An Introduction to Criticism: Literature - Film - Culture

An Introduction to Criticism: Literature - Film - Culture

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by Michael Ryan
     
 

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An accessible and thorough introduction to literary theory and contemporary critical practice, this book is an essential resource for beginning students of literary criticism.

  • Covers traditional approaches such as formalism and structuralism, as well as more recent developments in criticism such as evolutionary theory, cognitive studies, ethical

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Overview

An accessible and thorough introduction to literary theory and contemporary critical practice, this book is an essential resource for beginning students of literary criticism.

  • Covers traditional approaches such as formalism and structuralism, as well as more recent developments in criticism such as evolutionary theory, cognitive studies, ethical criticism, and ecocriticism
  • Offers explanations of key works and major ideas in literary criticism and suggests key elements to look for  in a literary text
  • Also applies critical approaches to various examples from film studies
  • Helps students to build a critical framework and write analytically

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“But these are only minor criticisms of what will be an extraordinarily helpful and reassuring book for many students.”  (Times Higher Education, 28 February 2013)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405182829
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
02/21/2012
Pages:
206
Sales rank:
1,198,792
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
"A marvelous new book with which to introduce students to the informed, intelligent and insightful criticism of films, literature, and culture. In easy-going and engaging prose, Ryan shows his readers why cultural criticism practiced well is still amongst the most important things we can - and must - do. Students will love following him as he moves from Adorno to Hawthorne to Fanny Burney to Negri - an original critical ride."
Imre Szeman, University of Alberta

“This is a smart and clearly written book that covers the whole field of criticism very well.”
Robert Scholes, Brown University

Meet the Author

Michael Ryan teaches American Literature and Film Studies at Temple University, USA. He is the author of numerous publications, including Literary Theory: An Anthology, second edition (co-edited with Julie Rivkin, Wiley-Blackwell, 2004), Literary Theory: A Practical Introduction, second edition (Wiley-Blackwell, 2007), Cultural Studies: An Anthology (Wiley-Blackwell, 2008), and Cultural Studies: A Practical Introduction (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010).

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