Literary Theory: The Basics

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Taylor & Francis, 2008 - Literary Criticism - 248 pages

With a new introduction and fully updated pointers to further reading, this second edition of Hans Bertens' bestselling book is a must-have guide to the world of literary theory.

Exploring a broad range of topics from Marxist and feminist criticism to post-modernism and new historicism it includes new coverage of:

  • the latest developments in post-colonial and cultural theory
  • literature and sexuality
  • the latest schools of thought, including eco-criticism and post-humanism
  • the future of literary theory and criticism.

Literary Theory: The Basics is an essential purchase for anyone who wants to know what literary theory is and where it is going.

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User Review  - smichaelwilson - LibraryThing

An exhaustive look at the foundations of literary theory, with detailed examinations of the different forms of literary criticism. I especially enjoyed the sections on poststructuralism ... Read full review

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User Review  - medievalmama - LibraryThing

Updates Wilfred Guerin. Divided into 9 chapters --from practical/new criticism, 2 on formalism, political, 2 on post-structuralism, new historicism/cultural materialism, post-colonial, sexuality ... Read full review

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