Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction by Jonathan CullerLiterary Theory: A Very Short Introduction by Jonathan Culler

Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction

byJonathan Culler

Paperback | July 8, 2011

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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 controversial subject, said to have transformed the study of culture and society in the past two decades, literary theory is accused of undermining respect for tradition and truthand encouraging suspicion about the political and psychological implications of cultural projects rather than admiration for great literature. Here, Jonathan Culler explains "theory", not by describing warring "schools" but by sketching key "moves" theory has encouraged, and speaking directly about the implications of theory for thinking about literature, human identity, and the power of language. In this new edition Culler takes a look atnew material, including the "death of theory", the links between the theory of narrative and cognitive science, trauma theory, ecocriticism, and includes a new chapter on "Ethics and aesthetics". This lucid introduction is useful for anyone who has wondered what all the fuss is about or who wants tothink about literature today.
Jonathan Culler taught at Cambridge University and Oxford University before moving to Cornell, where he is Class of 1916 Professor of English and Comparative Literature. His Structuralist Poetics: Structuralism, Linguistics, and the Study of Literature, won MLA's Lowell Prize and established his reputation as analyst and expositor of c...
Title:Literary Theory: A Very Short IntroductionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:184 pagesPublished:July 8, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199691347

ISBN - 13:9780199691340


Table of Contents

1. What is theory?2. What is literature and does it matter?3. Literature and cultural studies4. Language, meaning, and interpretation5. Rhetoric, poetics, and poetry6. Narrative7. Performative language8. Identity, identification, and the subject9. Ethics and aestheticsAppendix: Theoretical schools and movementsReferencesFurther ReadingIndex

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