Literary Theories: A Reader and Guide

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Literary Theories is the first reader and introductory guide in one volume. Divided into 12 sections covering structuralism, feminism, marxism, reader-response theory, psychoanalysis, deconstruction, post-structuralism, postmodernism, new historicism, postcolonialism, gay studies and queer theory, and cultural studies, Literary Theories introduces the reader to the most challenging and engaging aspects of critical studies in the humanities today.

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Overview

Literary Theories is the first reader and introductory guide in one volume. Divided into 12 sections covering structuralism, feminism, marxism, reader-response theory, psychoanalysis, deconstruction, post-structuralism, postmodernism, new historicism, postcolonialism, gay studies and queer theory, and cultural studies, Literary Theories introduces the reader to the most challenging and engaging aspects of critical studies in the humanities today.

Classic essays representing the different theoretical positions and offering striking examples of close readings of literature are preceded by new introductions which present the theory in question and discuss its main currents. With a full glossary and detailed bibliography, Literary Theories is the perfect introductory guide and reader in one volume.

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Classic essays setting out different theoretical positions and providing examples of close readings of literature are preceded by new introductions that describe the theory in question and discuss its main currents. Among the twelve theories treated are structuralism, feminism, Marxism, post colonialism, and gay studies and queer theory. The collection is not indexed. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814793619
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/1999
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 1.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Julian Wolfrey's books include Being English: Narratives, Idioms and Performances of National Identity from Coleridge to Trollope and, co-authored with Bill Baker, Literary Theory: A Case Study in Critical Performance.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Foreword
Introduction: Border Crossings, or Close Encounters of the Textual Kind 1
Pt. 1 Structuralism
Introduction: Never Standing Still, or Is Roland Barthes Structuralism? 15
1.1 From Science to Literature 24
1.2 From S/Z 30
Pt. 2 Feminism
Introduction: Will the Real Feminist Theory Please Stand Up? 49
2.1 Medusa's Voice: Male Hysteria in The Bostonians 59
2.2 Sylvia Townsend Warner and the Counterplot of Lesbian Fiction 72
2.3 Myself and M/others: Colette, Wilde and Duchamp 84
Pt. 3 Marxist Literary Theories
Introduction: The Politics of Literature 99
3.1 From Towards a Revolutionary Criticism 109
3.2 Marxism and Literature 116
Pt. 4 Reader-Response Theories
Introduction: There Is No Such Thing as Reader-Response Theory 139
4.1 Describing Poetic Structures: Two Approaches to Baudelaire's 'Les Chats' 149
4.2 The Poetic Text within the Change of Horizons of Reading: The Example of Baudelaire's 'Spleen II' 162
4.3 The Imaginary 179
Pt. 5 Psychoanalytic Criticism
Introduction: Screening the Other 201
5.1 Difference 211
5.2 Using Lacan: Reading To the Lighthouse 233
Pt. 6 Deconstruction
Introduction: What Remains Unread 267
6.1 Letter to a Japanese Friend 282
6.2 Thomas Hardy, Jacques Derrida and the 'Dislocation of Souls' 288
6.3 On Not Reading: Derrida and Beckett 298
Pt. 7 Poststructuralism
Introduction: Criticism and Conceit 317
7.1 Semiology and Rhetoric 328
7.2 Scoring Literature 342
Pt. 8 Postmodernism
Introduction: Postmodernism? Not Representing Postmodernism 359
8.1 Answer to the Question, What Is the Postmodern? 371
8.2 Simulacra and Simulations 381
8.3 Nostalgia for the Present 395
Pt. 9 New Historicism
Introduction: History, Power and Politics in the Literary Artifact 417
9.1 Marxism and the New Historicism 428
9.2 'Shaping Fantasies': Figurations of Gender and Power in Elizabethan Culture 439
Pt. 10 Postcolonial Theory
Introduction: The Difficulty of Difference 463
10.1 Of Mimicry and Man: The Ambivalence of Colonial Discourse 474
10.2 Loafers and Story-Tellers 481
10.3 Film as Ethnography; or, Translation between Cultures in the Postcolonial World 499
Pt. 11 Gay Studies/Queer Theory
Introduction: Works on the Wild(e) Side - Performing, Transgressing, Queering 525
11.1 Queer and Now 537
11.2 Post/modern: On the Gay Sensibility, or the Pervert's Revenge on Authenticity - Wilde, Genet, Orton, and Others 553
11.3 Critically Queer 570
Pt. 12 Cultural Studies
Introduction: Theorising Culture, Reading Ourselves 593
12.1 Cultural Studies and Reading 604
12.2 Cities without Maps 611
12.3 Art as Cultural Production 626
Works Cited 647
Notes on Contributors 661
Acknowledgements 665
Index of Proper Names 669
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