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Beginning Theory: An Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory,9780719062681

Beginning Theory: An Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory

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2nd
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9780719062681

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0719062683
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Pub. Date:
9/7/2002
Publisher(s):
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.

Author Biography

Peter Barry is Reader in English at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements x
Preface to the second edition xii
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, Lyotard 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 psychoanlaytic 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 critics 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(20)
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(3)
Postcolonial criticism
192(11)
Background
192(2)
Postcolonial reading
194(5)
Stop and think
198(1)
What postcolonial critics do
199(1)
Postcolonialist criticism: an example
200(1)
Selected reading
201(2)
Stylistics
203(19)
Stylistics: a theory or a practice?
203(2)
A brief historical account: from rhetoric, to philology, to linguistics, to stylistics, to new stylistics
205(3)
How does stylistics differ from standard close reading?
208(2)
The ambitions of stylistics
210(4)
Stop and think
213(1)
What stylistic critics do
214(1)
Stylistics: examples
215(4)
Note
219(1)
Selected reading
219(3)
Narratology
222(26)
Telling stories
222(2)
Aristotle
224(2)
Vladimir Propp
226(5)
Gerard Genette
231(8)
Is the basic narrative mode `mimetic' or `diegetic'?
231(1)
How is the narrative focalised?
232(1)
Who is telling the story?
233(1)
How is time handled in the story?
234(1)
How is the story `packaged'?
235(2)
How are speech and thought represented?
237(2)
`Joined-up' narratology
239(2)
Stop and think
240(1)
What narratologists do
241(1)
Narratology: an example
241(5)
Selected reading
246(2)
Ecocriticism
248(24)
Ecocriticism or green studies?
248(3)
Culture and nature
251(6)
Turning criticism inside out
257(7)
Stop and think
261(3)
What ecocritics do
264(1)
Ecocriticism: an example
264(5)
Selected reading
269(3)
Appendices 272(7)
1 Edgar Allan Poe, `The oval portrait'
272(3)
2 Dylan Thomas, `A refusal to mourn'
275(1)
3 William Cowper, `The castaway'
276(3)
Where do we go from here? Further reading 279(6)
General guides
279(1)
Reference books
280(1)
General readers
280(1)
Applying critical theory: twelve early examples
281(2)
Against theory
283(2)
Index 285


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