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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 tes 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 antated 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 canical literary texts ~ Questions for further consideration ~ An antated 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
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.