- 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: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,073,559 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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A classic introduction to the ever-evolving field of modern literary theory, now in an expanded and updated edition.
- Considers 'New Aestheticism' and engages with the ideas of 'Post-Theory'
- Contains extensive guides to further reading, web and electronic resources to ensure the quality of students' research
- A glossary defines key theoretical and critical terms
- Contains a guide to relevant journals
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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.