Literary Theory and Criticism: An Oxford Guide / Edition 1

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This volume offers a comprehensive account of modern literary criticism, presenting the field as part of an ongoing historical and intellectual tradition. Featuring thirty-nine specially commissioned chapters from an international team of esteemed contributors, it fills a large gap in the market by combining the accessibility of single-authored selections with a wide range of critical perspectives. The volume is divided into four parts. Part One covers the key philosophical and aesthetic origins of literary theory, while Part Two discusses the foundational movements and thinkers in the first half of the twentieth century. Part Three offers introductory overviews of the most important movements and thinkers in modern literary theory, and Part Four looks at emergent trends and future directions.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199258369
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 3/16/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 618
  • Sales rank: 887,819
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Patricia Waugh has published extensively in the field of modern fiction and criticism. She is the author of The Harvest of the Sixties: English Literature and its Backgrounds (1995) and Revolutions of the Word: Intellectual Contexts for the Study of Modern Literature (1997). She has also edited a number of collections and anthologies of modern literary theory and postmodernism, most recently The Arts and Sciences of Criticism (with David Fuller).

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Table of Contents

Part 1. Philosophical and Aesthetic Origins
1. Literature and the Problem of Representation, Andrea Nightingale
2. Canons and Values, Patricia Waugh
3. The Romantic Author, Andrew Bennett
4. Hermeneutics, Timothy Clark
Part 2. Twentieth Century Critics and Criticism
5. Literature and the Academy, Chris Baldick
6. T.S. Eliot and the Idea of Tradition, Gareth Reeves
7. F.R. Leavis, Scrutiny and the Idea of Mass Society, Gary Day
8. Literature and Myth, Michael Ball
9. Freud and Psychoanalysis, Celine Surprenant
10. Virginia Woolf, Laura Marcus
11. Adorno and the Frankfurt School, Andrew Bowie
12. Marxist Aesthetics, Tony Davies
13. Cultural Studies after Leavis, Glenn Jordan
14. Practical Criticism in England, Ann Banfield
15. The New Criticism, Stephen Matterson
16. William Empson and Ambiguity, David Fuller
17. The Russian Debate on Narrative, Gary Saul Morson
18. The Intentional Fallacy, Peter Lamarque
19. Rhetoric, reading and intellectual history, Faiza Shereen
20. Bakhtin and the ideal of a dialogue poetics, Lynne Pearce
21. Linguistic Criticism, Chris Kennedy
Part 3. Modern Literary Theory
22. Structuralism and Narratology, Susana Onega
23. Deconstruction, Alex Thomson
24. Feminisms, Fiona Tolan
25. Sexual Identities, Tony Purvis
26. Reconstructing History, P. W. A. Hamilton
27. Postcolonialism, Elleke Boehmer
28. Race, Nation and Ethnicity, Kathy Kerr
29. Psychoanalysis, Josiane Paacaud-Huguet
30. Postmodernism, Chris Snipp-Warmsley
Part 4. Future Directions
31. Environmentalism and Eco-Criticism, Richard Kerridge
32. Cognitive Literary Criticism, Alan Richardson
33. Criticism and Science Wars, Christopher Norris
34. Theories of the Gaze, Jeremy Hawthorn
35. Mixing Memory and Desire, Roger Luckhurst
36. Criticism and Authorial Experience, Sean Burke
37. Foreign Bodies and Border-Guards, David Punter
38. The Writing of Excess, Scott Wilson
39. Performing Literacy Interpretation, Ken Newton

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