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Twentieth-Century Literary Theory


A thoroughly revised edition of this successful undergraduate introduction to literary theory, this text includes core pieces by leading theorists from Russian Formalists to Postmodernist and Post-colonial critics. An ideal teaching resource, with helpful introductory notes to each chapter.

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A thoroughly revised edition of this successful undergraduate introduction to literary theory, this text includes core pieces by leading theorists from Russian Formalists to Postmodernist and Post-colonial critics. An ideal teaching resource, with helpful introductory notes to each chapter.

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'[An] excellent iece of work...The selections are ideal text for an introductory course in theory...I shall certainly use it in my own teaching.' - Professor Stanley Fish, Department of English, Duke University

'a remarkably wide-ranging survey.' - Times Educational Supplement

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312175894
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 11/1/1997
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements - Introduction - SECTION 1: RUSSIAN FORMALISM AND PRAGUE STRUCTURALISM - Art as Technique; V.Shklovsky - The Dominant; R.Jakobson - The Object, Tasks and Methods of Literary History; P.N. Medvedev & M.Bakhtin - Aesthetic Function, Norm and Value as Social Facts; J.Mukarovsky - SECTION 2: THE NEW CRITICISM AND LEAVISIAN CRITICISM - Poetry and Beliefs; I.A. Richards - The Formalist Critic; C.Brooks - Formalist Criticism: Its Principles and Limits; K.Burke - The Relevant Context of a Literary Text; J.M.Ellis - Literary Criticism and Philosophy; F.R.Leavis - Object, Feeling and Judgement: F.R. Leavis; J.Casey - SECTION 3: HERMENEUTICS - Language as Determination of the Hermeneutic Object; H.G.Gadamer - Three Dimensions of Hermeneutics; E.D.Hirsch,Jr - The Appeal to the Text: What are we Appealing to?; P.D.Juhl - The Conflict of Interpretations; P.Ricoeur - Breaking the Circle: Hermeneutics as Disclosure; W.V.Spanos - SECTION 4: LINGUISTICS CRITICISM - Linguistics and Poetics; R.Jakobson - Literature as Discourse; R.Fowler SECTION 5: STRUCTURALISM AND SEMIOTICS - Definition of Poetics; T.Todorov - Structuralism and Literary Criticism; G.Genette - Science versus Literature; R.Barthes - Semiotics as a Theory of Reading; J.Culler - The Content and Structure of the Concept of 'Literature'; Y.M.Lotman -The Problem of Interpretation; M.Peckham - SECTION 6: POST-STRUCTURALISM - Structure, Sign and Play in the Discourse of the Human Sciences; J.Derrida - The Death of the Author; R.Barthes - The System and the Speaking Subject; J.Kristeva - Lecture: 7 January 1976; M.Foucault - The Resistance to Theory; Man - SECTION 7: PSYCHOANALYTIC THEORY - Reading and Identity: A Psychoanalytic Revolution; N.N.Holland - Poetry, Revisionism and Repression; H.Bloom - The Madness of Interpretation: Literature and Psychoanalysis; S.Felman - SECTION 8: MARXIST AND NEO-MARXIST CRITICISM - English Poets: The Decline of Capitalism; C.Caudwell - Critical Realism and Socialist Realism; G.Lukacs - The Author as Producer; W.Benjamin - Towards a Science of the Text; T.Eagleton - S/Z; R.Coward & J.Ellis - On Interpretation: Literature as a Socially Symbolic Act; F.Jameson SECTION 9: RECEPTION THEORY AND READER-RESPONSE CRITICISM - Literary History as a Challenge to Literary Theory; H.R.Jauss - Indeterminacy and the Reader's Response; W.Iser - The Subjective Character of Critical Interpretation; D.Bleich - Interpreting the Variorum; S.Fish - SECTION 10: FEMINIST CRITICISM - Beyond the Net: Feminist Criticism as Moral Criticism; J.Donovan - Towards a Feminist Poetics; E.Showalter - Sexual Politics and Critical Judgement; E.A.Messe - Conversations; H.Cixous - SECTION 11: CULTURAL MATERIALISM AND THE NEW HISTORICISM - Dominant, Residual and Emergent; R.Williams - Professing the Renaissance: The Poetics and Politics of Culture; L.A.Montrose - Reading Dissidence; A.Sinfield - SECTION 12: NEW PRAGMATISM - Against Theory; S.Knapp & W.B.Michaels - Consequences; S.Fish - SECTION 13: POSTMODERNISM - Postmodernism, or The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism; F.Jameson - Theorizing the Postmodern; L.Hutcheon - SECTION 14: POST-COLONIAL CRITICISM - Overlapping Territories, Enterwined Histories; E.Said - The Other Question: The Stereotype and Colonial Discourse; H.K.Bhabha - Index

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