Beginning Theory: An Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory (Paperback)

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Beginning theory has been helping students navigate through the thickets of literary and cultural theory for well over a decade now. This new and expanded third edition continues to offer students and readers the best one-volume introduction to the field.
The bewildering variety of approaches, theorists and technical language is lucidly and expertly unravelled. Unlike many books which assume certain positions about the critics and the theories they represent, Peter Barry allows readers to develop their own ideas once first principles and concepts have been grasped.
The book has been updated and includes two new chapters, one of which (Literary theory - a history in ten events) innovatively surveys the course of theory, while the other (Theory after 'Theory') maps the arrival of new 'isms' since the second edition appeared in 2002.
Liberal humanism - Structuralism - Post-structuralism and deconstruction - Postmodernism - Psychoanalytic criticism - Feminist criticism - Lesbian/gay criticism - Marxist criticism - New historicism and cultural materialism - Postcolonial criticism - Stylistics - Narratology - Ecocriticism - Presentism/Transversal poetics/ New aestheticism/Historical formalism/Cognitive poetics.

About the Author

Peter Barry is Professor of English at Aberystwyth University, UK. His has published on twentieth and twenty-first-century literature (especially modern and contemporary poetry) and literary theory. His research interests are also Romanticism and the short story and the theory and practice of teaching English literature and literary theory. Some of his previous publications are Beginning Theory: an Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory, 2002, Contemporary British Poetry and the City (2002), English in Practice (2003) and Poetry Wars: British Poetry of the 1970s and the Battle of Earls Court (2006).

Praise For…

“It is no surprise to learn that Beginning theory has already been reprinted nine times. There is no other book that offers such a comprehensive account of the field, combined with thoughtful, detailed exposition of the theoretical approaches under discussion. Far from being a modest survey of contemporary literary theory, it has had a vital role in shaping the way that theory is taught in Britain and North America.” --English Association Newsletter

Product Details
ISBN: 9780719079276
ISBN-10: 0719079276
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publication Date: May 2009
Pages: 338
Language: English