Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction

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Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction

by Jonathan Culler

Oxford University Press | February 1, 2000 | Trade Paperback

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What is Literary Theory? Is there a relationship between literature and culture? In fact, what is Literature, and does it matter? These are the sorts of questions addressed by Jonathan Culler in a book which steers a clear path through a subject which is often perceived to be impenetrable. It offers insights into theories about the nature of language and meaning, whether literature is a form of self-expression or a method of appeal to an audience, and outlines the ideas behind a number of different schools: deconstruction, semiotics, postcolonial theory, and structuralism amongst them.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 160 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.39 in

Published: February 1, 2000

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 019285383X

ISBN - 13: 9780192853837

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Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction

by Jonathan Culler

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 160 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.39 in

Published: February 1, 2000

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 019285383X

ISBN - 13: 9780192853837

Table of Contents

1. What is theory? 2. What is Literature and Does it Matter? 3. Literature and Cultural Studies 4. Language, Meaning, and Interpretation 5. Rhetoric, Poetics, and Poetry 6. Narrative 7. Performative Language 8. Identity, Identification, and the Subject Theoretical Schools and Movements References Further Reading Index

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What is Literary Theory? Is there a relationship between literature and culture? In fact, what is Literature, and does it matter? These are the sorts of questions addressed by Jonathan Culler in a book which steers a clear path through a subject which is often perceived to be impenetrable. It offers insights into theories about the nature of language and meaning, whether literature is a form of self-expression or a method of appeal to an audience, and outlines the ideas behind a number of different schools: deconstruction, semiotics, postcolonial theory, and structuralism amongst them.

About the Author

Jonathan Culler is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Cornell University. His many publications include Barthes and Saussure in Fontana Modern Masters, and On Deconstruction and The Pursuit of Signs.

Editorial Reviews

`It is impossible to imagine a clearer treatment of the subject, or one that is, within the given limits of length, more comprehensive. Culler has always been remarkable for his expository skills, and here he has found exactly the right method and tone for his purposes.'' Sir Frank Kermode
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