Literary Theory: A Reintroduction / Edition 1

Literary Theory: A Reintroduction / Edition 1

by David Ayers
     
 

Literary Theory: A Reintroduction introduces the current state of theory by placing it in its social, historical, and institutional contexts.

Beginning in the 1920s, the book looks at the impact of the periods preceding the ‘theory movement’ and reintroduces this movement from a contemporary perspective. Engaging the reader in questions

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Literary Theory: A Reintroduction introduces the current state of theory by placing it in its social, historical, and institutional contexts.

Beginning in the 1920s, the book looks at the impact of the periods preceding the ‘theory movement’ and reintroduces this movement from a contemporary perspective. Engaging the reader in questions about the origin, reception and analysis of literary theory, Ayers explores how and why popular criticisms developed, and considers their futures. Major influences on the development of modern theory are examined, among them the creation of university English and campus politics; the Cold War; the Anglo-Americanization of French and German theory; the culture wars; and the politics of contemporary historicist scholarship. Key figures such as F. R. Leavis, Raymond Williams, Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, Judith Butler and Alain Badiou are also discussed.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405136013
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
01/09/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

David Ayers is Reader in Modernism and Critical Theory, and Director of the Centre for Modern Poetry, at the University of Kent. His publications include Wyndham Lewis and Western Man (1992), English Literature of the 1920s (1999) and Modernism: A Short Introduction (2004).

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 English as a University Subject 4

Chapter 2 The New Criticism and Beyond 28

Chapter 3 Reconfiguring English Studies 55

Chapter 4 The Politics of Theory 80

Chapter 5 From Work to Text 104

Chapter 6 Enlightenment and Modernity 139

Chapter 7 PC Wars 163

Chapter 8 Ethics 183

Notes 210

Selected Bibliography 225

Index 238

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