Literary Theory: A Reintroduction

Literary Theory: A Reintroduction

by David Ayers
     
 

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… See more details below

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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.

About the Author:
David Ayers is Reader in Modernism and Critical Theory, and Director of the Centre for Modern Poetry, at the University of Kent

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"Ayers does a superb job in tracing the many strands of theory … Well written, it displays a wealth of learning and has some beautifully modulated arguments." Times Higher Education Supplement

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405136020
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
02/25/2008
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

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