Critical Terms for Literary Study, Paperback
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This expanded new edition features six new chapters that confront, in different ways, the growing understanding of literary works as cultural practices.

These six new chapters are: "Popular Culture"; "Diversity"; "Imperialism/Nationalism"; "Desire"; "Ethics"; and "Class" by John Fiske, Louis Menand, Seamus Deane, Judith Butler, Geoffrey Galt Harpham and Daniel T.

O'Hara, respectively. Each new essay provides a concise history of a literary term, critically explores the issues and questions that the term raises, and then puts theory into practice by showing the reading strategies that the term permits.

By exploring the concepts that shape the way we read, the essays combine to provide an introduction to the work of literature and literary study.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 480 pages, black & white illustrations
  • Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Literary theory
  • ISBN: 9780226472034



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I know this is a textbook and people probably don't review textbooks that often, but I really loved this book. I continue to pick it up when I want to think about something I read in there. It's full of essays on things like "Interpretation" and "Intention" by talented professors who discuss whether there should be a literary canon or whether or not an author's intention should matter on how to interpret his novel.