Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction [NOOK Book]

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What is Literary Theory? What is the relationship between literature and culture? In fact, what is Literature, and does it matter? These are the sorts of questions addressed by Jonathan Culler in a book which steers a clear path through a subject often perceived to be impenetrable. It offers insights into theories about the nature of language and meaning, whether literature is a form of self-expression or a method of appeal to an audience, and outlines the ideas behind a number of different schools: ...
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Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction

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Overview

What is Literary Theory? What is the relationship between literature and culture? In fact, what is Literature, and does it matter? These are the sorts of questions addressed by Jonathan Culler in a book which steers a clear path through a subject often perceived to be impenetrable. It offers insights into theories about the nature of language and meaning, whether literature is a form of self-expression or a method of appeal to an audience, and outlines the ideas behind a number of different schools: deconstruction, semiotics, postcolonial theory, and structuralism amongst them. - ;What is Literary Theory? Is there a relationship between literature and culture? In fact, what is Literature, and does it matter? These are the sorts of questions addressed by Jonathan Culler in a book which steers a clear path through a subject often perceived to be complex and impenetrable. It offers discerning insights into theories about the nature of language and meaning, whether literature is a form of self-expression or a method of appeal to an audience, and outlines the ideas behind a number of different schools: deconstruction, semiotics, postcolonial theory, and structuralism amongst them. -
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780191572470
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, UK
  • Publication date: 10/23/1997
  • Series: Very Short Introductions
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 656,113
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Jonathan Culler is Class of 1916 Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Cornell University. He is past president of the American Comparative Literature Association and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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Table of Contents

1. What is theory?
2. What is literature and does it matter?
3. Literature and cultural studies
4. Language, meaning, and interpretation
5. Rhetoric, poetics, and poetry
6. Narrative
7. Performative language
8. Identity, identification, and the subject
9. Ethics and aesthetics
Appendix: Theoretical schools and movements
References
Further Reading
Index

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