Beginning theory has been helping students navigate through the thickets of literary and cultural theory for over two decades. This new and expanded fourth edition continues to offer students and readers the best one-volume introduction to the field.
The bewildering variety of approaches, theorists and technical language is lucidly and expertly unravelled. Unlike many books which assume certain positions about the critics and the theories they represent, Peter Barry allows readers to develop their own ideas once first principles and concepts have been grasped.
The book has been updated for this edition and includes a new introduction, expanded chapters, and an overview of the subject (Theory after Theory) which maps the arrival of new 'isms' since the second edition appeared in 2002 and the third edition in 2009.
About the Author
Peter Barry is Emeritus Professor of English at Aberystwyth University
Table of Contents
1. Theory before 'Theory' Liberal humanism
3. Post-structuralism and deconstruction
5. Psychoanalytic criticism
6. Feminist criticism
7. Lesbian/gay criticism
8. Marxist criticism
9. New historicism and cultural materialism
10. Postcolonial criticism
14. Literary theory a history in ten events
15. Theory after 'Theory'
Where do we go from here: Further reading
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