The Blackwell Guide to Literary Theory / Edition 1by Gregory Castle
More than eighty years ago, the English literary critic, I. A. Richards, spoke of a “chaos of critical theories,” an assessment that would not be wide of the mark in the early years of the twenty-first century. This innovative guidebook introduces readers to the sometimes forbiddingly arcane world of literary theory, focusing on its fundamental concepts,… See more details below
More than eighty years ago, the English literary critic, I. A. Richards, spoke of a “chaos of critical theories,” an assessment that would not be wide of the mark in the early years of the twenty-first century. This innovative guidebook introduces readers to the sometimes forbiddingly arcane world of literary theory, focusing on its fundamental concepts, and the most prominent and influential theoretical figures and movements.
The Blackwell Guide to Literary Theory:
- Explores the rise of literary theory from the late nineteenth century to the dawning of the twenty-first
- Outlines the major movements of literary theory, among them Deconstruction, Marxist theory, New Historicism, and Reader-Response theory
- Includes alphabetically organized biographies of key figures, from Adorno to Žižek
- Offers a number of exemplary theoretical readings of literary texts, including Jane Eyre, Heart of Darkness, Ulysses, To the Lighthouse, and Midnight's Children
- Features an in-depth glossary of complex theoretical terms, and useful suggestions for further reading.
Table of Contents
Part I: Introduction:.
Part II: The Rise of Literary Theory:.
Part III: Scope of Literary Theory Critical Theory:.
Gender and Sexuality.
Structuralism and Formalism.
Part IV: Key Figures in Literary Theory:.
Teresa De Lauretis.
Gilles Deleuze & Félix Guattari.
Paul De Man.
Henry Louis Gates.
Sandra Gilbert & Susan Gubar.
J. Hillis Miller.
Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick.
Gayatri Chakavorty Spivak.
Part V: Reading with Literary Theory:.
William Shakespeare, Tempest.
John Keats, “Ode on a Grecian Urn”.
Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre.
Herman Melville, “Bartleby the Scrivener”.
Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness.
James Joyce, Ulysses.
Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse.
Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God.
W. B. Yeats, “Leda and the Swan”.
Samuel Beckett, Endgame.
Salman Rushdie, Midnight’s Children.
Angela Carter, Nights at the Circus.
Conclusion: How to Read Theory.
Recommendations for Further Study.
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