Literary Theory: The Basics

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Psychology Press, 2001 - Criticism - 256 pages
Providing the ideal first step in understanding the often bewildering world of literary theory, Literary Theory: The Basics is an easy to follow and clearly presented introduction to this fascinating area. Showing that theory can not only make sense, but also radically change the way in which we read, Literary Theory: The Basics: * leads readers through the major approached to literature that are signalled by the term ~literary theory' * places each critical movement in its historical (and often political) context * illustrates theory in practice with examples from well-known texts * suggests further reading for those especially interested in a particular critical approach. Covering all the basics and much more, this is the perfect book for anyone interested in how we read and why that matters.

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formalism
31
French
53
the new historicism
171
Postcolonial criticism and theory
193
Sexuality literature and culture
217
Bibliography
237
Index
247
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