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Literary Theory From Plato To Barthes

Literary Theory From Plato To Barthes

by Richard Harland


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Literary Theory From Plato To Barthes

Richard Harland provides a lucid account of all the major movements in literary theory up to the late 1960s. In a lucid and accessible style, he unfolds a comprehensive "story" of literary theory in all its manifestations. Because contemporary literary theory depends heavily upon European thinkers, the book has an international focus, and its coverage extends from philosophers to social theorists to linguists. Harland explains the essential principles of each theoretical position, looking behind particular critical judgments and interpretations in order to convey a core grasp of underlying positions.

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ISBN-13: 9780312224813
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 09/01/1999
Edition description: REV
Pages: 318
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.87(d)

About the Author

Richard Harland is Senior Fellow on the English Program at the University of Wollongong, Australia.

Table of Contents

Literary Theory in Classical Times
• Literary Theory in the Middle Ages
• The Rise and Fall of Neoclassicism
• Romantic Literary Theory
• Social Theories of the 19th Century
• Naturalism, Symbolism and Modernism
• New Developments in Theory
• 20th Century Russian Theory
• Anglo-American Criticism 1900-1960
• Phenomenological Criticism in France and Germany
• French Structuralism
• Into the Postmodernist Period

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