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Author Klages, Mary.

Title Literary theory : a guide for the perplexed / Mary Klages
Published London ; New York : Continuum, 2006
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Description 1 online resource (vi, 184 pages)
Series Guides for the perplexed series
Guides for the perplexed.
Contents What is 'literary theory?' -- Humanist literary theory : Plato, Aristotle, Horace, Sir Philip Sidney, Sir Francis Bacon, Joseph Addison, Edmund Burke, Samuel Johnson, Sir Joshua Reynolds, William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, John Keats, Edgar Allan Poe, Matthew Arnold -- Structuralism : Ferdinand de Saussure, Claude Levi-Strauss and 'the structural study of myth', Interlude: Humanism, Structuralism, Poststructuralism -- Deconstruction : Binary opposition, The role of the center, Bricolage -- Psychoanalysis : Sigmund Freud, Jacques Lacan, Interlude: 'self' to 'subject' -- Feminism : 'Pre-poststructuralist' feminist literary theory, Poststructuralist feminist literary theory, Hélène Cixous and 'The laugh of the Medusa', Luce Irigaray and 'This sex which is not one' -- Queer theory : Flexible sexuality?, Gay/lesbian studies, Interlude: history to historicism, Humanist history, New historicism -- Ideology and discourse : Marxist theory: a few basics, Louis Althusser and ideology, Mikhail Bakhtin and 'Discourse in the novel', Michel Foucault: discourse, power/knowledge, and the author function -- Race and Postcolonialism : Colonialism and 'English', Henry Louis Gates, Jr and 'The signifying monkey', Postcolonialism and Orientalism, Homi Bhabha and 'The location of culture', Gloria Anzaldúa and 'Borderlands/La frontera' -- Postmodernism : Modernity, Jean Baudrillard, Jean-François Lyotard, Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, Coda: what now?
Summary Continuum's Guides for the Perplexed are clear, concise and accessible introductions to thinkers, writers and subjects that students and readers can find especially challenging. Concentrating specifically on what it is that makes the subject difficult to fathom, these books explain and explore key themes and ideas, guiding the reader towards a thorough understanding of demanding material. This Guide provides an advanced introduction to literary theory from basic information and orientation for the uninformed leading on to more sophisticated readings
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Criticism.
Literature -- Philosophy.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1441167811 (electronic bk.)
9781441167811 (electronic bk.)