Literary Theory and Criticism: An Oxford Guide / Edition 1

Literary Theory and Criticism: An Oxford Guide / Edition 1

by Patricia Waugh
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199258368

ISBN-13: 9780199258369

Pub. Date: 03/16/2006

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

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

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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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ISBN-13:
9780199258369
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/16/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
618
Sales rank:
890,354
Product dimensions:
9.70(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : criticism, theory, and anti-theory1
Pt. IConcepts of criticism and aesthetic origins35
1Mimesis: ancient Greek literary theory37
2Expressivity : the Romantic theory of authorship48
3Interpretation : hermeneutics59
4Value : criticism, canons, and evaluation70
Pt. IICriticism and critical practices in the twentieth century83
5Literature and the academy85
6I. A. Richards96
7T. S. Eliot and the idea of tradition107
8Anthropology and/as myth in modern criticism119
9F. R. Leavis : criticism and culture130
10Marxist aesthetics140
11William Empson : from verbal analysis to cultural criticism152
12The new criticism166
13The intentional fallacy177
14Adorno and the Frankfurt School189
15Freud and psychoanalysis199
16The Russian debate on narrative212
17Bakhtin and the dialogic principle223
18Form, rhetoric, and intellectual history233
19Literature into culture: cultural studies after Leavis245
Pt. IIILiterary theory : movements and schools257
20Structuralism and narrative poetics259
21Psychoanalysis after Freud280
22Deconstruction298
23Feminisms319
24Postcolonialism340
25Race, nation, and ethnicity362
26Reconstructing historicism386
27Postmodernism405
28Sexualities427
29Science and criticism : beyond the culture wars451
Pt. IVFutures and retrospects473
30Performing literary interpretation475
31The responsibilities of the writer486
32Mixing memory and desire : psychoanalysis, psychology, and trauma theory497
33Theories of the gaze508
34Anti-canon theory519
35Environmentalism and ecocriticism530
36Cognitive literary criticism544
37Writing excess : the poetic principle of post-literary culture557

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