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
     
 

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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.

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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.

The book has been updated and includes two new chapters, one of which (Literary theory - a history in ten events) innovatively surveys the course of theory, while the other (Theory after 'Theory') maps the arrival of new 'isms' since the second edition appeared in 2002.

Liberal humanism - Structuralism - Post-structuralism and deconstruction - Postmodernism - Psychoanalytic criticism - Feminist criticism - Lesbian/gay criticism - Marxist criticism - New historicism and cultural materialism - Postcolonial criticism - Stylistics - Narratology - Ecocriticism - Presentism/Transversal poetics/ New aestheticism/Historical formalism/Cognitive poetics.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Always reassuringly urbane, and often witty...Barry's book remains important, especially as a work of mediation between those who would innately be inclined to 'take' or 'leave' theory." — Martin Blocksidge, The Use of English: The English Association Journal for Teacher of English, 01/03/2012

Booknews
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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780719079276
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
Publication date:
05/12/2009
Series:
Beginnings Series
Edition description:
Third Edition
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
243,946
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Peter Barry is Professor of English at the University of Aberystwyth

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