Literary Theory: The Complete Guide

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  • Copyright: 2017-02-09
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

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Bringing together Mary Klages's bestselling introductory books Literary Theory: A Guide for the Perplexed and Key Terms in Literary Theory into one fully integrated and substantially revised, expanded and updated volume, this is an accessible and authoritative guide for anyone entering the often bewildering world of literary theory for the first time.

Literary Theory: The Complete Guide includes:

Accessible chapters on all the major schools of theory from deconstruction through psychoanalytic criticism to Marxism and postcolonialism
New chapters introducing ecocriticism, affect theory and biopolitics
Expanded and updated guides to feminist theory, queer theory, postmodernism and globalization
New and fully integrated extracts of theoretical and literary texts to guide students through their use of theory
Accessible coverage of major theorists such as Saussure, Freud, Lacan, Foucault, Cixous, Deleuze and Guattari and Bhabha

Each chapter now includes reflection questions for class discussion or independent study and a cross-referenced glossary of key terms covered, as well as updated guides to further reading on each topic. Literary Theory: The Complete Guide is an essential starting point for students of critical theory.

Author Biography

Mary Klages is Associate Professor of English at the University of Colorado at Boulder, USA. Her publications include Literary Theory: A Guide for the Perplexed (Bloomsbury, 2006) and Key Terms in Literary Theory (Bloomsbury, 2011).

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: What is Literary Theory?
2. Humanism and Literary Theory
3. Structuralism
Interlude: Humanism, Structuralism, Poststructuralism
4. Deconstruction
5. Psychoanalysis
Interlude: Self to Subject
6. Feminist Theory
7. Queer Theory
8. Ideology and Discourse
Interlude: Biopolitics and Ecopolitics
9. Ecological/Environmental Theory
10. Race and Postcolonialism
11. Postmodernism
12. Affect Theory
13. Other New Developments in Literary and Cultural Theory

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