The Blackwell Guide to Literary Theory / Edition 1

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This student-friendly text introduces students to the history and scope of literary theory, as well as showing them how to perform literary analysis.
  • Designed to be used alongside primary theoretical texts as an introduction to theory or alongside literary texts as a model for performing literary analysis.
  • Presents a series of exemplary readings of particular literary texts such as Jane Eyre, Heart of Darkness, Ulysses, To the Lighthouse and Midnight's Children.
  • Provides a brief history of the rise of literary theory in the twentieth century, in order that students understand the historical contexts for different theories.
  • Presents an alphabetically organized series of entries on key figures and publications, from Adorno to Žižek.
  • Features descriptions of the major movements in literary theory, from critical theory through to postcolonial theory.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Castle (Arizona State Univ.) provides cogent summaries of a wide range of literary theories." -CHOICE
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631232735
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/9/2008
  • Series: Wiley Blackwell Literature Handbooks Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Gregory Castle is Professor of English Literature at Arizona State University. His previous books include Modernism and the Celtic Revival (2001), Postcolonial Discourses: An Anthology (Blackwell, 2001), and Reading the Modernist Bildungsroman (2006).

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Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction:.

Part II: The Rise of Literary Theory:.


Part III: Scope of Literary Theory Critical Theory:.

Cultural Studies.


Ethnic Studies.

Feminist Theory.

Gender and Sexuality.

Marxist Theory.

Narrative Theory.

New Criticism.

New Historicism.

Postcolonial Studies.




Reader-Response Theory.

Structuralism and Formalism.

Part IV: Key Figures in Literary Theory:.

Theodor Adorno.

Louis Althusser.

Mikhail Bahktin.

Roland Barthes.

Jean Baudrillard.

Walter Benjamin.

Homi Bhabha.

Pierre Bourdieu.

Judith Butler.

Hazel Carby.

Hélène Cixous.

Teresa De Lauretis.

Gilles Deleuze & Félix Guattari.

Paul De Man.

Jacques Derrida.

Terry Eagleton.

Frantz Fanon.

Stanley Fish.

Michel Foucault.

Henry Louis Gates.

Sandra Gilbert & Susan Gubar.

Stephen Greenblatt.

Stuart Hall.

Donna Haraway.

bell hooks.

Linda Hutcheon.

Luce Irigaray.

Wolfgang Iser.

Fredric Jameson.

Julia Kristeva.

Jacques Lacan.

Jean-François Lyotard.

J. Hillis Miller.

Edward Said.

Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick.

Elaine Showalter.

Gayatri Chakavorty Spivak.

Raymond Williams.

Slavoj Zizek.

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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