Literary Theory: An Introduction / Edition 2

Literary Theory: An Introduction / Edition 2

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by Terry Eagleton
     
 

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ISBN-10: 140517921X

ISBN-13: 2901405179217

Pub. Date: 01/01/2008

Publisher: Wiley

“This concise and lucid volume offers a satisfying survey of all the major theories, from structuralism in the 1960s to deconstruction today, that have made academic criticism both intriguing and off-putting to the outsider.” —New York Times Book Review

 

“Literary Theory has the kind of racy readability that one associates

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“This concise and lucid volume offers a satisfying survey of all the major theories, from structuralism in the 1960s to deconstruction today, that have made academic criticism both intriguing and off-putting to the outsider.” —New York Times Book Review

 

“Literary Theory has the kind of racy readability that one associates more often with English critics who have set their faces resolutely against theory. It’s not just a brilliant polemical essay; it’s also a remarkable feat of condensation, explication, and synthesis.” —Sunday Times(London)

“A concise guide to the most interesting and mystifying trends in the study of literature over the last fifty years.” —The Nation

This classic work covers all of the major movements in literary studies in this century. Noted for its clear, engaging style and unpretentious treatment, Literary Theory has become the introduction of choice for anyone interested in learning about the world of contemporary literary thought.

On the twenty-fifth anniversary of Literary Theory’s debut, Terry Eagleton reflects on the state of theory in academia today, the growth of antitheory (itself an interesting theoretical subject), its common-if problematic-place among survey coursework, and theory’s continued relevance to scholarly pursuits. In this contemporary, retrospective moment, as scholars critically analyze the incredibly broad impact of the theoretical movement, Literary Theoryremains an essential initiation to the intellectually stimulating world of theoretical analysis.

Terry Eagleton is John Edward Taylor professor of English literature at the University of Manchester. His numerous books include The Meaning of Life, How to Read a Poem, and After Theory.

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ISBN-13:
2901405179217
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
01/01/2008
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
248

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Eagleton's book remains the most helpful, and the most witty and enjoyable, introduction to the study of literary theory around. First published a decade ago, it has lost none of its zest for debate and none of its clarity in describing some rather heavy issues and ideas. Highly recommended. I would not teach a course in literary theory without it.