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Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction / Edition 1
     

Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction / Edition 1

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by Jonathan Culler
 

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ISBN-10: 019285383X

ISBN-13: 9780192853837

Pub. Date: 06/15/2000

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

What is literary theory? Is there a relationship between literature and culture? These are some of questions addressed by Jonathan Culler in this new edition of his highly popular Very Short Introduction. Culler, an extremely lucid commentator and much admired in the field of literary theory, uses easy-to-grasp examples as he outlines the ideas behind schools of

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What is literary theory? Is there a relationship between literature and culture? These are some of questions addressed by Jonathan Culler in this new edition of his highly popular Very Short Introduction. Culler, an extremely lucid commentator and much admired in the field of literary theory, uses easy-to-grasp examples as he outlines the ideas behind schools of criticism that can otherwise be quite daunting, such as deconstruction, semiotics, and postcolonial theory. He explains "theory" not by describing warring "schools" but by sketching key "moves" that theory has encouraged, and by speaking directly about the implications of theory for thinking about literature, human identity, and the power of language.

In this Second Edition, Culler includes much new material, including a discussion of the "death of theory," a look at topics such as trauma theory, ecocriticism, and the link between the theory of narrative and cognitive science, plus a new chapter on "Ethics and Aesthetics." The book also includes updated bibliographies. Shedding light on everything from literature and social identity, to poetry, poetics, and rhetoric, Literary Theory is a welcome guide for all lovers of literature.

About the Series: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life's most interesting topics. Written by experts for the newcomer, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics, from philosophy to Freud, quantum theory to Islam.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780192853837
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
06/15/2000
Series:
Very Short Introductions Series
Pages:
152
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 4.40(h) x 0.50(d)

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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Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Leontine More than 1 year ago
It was a very useful and comprehensive book.