This thoroughly updated third edition of Critical Theory Today offers an accessible introduction to contemporary critical theory, providing in-depth coverage of the most common approaches to literary analysis today, including: feminism; psychoanalysis; Marxism; reader-response theory; New Criticism; structuralism and semiotics; deconstruction; new historicism and cultural criticism; lesbian, gay, and queer theory; African American criticism and postcolonial criticism.
This new edition features:
- a major expansion of the chapter on postcolonial criticism that includes topics such as Nordicism, globalization and the ‘end’ of postcolonial theory, global tourism and global conservation
- an extended explanation of each theory, using examples from everyday life, popular culture, and literary texts
- a list of specific questions critics ask about literary texts
- an interpretation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby through the lens of each theory
- a list of questions for further practice to guide readers in applying each theory to different literary works
- updated and expanded bibliographies
Both engaging and rigorous, this is a "how-to" book for undergraduate and graduate students new to critical theory and for college professors who want to broaden their repertoire of critical approaches to literature.
|Publisher:||Taylor & Francis|
|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
Lois Tyson is Professor Emerita of English at Grand Valley State University, USA. She is author of Critcal Theory Today, 3rd edition, Using Critical Theory, 2nd edition and Psychological Politics of the American Dream: The Commodification of Subjectivity in Twentieth-Century American Literature.
Table of Contents
1. Everything you wanted to know about critical theory but were afraid to ask 2. Psychoanalytic criticism 3. Marxist criticism 4. Feminist criticism 5. New Criticism 6. Reader-response criticism 7. Structuralist criticism 8. Deconstructive criticism 9. New historical and cultural criticism 10. Lesbian, gay, and queer criticism 11. African American criticism 12. Postcolonial criticism 13. Gaining an overview
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A very good overview of approaches to literature, from psychoanalysis to Marxist to Feminist to New Criticism to Deconstruction to New History and Cultural criticism. Tyson not only explains the theories and terminology, but gives the reader some of the foremost critics and uses Fitzgerald's Great Gatsby to exemplify each approach in essays.
Lois Tyson's 'Critical Theory Today' fully lives up to its sub-title -- it is a truly friendly book! I suspect that the Goddess of Mercy has taken the human form of Professor Tyson to relieve the suffering humanity from the fear, loathing, and confusion surrounding Critical Theory and demonstrate that this dreaded monster can actually be a very helpful critter and a bringer of enlightenment. Reading F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel 'The Great Gatsby' prior to or along with 'Critical Theory Today' will make each book even more enjoyable.