Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction

Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction


what's literary thought? Is there a dating among literature and tradition? those are a few of questions addressed by means of Jonathan Culler during this re-creation of his hugely well known Very brief Introduction. Culler, an incredibly lucid commentator and masses favorite within the box of literary concept, makes use of easy-to-grasp examples as he outlines the guidelines at the back of faculties of feedback which could rather be fairly daunting, equivalent to deconstruction, semiotics, and postcolonial idea. He explains "theory" now not through describing warring "schools" yet via sketching key "moves" that thought has inspired, and through conversing without delay in regards to the implications of conception for considering literature, human id, and the ability of language.

In this moment version, Culler comprises a lot new fabric, together with a dialogue of the "death of theory," a glance at themes equivalent to trauma conception, ecocriticism, and the hyperlink among the speculation of narrative and cognitive technological know-how, plus a brand new bankruptcy on "Ethics and Aesthetics." The booklet additionally contains up to date bibliographies. laying off mild on every thing from literature and social id, to poetry, poetics, and rhetoric, Literary Theory is a welcome consultant for all fans of literature.

About the sequence: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and magnificence, Very brief Introductions supply an advent to a few of life's best issues. Written by means of specialists for the newcomer, they reveal the best modern pondering the crucial difficulties and matters in 1000s of key themes, from philosophy to Freud, quantum idea to Islam.

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