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Beginning Theory : An Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory,9780719043260

Beginning Theory : An Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory

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9780719043260

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0719043263
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Pub. Date:
10/15/1995
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Manchester University Press
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Summary

In this second edition ofBeginning Theory, the variety of approaches, theorists, and technical language is lucidly and expertly unraveled and explained, and allows readers to develop their own ideas once first principles have been grasped. Expanded and updated from the original edition first published in 1995, Peter Barry has incorporated all of the recent developments in literary theory, adding two new chapters covering the emergent Eco-criticism and the re-emerging Narratology.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix
Introduction 1(1)
About this book
1(5)
Approaching theory
6(3)
Stop and think: Reviewing your study of literature to date
8(1)
-- My own stock-taking
9(2)
Theory before `theory' -- liberal humanism
11(28)
The history of English studies
11(5)
Stop and think:
11(5)
Ten tenets of liberal humanism
16(5)
Literary theorising from Aristotle to Leavis -- some key moments
21(10)
Liberal humanism in practice
31(1)
The transition to `theory'
32(2)
Some recurrent ideas in critical theory
34(2)
Selected reading
36(3)
Structuralism
39(22)
Structuralist chickens and liberal humanist eggs
39(2)
Signs of the fathers -- Saussure
41(5)
Stop and think
45(1)
The scope of structuralism
46(3)
What structuralist critics do
49(1)
Structuralist criticism: examples
50(10)
Stop and think
53(2)
Stop and think
55(2)
Stop and think
57(3)
Selected reading
60(1)
Post-structuralism and deconstruction
61(20)
Some theoretical differences between structuralism and post-structuralism
61(4)
Post-structuralism - life on a decentred planet
65(5)
Stop and think
68(2)
Structuralism and post-structuralism - some practical differences
70(3)
What post-structuralist critics do
73(1)
Deconstruction: an example
73(6)
Selected reading
79(2)
Postmodernism
81(15)
What is postmodernism? What was modernism?
81(4)
`Landmarks' in postmodernism: Habermas and Baudrillard
85(6)
Stop and think
90(1)
What postmodernist critics do
91(1)
Postmodernist criticism: an example
91(3)
Selected reading
94(2)
Psychoanalytic criticism
96(25)
Introduction
96(2)
How Freudian interpretation works
98(4)
Stop and think
101(1)
Freud and evidence
102(3)
What Freudian psychoanalytic critics do
105(1)
Freudian psychoanlytic criticism: examples
105(3)
Lacan
108(7)
What Lacanian critics do
115(1)
Lacanian criticism: an example
115(3)
Selected reading
118(3)
Feminist criticism
121(18)
Feminism and feminist criticism
121(3)
Feminist criticism and the role of theory
124(2)
Feminist criticism and language
126(4)
Feminist criticism and psychoanalysis
130(4)
Stop and think
133(1)
What feminist critics do
134(1)
Feminist criticism: an example
134(2)
Selected reading
136(3)
Lesbian/gay criticism
139(17)
Lesbian and gay theory
139(1)
Lesbian feminism
140(3)
Queer theory
143(5)
What lesbian/gay criticis do
148(2)
Stop and think
149(1)
Lesbian/gay criticism: an example
150(3)
Selected reading
153(3)
Marxist criticism
156(16)
Beginnings and basics of Marxism
156(2)
Marxist literary criticism: general
158(1)
`Leninist' Marxist criticism
159(2)
`Engelsian' Marxist criticism
161(2)
The present: the influence of Althusser
163(4)
Stop and think
166(1)
What Marxist critics do
167(1)
Marxist criticism: an example
168(2)
Selected reading
170(2)
New historicism and cultural materialism
172(19)
New historicism
172(2)
New and old historicisms - some differences
174(1)
New historicism and Foucault
175(2)
Advantages and disadvantages of new historicism
177(2)
Stop and think
178(1)
What new historicists do
179(1)
New historicism: an example
179(3)
Cultural materialism
182(2)
How is cultural materialism different from new historicism?
184(3)
Stop and think
186(1)
What cultural materialist critics do
187(1)
Cultural materialism: an example
187(2)
Selected reading
189(2)
Postcolonial criticism
191(11)
Background
191(2)
Postcolonial reading
193(5)
Stop and think
197(1)
What postcolonialist critics do
198(1)
Postcolonialist criticism: an example
199(1)
Selected reading
200(2)
Stylistics
202(18)
Stylistics, a theory or a practice?
000(204)
A brief historical account: from rhetoric, to philology, to linguistics, to stylistics, to new stylistics
204(3)
How does stylistics differ from standard close reading?
207(2)
The ambitions of stylistics
209(4)
Stop and think
212(1)
What stylistic critics do
213(1)
Stylistics: examples
214(4)
Selected reading
218(2)
Appendices 220(7)
1 `The oval portrait'
220(3)
Edgar Allan Poe
2 `A refusal to mourn'
223(1)
Dylan Thomas
3 `The castaway'
224(3)
William Cowper
Where do we go from here? Further reading 227(6)
General guides
227(1)
Reference books
227(1)
General readers
228(1)
Applying critical theory: twelve examples
229(2)
Against theory
231(2)
Index 233


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