Beginning Theory : An Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory Paperback
by Peter Barry
Part of the Beginnings series
Beginning theory has been helping students navigate through the thickets of literary and cultural theory for well over a decade now.
This new and expanded third edition continues to offer students and readers the best one-volume introduction to the field. The bewildering variety of approaches, theorists and technical language is lucidly and expertly unravelled.
Unlike many books which assume certain positions about the critics and the theories they represent, Peter Barry allows readers to develop their own ideas once first principles and concepts have been grasped. The book has been updated and includes two new chapters, one of which (Literary theory - a history in ten events) innovatively surveys the course of theory, while the other (Theory after 'Theory') maps the arrival of new 'isms' since the second edition appeared in 2002. 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 - Ecocriticism - Presentism/Transversal poetics/New aestheticism/Historical formalism/Cognitive poetics.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 352 pages, Illustrations, black & white
- Publisher: Manchester University Press
- Publication Date: 01/11/2008
- Category: Literary theory
- ISBN: 9780719079276
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Review by Saieeda
This is a fantastic book. It is divided nicely, and it breaks down the material into wonderfully understandable chuncks and examples. I loved it. Every English major needs this book. Everyone who studies literature should read it at least once.