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Modern Genre Theory : Longman Critical Readers - David Duff

Modern Genre Theory

Longman Critical Readers

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Published: 17th November 1999
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Back CoverLongman Critical ReadersGeneral Editor: Stan SmithResearch Professor in Literary Studies, Nottingham Trent UniversityThis important series takes full account of contemporary literary theory, providing collections of key modern readings of major authors, genres and critical approaches. Prefaced by a wide-ranging editorial introduction setting the readings in context and exploring the issues they raise, individual volumes in the series offer the student authoritative and stimulating guides to the best theoretically-informed critical work on subjects from the Middle Ages to the present.PaperbackSince Aristotle, genre has been one of the fundamental concepts of literary theory, and much of the world's literature and criticism has been shaped by ideas about the nature, function and value of literary genres. Modern developments in critical theory, however, prompted in part by the iconoclastic practices of modern writers and the emergence of new media such as film and television, have put in question traditional categories, and challenged the assumptions on which earlier genre theory was based. This has led not just to a reinterpretation of individual genres and the development of new classifications, but also to a radically new understanding of such key topics as the mixing and evolution of genres, generic hierarchies and genre-systems, the politics and sociology of genres, and the relations between genre and gender.This anthology, the first of its kind in English, charts these fascinating developments. Through judicious selections from major twentieth-century genre theorists including Yury Tynyanov, Vladimir Propp, Mikhail Bakhtin, Hans Robert Jauss, Rosalie Colie, Fredric Jameson, Tzvetan Todorov, G?rard Genette and Jacques Derrida, it demonstrates the central role that notions of genre have played in Russian Formalism, structuralism and post-structuralism, reception theory, and various modes of historical criticism. Each essay is accompanied by a detailed headnote, and the volume opens with a lucid introduction emphasising the international and interdisciplinary character of modern debates about genre. Also included are an annotated bibliography and a glossary of key terms, making this an indispensable resource for students and anyone interested in genre studies or literary theory. David Duff is Lecturer in English at the University of Aberdeen and previously taught at the universities of Gdansk and Torun, Poland. (DESIGN NOTE - Gdansk has an acute accent)

Preface
Key Concepts
Introduction
Benedetto Croce Criticism of the Theory of Artistic and Literary Kinds
Yury Tynyanov The Literary Fact
Vladimir Propp Fairy Tale Transformations
Mikhail Bakhtin Epic and Novel : Toward a Methodology for the Study of the Novel
Mikhail Bakhtin The Problem of Speech Genres
Northrop Frye The Mythos of Summer : Romance
Ireneusz Opacki Royal Genres
Hans Robert Jauss Theory of Genres and Medieval Literature
Rosalie Colie Genre-Systems and the Functions of Literature
Fredric Jameson Magical Narratives : On the Dialectical Use of Genre Criticism
Tzvetan Todorov The Origin of Genres
Gerard Genette The Architext
Jacques Derrida The Law of Genre
Alastair Fowler Transformations of Genre
Mary Eagleton Genre and Gender Notes on Authors
Further Reading
Index
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ISBN: 9780582368057
ISBN-10: 0582368057
Series: Longman Critical Readers
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 17th November 1999
Publisher: Pearson Education Limited
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 14.61  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 1