- Paperback: 252 pages
- Publisher: University of Minnesota Press (1 Sept. 1983)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0816612412
- ISBN-13: 978-0816612413
- Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 14 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 920,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Literary Theory: an Introduction Paperback – 1 Sep 1983
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Terry Eagleton is the author of many books including The Idea of Culture (2000), Sweet Violence: The Idea of the Tragic (2002), the bestselling text Literary Theory: An Introduction (1983, 1996, 2008), Trouble with Strangers: A Study of Ethics (2009), and the forthcoming On Evil (2010).
"This book shaped the reception of theory in Britain for a generation." Times Higher Education Supplement<!––end––>
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Literary Theory has the kind of racy readability that one associates more often with English critics who have set their faces resolutely against theory ... It′s not just a brilliant polemical essay, it′s also a remarkable feat of condensation, explication, and synthesis ... Stimulating and entertaining.
This concise and lucid volume offers a satisfying survey of all the major theories, from structuralism in the 1960s to deconstruction today, that have made academic criticism both intriguing and off–putting to the outsider.
New York Times Book Review
A polemical, amusing and very informative introduction ... indispensable.
"The best handbook to those arcane ics and isms, both for academy members and for any civilians who, having heard the distant roar of professorial cannons, might wonder what the skirmishing is about."
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"This concise and lucid volume offers a satisfying survey of all the major theories, from structuralism in the 1960s to deconstruction today, that have made academic criticism both intriguing and off-putting to the outsider." New York Times Book Review
"The best handbook to those arcane ics and isms, both for academy members and for any civilians who, having heard the distant roar of professorial cannons, might wonder what the skirmishing's about." Voice Literary Supplement
"Literary Theory has the kind of racy readibility that one associates more often with English critics who have set their faces resolutely against theory. . . . It's not just a brilliant polemical essay, it's also a remarkable feat of condensation, explication, and synthesis. I haven't read anything in the field of literary theory that was at the same time so stimulating and so entertaining since the Polemical Introduction to Northrup Frye's Anatomy of Criticism." London Sunday Times
"A brilliant, agile performance: urgent and racy, witty and combative, lucid and compelling." New Statesman (UK)
"A concise guide to the most interesting and mystifying trends in the study of literature over the last fifty years." The Nation --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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