for further consideration; Annotated bibliography; Supplementary bibliography; 9. John Brannigan: History, power, and politics in the literary artifact: New Historicism; Notes towards readings of The Tempest & In Memoriam A.H.H; Questions for further consideration; Annotated bibliography; Supplementary bibliography; 10. John Brannigan: Conflict and contradiction: Cultural Materialism; Notes towards readings of The Tempest & In Memoriam A.H.H; Questions for further consideration; Annotated bibliography; Supplementary bibliography; 11. Gail Low & Julian Wolfreys: Postcolonialism and the difficulty of; difference; Notes towards readings of The Tempest & The Swimming-Pool Library; Questions for further consideration; Annotated bibliography; Supplementary bibliography; 12. Jane Goldman & Julian Wolfreys: Works on the Wild(e) side - performing,; transgressing, queering: Gay Studies/Queer Theories; Notes towards a reading of The Swimming-Pool Library; Questions for further consideration; Annotated bibliography; Supplementary bibliography; 13. Kenneth Womack: Theorizing culture, reading ourselves: Cultural Studies; Notes towards readings of The Swimming-Pool Library & Prospero's Books; Questions for further consideration; Annotated bibliography; Supplementary bibliography; 14. Arkady Plotnitsky: Postmodernism and Postmodernity: Literature,; Criticism,; Philosophy, Culture; Notes towards readings of The Tempest & Paradise Lost; Questions for further consideration; Annotated bibliography; Supplementary bibliography; Glossary; Index; Alternative Contents; In Memoriam. A.H.H: Deconstruction, New Historicism, Cultural Materialism; Middlemarch: Structuralism, Feminist Theory; Mrs Dalloway: Feminist Theory, Marxist Literary Theories, Reader-Response Theory, Poststructuralist Theories; Paradise Lost: Postmodernism; A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man: Bakhtin and Bakhtinian Criticism; ProsperoA's Books: Psychoanalytic Criticism, Cultural Studies; The Swimming-Pool Library: Gay Studies/Queer Theories, Postcolonialism,; Cultural Studies; The Tempest: Psychoanalytic Criticism, New Historicism, Cultural Materialism,; Postcolonialism, Postmodernism.

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  • publication date: 06/06/2001
  • ISBN13: 9780748614837
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 336
  • ID: 9780748614837
  • weight: 898
  • ISBN10: 0748614834

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