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Literary Theory By Terry Eagleton

Literary Theory by Terry Eagleton

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Helps readers to understand what literature is and what it is for. This book addresses the developments in literary studies, including what the author describes as 'the growth of a kind of anti-theory', and the idea that literary theory has been institutionalized.

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Literary Theory: An Introduction by Terry Eagleton

First published in 1983, "Literary Theory: An Introduction" is probably the best-selling work of literary criticism in the world today. It propelled its author to a position of such influence and controversy within the British academy that even Prince Charles once described him as 'that dreadful Terry Eagleton'. A quarter of a century on from its original publication, "Literary Theory: An Introduction" still conjures the subversion, excitement and exoticism that characterized theory through the 1960s and 70s, when it posed an unprecedented challenge to the literary establishment. Contemporary readers seeking to understand what literature is and what it is for will be inspired and entertained by Eagleton's deft synopses of the major movements in literary studies in the twentieth century.Eagleton has added a new preface to this anniversary edition to address more recent developments in literary studies, including what he describes as 'the growth of a kind of anti-theory', and the idea that literary theory has been institutionalized. Insightful and enlightening, "Literary Theory: An Introduction" remains the essential guide to the field.

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Praise for the First Edition of Literary Theory "Literary Theory has the kind of racy readability that one associates more often with English critics who have set their faces resolutely against theory ... It's not just a brilliant polemical essay, it's also a remarkable feat of condensation, explication, and synthesis ... Stimulating and entertaining." Sunday Times "This concise and lucid volume offers a satisfying survey of all the major theories, from structuralism in the 1960s to deconstruction today, that have made academic criticism both intriguing and off-putting to the outsider." New York Times Book Review "A polemical, amusing and very informative introduction ... indispensable."Jonathan Culler "The best handbook to those arcane ics and isms, both for academy members and for any civilians who, having heard the distant roar of professorial cannons, might wonder what the skirmishing is about." Voice Literary Supplement

Table of Contents

Preface to the Anniversary EditionPreface to the Second EditionPreface to the First EditionIntroduction: What is Literature?1. The Rise of English2. Phenomenology, Hermeneutics, Reception Theory 3. Structuralism and Semiotics4. Post-Structuralism5. PsychoanalysisConclusion: Political CriticismAfterwordNotesBibliographyIndex

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GOR001320414
9780631201885
0631201882
Literary Theory: An Introduction by Terry Eagleton
Used - Very Good
Paperback
John Wiley and Sons Ltd
1996-10-26
248
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