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Title:
Beginning theory : an introduction to literary and cultural theory
Author:
Barry, Peter, 1947-
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Edition:
Second edition.
Publication Information:
Manchester ; New York : Manchester University Press ; New York : Distributed exclusively in the U.S.A. by Palgrave, 2002.
Physical Description:
xiii, 290 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Language:
English
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Electronic Access:
Publisher description http://www.loc.gov/catdir/description/hol031/2002026448.html
ISBN:
9780719062681
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Book

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Summary

Expanded second edition of this hugely successful introduction to literary theory, a book which has already proven itself as the first port of call for students - Two new chapters added which take account of the changes since the first publication (1995), and all bibliographies have been updated - Given approval by academics and teachers the world over as the clearest and most concise introduction in the area - A consistent bestseller for the last five years


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In the fourth edition of his popular introduction to literary theory, Barry (emer., Aberystwyth Univ., Wales) amends and updates earlier versions (1995, 2002, 2009) and adds sections on newer theories such as consilience and posthumanism. The book is written explicitly for students of English literature, and in citing examples Barry tends to stick to the canonical--Wordsworth, Austen, Shakespeare, et al.--which renders the book less useful than it might be for students of other literatures and languages. Nevertheless, Barry's readable text focuses helpfully on putting students at ease and giving them tools to think through difficult concepts and theories. In addition, practical exercises familiarize students new to the discipline with different ways of using theory to analyze literature. Most of the changes to the new edition are insubstantial, and some newer theories and practices, such as those relating to technology, are given short shrift. The majority of the references and suggestions for further reading are also the same as those used in earlier versions. Even so the book provides an approachable, understandable introduction to literary theory and would be useful to those not already in possession of the third edition. Summing Up: Recommended. With the above proviso. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates. --Melissa Anderson, Southern Oregon University


Table of Contents

Theory Before'Theory' - Liberal Humanism
Structuralism
Post-Structuralism and Deconstruction
Postmodernism
Psychoanalytic Criticism
Feminist Criticism
Lesbian Gay Criticism
Marxist Criticism
New Historicism and Cultural Materialism
Postcolonial Criticism
Stylistics
Narratology
Eco-Criticism
Theory Before 'Theory' - Liberal Humanism
Structuralism
Post-Structuralism and Deconstruction
Postmodernism
Psychoanalytic Criticism
Feminist Criticism
Lesbian Gay Criticism
Marxist Criticism
New Historicism and Cultural Materialism
Postcolonial Criticism
Stylistics
Narratology
Eco-Criticism