This Guide for the Perplexed provides an advanced introduction to literary theory from basic information and orientation for the uninformed leading on to more sophisticated readings. It engages directly with the difficulty many students find intimidating, asking 'What is ''Literary Theory''?' and offering a clear, concise, accessible guide to the major theories and theorists, including: humanism; structuralism; poststructuralism; psychoanalytic approaches; feminist approaches; queer theory; ideology and discourse; new historicism; race and postcolonialism; postmodernism. The final chapter points to new directions in literary and cultural theory.
About the Author
Mary Klages is Associate Professor in the English Department at the University of Colorado at Boulder, USA.
Table of Contents
1. What is "Literary Theory?" 2. Humanist Literary Theory 3. Structuralism Interlude: Humanism, Structuralism, Poststructuralism 4. Deconstruction 5. Psychoanalyses Interlude: 'Self' to 'Subject'6. Feminisms 7. Queer Theory Interlude: History to Historicism8. Ideology and Discourse 9. Race and Postcolonialist Theories 10. Postmodernism Coda - 'Now what?'BibliographyIndex
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Bravo, Klages! A little bit kindergarten, naturally, but I'\m pretty sure just about every human or even just about every grad student's theory-comprehension needs are pretty well served by this slim, lime-green little number (outside areas of specialization, of course). And like, it reads so fast and you understand every word. And there's even little insights in amidst the refreshers: like, I never really thought about how far bricolage goes toward redeeming Derrida, because most of his (now largely extinct, but let it pass) acolytes are so busy harping about logocentrism. Could have used a bit more encyclopiddity - Kristeva? Zizek? Eagleton, yo? De Man, or are we just going to pretend he didn't exist now so as to not throw the discipline into disrepute? But whatever happens in the final Deleuze and Guattari section, be it joke, dig, or copyediting error, is SO funny and this book is a good egg.