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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 some of the questions addressed by Jonathan Culler in this Very Short Introduction to literary theory. Often a…read more

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With an emphasis on readers and reading, Jonathan Culler considered deconstruction in terms of the questions raised by psychoanalytic, feminist, and reader-response criticism. On Deconstruction is both an authoritative synthesis of Derrida's thought and an…read more

Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction

by Jonathan Culler

|This title releases August 9, 2016

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2002 erschien die Einführung des amerikanischen Literaturwissenschaftlers Jonathan Culler in erster Auflage. Seither hat sie sich an den Universitäten etabliert. Anhand einfacher Fragen gibt sie Einblick in die wichtigsten Aspekte der Literaturtheorie: Was ist…read more

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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…read more

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With an emphasis on readers and reading, Jonathan Culler considered deconstruction in terms of the questions raised by psychoanalytic, feminist, and reader-response criticism. On Deconstruction is both an authoritative synthesis of Derrida's thought and an…read more

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The primary task of literary theory, Jonathan Culler asserts in the new edition of his classic in this field, is not to illuminate individual literary works but to explain the system of literary signification—the rules and conventions that determine a…read more

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Is academic writing, particularly in the disciplines of literary theory and cultural studies, needlessly obscure? The claim has been widely circulated in the media and subject to passionate debate, but it has not been the subject of serious discussion. Just Being…read more

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Benedict Anderson, professor at Cornell and specialist in Southeast Asian studies, is best known for his book Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism (1991). It is no understatement to say that this is one of the most influential…read more

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Has theory neglected literature? Often literary and cultural theory, which goes by the nickname "Theory," has seemed to be the theory of everything except literature: theory of language, of sexuality, of history, of the body, of the psyche, of meaning (or…read more

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Jonathan Culler is Class of 1916 Professor of English at Cornell University. His book, Structuralist Poetics: Structuralism, Linguistics, and the Study of Literature , won MLA's Lowell Prize and established his reputation as analyst and expositor of critical…read more

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This acclaimed short study, originally published in 1983, and now thoroughly updated, elucidates the varied theoretical contributions of Roland Barthes (1915-80), the 'incomparable enlivener of the literary mind' whose lifelong fascination was with the way…read more