- Paperback: 314 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 5 edition (April 16, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0582894107
- ISBN-13: 978-0582894105
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #689,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Reader's Guide to Contemporary Literary Theory 5th Edition
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"The best of the many guides to literary theory that are currently available. Widdowson and Brooker chart a clear and comprehensively documented path through the full range of what is best in contemporary literary theory…indispensable for all students of literature…An impressive achievement!"
--John Drakakis, Stirling University, UK
"This Guide is as stimulating and instructive an introduction to [literary theory] as any reader might wish for."
John Kenny, Centre for the Study of Human Settlement and Historical Change, National University of Ireland, Galway
From the Publisher
This 4th edition aims to retain the valuable features of the original book; brevity, even coverage of the main literary theories and useful further readings and bibliographies. At the same time the new edition adds new material on 'contemporary' literary theories, such as: cultural materialism, post-colonial theory, feminist theory, Black British, African-American, Asian, Caribbean theory, and Gay and Lesbian theory. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Which all goes to mean that the book is intended for a professor-level or higher. But a professor of what? At the close of the book, in its conclusions, it's revealed that many of the theorists and writers actually work and write in "cultural studies" or "Black History" or "Feminist Studies" or Philosophy. Literature and art are pushed to the end of the food chain. The master text gathers dust while these people pontificate and confuse us in the process.
But I made it through. It's not like a Foucault reader, after all! (I'll have to try that one again some day!) And I thoroughly enjoyed it, being interested in literature and literary theory and criticism. My hat is off to Peter Brooker and his partner for picking up the torch for their deceased colleague, who couldn't have imagined what literature got itself into when we bought into Saussure and Structuralism, the mathematics of art, and threw off the New Criticism and Formalism.
All in all, a really great time was had...by me.