A quarter of a century on from its original publication, Literary Theory: An Introduction still conjures the subversion, excitement and exoticism that characterized theory through the 1960s and 70s, when it posed an unprecedented challenge to the literary establishment. Contemporary readers seeking to understand what literature is and what it is for will be inspired and entertained by Eagleton s deft synopses of the major movements in literary studies in the twentieth century.
Eagleton has added a new preface to this anniversary edition to address more recent developments in literary studies, including what he describes as the growth of a kind of anti–theory , and the idea that literary theory has been institutionalized. Insightful and enlightening, Literary Theory: An Introduction remains the essential guide to the field.
This book has prooved to be exactly what I needed. It is essential reading for any student of English Literature. Thank you.Published on 17 May 2013 by midget71
It is a well-established complaint about TE that he recycles others' theories rather than writing something challenging himself. Read morePublished on 10 Dec. 2012 by Giles Penfold
A superb introduction to the world of Lit Crit & theory. If you're doing a degree in English, or simply want to look at the cogs which make literary theory work, then this is THE... Read morePublished on 8 Jan. 2012 by Jonny R