160 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.39 in
February 1, 2000
Oxford University Press
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
7. Performative Language
8. Identity, Identification, and the Subject
Theoretical Schools and Movements
From the Publisher
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
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.
`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