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Literary Theory : The Pocket Essential - David Carter

Literary Theory

The Pocket Essential

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Published: 1st January 2006
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The Pocket Essentials Series is a dynamic series of books that are concise, lively, and easy to read. Packed with facts as well as expert opinions, each book has all the key information you need to know about such popular topics as film, television, cult fiction, history, and more.

It sounds daunting: all those '-isms', long technical words, weird French thinkers and incomprehensible Germans. You can't read a book now a days, it seems, without being required to refer to them. From university students to the average intelligent reader, everyone is expected to justify their 'theoretical perspective'.

The problem is that defining what you mean by 'theory', let alone what you mean by 'literary', causes most people, including the theorists themselves, to mumble incoherently and shuffle their feet. And it is not as though there were just one coherent body of theory to master: there are Formalist, Structuralist, Marxist and Psychoanalytical theories; Post-structuralist, Post-colonialist, and Post-Modernist theories; not to mention Feminist and Queer Theories, and even Anti-Theories!

Most books providing introductions to Literary Theory are long-winded tomes, guiding dogged readers through the twists and turns of critical analysis and logic. This small volume goes to the heart of the key concepts of Literary Theory, explaining them in clear everyday language.

It provides witty and memorable comments and quotations, and enables the student of literature to raise the most pertinent and challenging questions, which even university professors have difficulty answering.

ISBN: 9781904048664
ISBN-10: 1904048668
Series: Pocket Essentials Ser.
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 1st January 2006
Dimensions (cm): 17.8 x 11.1  x 1.1
Weight (kg): 0.095