A Companion to Literary Theory


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<p><b>Introduces readers to the modes of literary and cultural study of the previous half century</b></p> <p><i>A Companion to Literary Theory</i> is a collection of 36 original essays, all by noted scholars in their field, designed to introduce the modes and ideas of contemporary literary and cultural theory. Arranged by topic rather than chronology, in order to highlight the relationships between earlier and most recent theoretical developments, the book groups its chapters into seven convenient sections: I. Literary Form: Narrative and Poetry; II. The Task of Reading; III. Literary Locations and Cultural Studies; IV. The Politics of Literature; V. Identities; VI. Bodies and Their Minds; and VII. Scientific Inflections.</p> <p>Allotting proper space to all areas of theory most relevant today, this comprehensive volume features three dozen masterfully written chapters covering such subjects as: Anglo-American New Criticism; Chicago Formalism; Russian Formalism; Derrida and Deconstruction; Empathy/Affect Studies; Foucault and Poststructuralism; Marx and Marxist Literary Theory; Postcolonial Studies; Ethnic Studies; Gender Theory; Freudian Psychoanalytic Criticism; Cognitive Literary Theory; Evolutionary Literary Theory; Cybernetics and Posthumanism; and much more.</p> <ul> <li>Features 36 essays by noted scholars in the field</li> <li>Fills a growing need for companion books that can guide readers through the thicket of ideas, systems, and terminologies</li> <li>Presents important contemporary literary theory while examining those of the past</li> </ul> <p>The Wiley-Blackwell<i> Companion to Literary Theory</i> will be welcomed by college and university students seeking an accessible and authoritative guide to the complex and often intimidating modes of literary and cultural study of the previous half century.</p>