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Literary Theory

Literary Theory (Paperback, New title)

By Carter, David R.

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From university students to the average intelligent reader, everyone is expected to justify their theoretical perspective. This volume guides dogged readers through the ways of critical analysis and logic. It presents the key concepts of 'Literary Theory', explaining and enabling... read full description below.

ISBN 9781904048664
Barcode 9781904048664
Published 8 June 2006 by OLDCASTLE BOOKS LTD
Format Paperback, New title
Series Pocket Essentials
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ISBN-13 9781904048664
ISBN-10 1904048668
Stock Available
Status Title is temporarily out of stock
Imprint Kamera Books
Publication Date 8 June 2006
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback, New title
Edition New title
Author(s) By Carter, David R.
Series Pocket Essentials
Category Non-Fiction (Child / Teen)
Literary Theory
Number of Pages 160
Dimensions Width: 111mm
Height: 178mm
Spine: 11mm
Weight 96g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
Library of Congress Literature, Criticism
NBS Text Literary Theory
ONIX Text College/higher education
Dewey Code 801
Catalogue Code 1002613

Description of this Book

It sounds daunting: all those '-isms', long technical words, weird French thinkers and incomprehensible Germans. You can't read a book now a days, it seems, without being required to refer to them. From university students to the average intelligent reader, everyone is expected to justify their 'theoretical perspective'. The problem is that defining what you mean by 'theory', let alone what you mean by 'literary', causes most people, including the theorists themselves, to mumble incoherently and shuffle their feet. And it is not as though there were just one coherent body of theory to master: there are Formalist, Structuralist, Marxist and Psychoanalytical theories; Post-structuralist, Post-colonialist, and Postmodernist theories; not to mention Feminist and Queer Theories, and even Anti-Theories! Most books providing introductions to Literary Theory are long-winded tomes, guiding dogged readers through the twists and turns of critical analysis and logic. This small volume goes to the heart of the key concepts of Literary Theory , explaining them in clear everyday language. It provides witty and memorable comments and quotations, and enables the student of literature to raise the most pertinent and challenging questions, which even university professors have difficulty answering.

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Author's Bio

Dr. David Carter has taught at several UK universities and presently teaches at Yonsei University, Seoul. He has published on psychoanalysis, literature, drama, film history and applied linguistics, and is also a freelance journalist and translator. He is the author of the Pocket Essentials volume on Georges Simenon.

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