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Literary Theory: A Complete Introduction

Literary Theory: A Complete Introduction (Paperback)

By Upstone, Sara

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Written by a Principal Lecturer in English with over ten years' experience in teaching literary and cultural theory, Literary Theory: A Complete Introduction gives you everything you need to succeed, all in one place. It outlines the basics in clear, jargon-free English, and prov... read full description below.

ISBN 9781473611924
Barcode 9781473611924
Published 11 July 2017 by John Murray Press
Format Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781473611924
ISBN-10 147361192X
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Publisher John Murray Press
Imprint Teach Yourself
Publication Date 11 July 2017
International Publication Date 22 August 2017
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Upstone, Sara
Category Literary Reference Works
Literary Theory
Literary Studies: General
Number of Pages 304
Dimensions Width: 134mm
Height: 214mm
Spine: 18mm
Weight 360g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress History, Literature - Philosophy, Criticism, Literature - History and criticism - Theory, etc, Criticism - History
NBS Text Literary Theory
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 801
Catalogue Code 771815

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Literary theory has now become integral to how we produce literary criticism. When critics write about a text, they no longer think just about the biographical or historical contexts of the work, but also about the different approaches that literary theory offers. By making use of these, they create new interpretations of the text that would not otherwise be possible. In your own reading and writing, literary theory fosters new avenues into the text. It allows you to make informed comments about the language and form of literature, but also about the core themes - concepts such as gender, sexuality, the self, race, and class - which a text might explore. Literary theory gives you an almost limitless number of texts to work into your own response, ensuring that your interpretation is truly original. This is why, although literary theory can initially appear alienating and difficult, it is something to get really excited about. Imagine you are standing in the centre of a circular room, with a whole set of doors laid out around you. Each doorway opens on to a new and illuminating field of knowledge that can change how you think about what you have read: perhaps in just a small way, but also perhaps dramatically and irrevocably. You can open one door, or many of them. The choice is yours. Put the knowledge you gain together with your own interpretation, however, and you have a unique and potentially fascinating response. Each chapter in Literary Theory: A Complete Introduction covers a key school of thought, progressing to a point at which you'll have a full understanding of the range of responses and approaches available for textual interpretation. As well as focusing on such core areas as Marxism, Modernism, Postmodernism, Structuralism and Poststructuralism, this introduction brings in recent developments such as Eco and Ethical Criticism and Humanisms.

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UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 2 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Sara Upstone is Principal Lecturer in English Literature at Kingston University. She specializes in contemporary postcolonial, British and American literature. She is the author or editor of three books on culture and theory) and has been teaching in this area for over ten years. She is currently researching the relationship between literary genre and representations of race in contemporary fiction.

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