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Literary Theory: The Basics [Paperback]

Hans Bertens
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4 Oct 2007 The Basics

With a new introduction and fully updated pointers to further reading, this second edition of Hans Bertens’ bestselling book is a must-have guide to the world of literary theory.

Exploring a broad range of topics from Marxist and feminist criticism to post-modernism and new historicism it includes new coverage of:

  • the latest developments in post-colonial and cultural theory
  • literature and sexuality
  • the latest schools of thought, including eco-criticism and post-humanism
  • the future of literary theory and criticism.

Literary Theory: The Basics is an essential purchase for anyone who wants to know what literary theory is and where it is going.

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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (4 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415396719
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415396714
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 12.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 390,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Clear, vigorous and often creatively provocative, Hans Bertens's historical overview of western literary theory is one of the very best introductions currently available.' - Michael Worton, University College London, UK

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5.0 out of 5 stars Should form the basis of any literature course 6 May 2012
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Bertens's intro to literary theory is the most intelligently written, most comprehensive history of the academic study of literature. A careful reading of this book will put you at a vast advantage in any academic environment, whether at undergraduate-, or (selectively re-read for a refreshment of your argumentative capacities) at PhD level. This book is better than most literature courses will ever be. You simply cannot afford to miss this. Also, in contrast to my fellow reviewer T.Bernard I have always found the index to be perfectly adequate in its detail, but you should probably get the latest edition just to make sure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant! 24 Aug 2012
By CarriKP
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This really is one of the best books on literary theory that I've encountered. I found I was still referring to it when writing my MA dissertation. It is clearly written and very wide-ranging. For many students it will cover most of their requirements where literary theory is concerned - those who wish to explore further will have an excellent grounding from having studied this text. Highly recommended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Content: A / Index: F 18 Nov 2010
This book is really useful as a tool to understand the complicated terminology associated with literary theory. Unfortunately, the index is very inaccurate.
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3.0 out of 5 stars textbook hell? 14 Jan 2013
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purchased as a text for my humanities course... the book is painful to read. obviously textbooks weren't meant to necessarily be "enjoyable" but woww[...] it's written in a way that you don't understand the material until you read the same text multiple times. there has got to be a better literary theory book out there.
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