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The fifth edition of this reader's guide remains true to the ideals of previous editions, providing a concise guide to contemporary literary theories. The book covers a vast range of differing forms of English literature. Content: New criticism, moral formalism, and F.R. Leavis -- Origins : Eliot, Richards, Empson -- The American new critics -- Moral formalism : F.R. Leavis -- Russian formalism and the Bahktin School -- Shklovsky, Mukařovský, Jakobson -- The Bakhtin School -- Reader-oriented theories -- Phenomenology : Husserl, Heidegger, Gadamer -- Hans Robert Jauss and Wolfgang Iser -- Fish, Riffaterre, Bleich -- Structuralist theories -- The linguistic background -- Structuralist narratology -- Metaphor and metonymy -- Structuralist poetics -- Marxist theories -- Soviet socialist realism -- Lukács and Brecht -- The Frankfurt School and after : Adorno and Benjamin -- "Structuralist" Marxism : Goldmann, Althusser, Macherey -- "New Left" Marxism : Williams, Eagleton, Jameson -- Feminist theories -- First-wave feminist criticism : Woolf and de Beauvoir -- Second-wave feminist criticism -- Kate Millett : sexual politics -- Marxist feminism -- Elaine Showalter : gynocriticism -- French feminism : Kristeva, Cixous, Irigaray -- Poststructuralist theories -- Roland Barthes -- Psychoanalytic theories -- Jacques Lacan -- Julia Kristeva -- Deleuze and Guattari -- Deconstruction : Jacques Derrida -- American deconstruction -- Michel Foucault -- New historicism and cultural materialism -- Postmodernist theories -- Jean Baudrillard -- Jean-François Lyotard -- Postmodernism and Marxism -- Postmodern feminisms -- Postcolonialist theories -- Edward Said -- Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak -- Homi K. Bhabha -- Race and ethnicity -- Gay, lesbian, and queer theories -- Gay theory and criticism -- Lesbian feminist theory and criticism -- Queer theory and criticism -- Post-theory. Abstract: Provides an introduction to the field of modern literary theory. Students are introduced to New Criticism, Reader-Response Theory, Marxist Criticism, Structuralism, Post-Structuralism, Post-Modernism and Feminism, as well as to Cultural Materialism and New Historicism, Postcolonialism and Gay, Lesbian and Queer Theory. Read more...
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