Beginning Theory: An Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory

Beginning Theory: An Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory

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by Peter Barry, Barry
     
 

"Beginning theory has been helping students navigate through the thickets of literary and cultural theory for well over a decade now. This new and expanded third edition continues to offer students and readers the best one-volume introduction to the field." The bewildering variety of approaches, theorists and technical language is lucidly and expertly unravelled.… See more details below

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"Beginning theory has been helping students navigate through the thickets of literary and cultural theory for well over a decade now. This new and expanded third edition continues to offer students and readers the best one-volume introduction to the field." The bewildering variety of approaches, theorists and technical language is lucidly and expertly unravelled. Unlike many books which assume certain positions about the critics and the theories they represent, Peter Barry allows readers to develop their own ideas once first principles and concepts have been grasped.

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An accessible yet non-simplistic guide to 11 major types of theoretical thought encountered in university courses on literary and cultural theory, from liberal humanism to lesbian/gay criticism to postcolonial criticism and stylistics. Each chapter describes the central tenets of the approach, discusses what each type of critic does, provides examples, poses study questions to the reader, and provides a selected reading list. 5x8". Distributed by St. Martin's Press. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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“It is no surprise to learn that Beginning theory has already been reprinted nine times. There is no other book that offers such a comprehensive account of the field, combined with thoughtful, detailed exposition of the theoretical approaches under discussion. Far from being a modest survey of contemporary literary theory, it has had a vital role in shaping the way that theory is taught in Britain and North America.” --English Association Newsletter

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780719043253
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
Publication date:
10/28/1995
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.91(w) x 8.27(h) x (d)

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