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Overview

Critical Theory Today is the essential introduction to contemporary criticial theory. It provides clear, simple explanations and concrete examples of complex concepts, making a wide variety of commonly used critical theories accessible to novices without sacrificing any theoretical rigor or thoroughness.

This new edition provides in-depth coverage of the most common approaches to literary analysis today: feminism, psychoanalysis, Marxism, reader-response theory, new criticism, structuralism and semiotics, deconstruction, new historicism, cultural criticism, lesbian/gay/queer theory, African American criticism, and postcolonial criticism. The chapters provide an extended explanation of each theory, using examples from everyday life, popular culture, and literary texts; a list of specific questions critics who use that theory ask about literary texts; an interpretation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby through the lens of each theory; a list of questions for further practice to guide readers in applying each theory to different literary works; and a bibliography of primary and secondary works for further reading.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415974103
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/1/2006
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 488
  • Sales rank: 92,787
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Lois Tyson is a Professor of English at Grand Valley State University in Michigan, USA.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the second edition Preface for intructors Acknowledgements 1. Everything you wanted to know about critical theory but were afraid to ask 2. Psychoanalytic criticism 3. Marxist criticism 4. Feminist criticism 5. New criticism 6. Reader-response criticism 7. Structuralist criticism 8. Deconstructive criticism 9. New historical and cultural criticism 10. Lesbian, gay and queer criticism 11. African American criticism 12. Postcolonial criticism 13. Gaining an overview Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2012

    Not written in plain English.

    We had to buy this book for my child's school English class. Before the author comes out with a third edition, she should read "Stylish Academic Writing" by Helen Sword. As for English students, they would be better served by reading Strunk & White's "Elements of Style" and Stephen King's "On Writing: A Memoir." Why subject kids to this wordy book by someone at Garden Valley State University?

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