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The anthology represents all the major schools and methods that make up the dynamic field of literary theory. It contains classic texts from a range of movements, including Formalism, Structuralism, Marxism, Psychoanalysis, Deconstruction, Historicism, and Feminism, and incorporates cutting–edge work by leading theoreticians in the fields of Postmodernism, Cultural Studies, Post–colonialism, Gay and Lesbian studies, and Ethnic Studies. For the second edition, the content has been updated to include the most recent influential texts, particularly in the areas of Ethnic Studies, Transnational Studies, and Cultural Studies.
Michael Ryan is Professor of English at Northeastern University, where he teaches courses in American Literature and Culture, American Film, and Literary Theory.
If you're buying this for university it's exactly what you need. Good quality, nice index that is easy to search. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Winteramrita
Fantastic book, great collection of essays and papers. Has been very helpful in college. is very large and heavy though.Published 17 months ago by Sinead
Don't touch it if you don't need to. Enough to scare anyone off literature, only purchased because it was a mandatory part of my degree.....can't wait to resell/burnPublished on 21 April 2013 by maryam
Great, book needed for uni studies, good for those who are interested in theory as I needed this for my English Degree.Published on 27 Mar. 2013 by Sharfa Sorwar
I suppose for gifted students this book is an absolute God-send, but I found that some of the chapters were very hard to understand, and ended up gravitating towards simpler texts. Read morePublished on 11 Mar. 2011 by The Loser ladies & gentlemen