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  • Hardcover: 2800 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 2nd Revised edition edition (9 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393932923
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393932928
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 6.9 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Vincent B. Leitch is a George Lynn Cross Research Professor at the University of Oklahoma where he holds the Paul and Carol Daube Sutton Chair in English. A foremost historian of contemporary literary criticism and theory, he is the author of the standard history, American Literary Criticism from the 1930s to the 1980s as well as Deconstructive Criticism and Cultural Criticism, Literary Theory, Poststructuralism (all three books published by Columbia UP), Postmodernism: Local Effects, Global Flows (SUNY Press), Theory Matters (Routledge), Living with Theory (Blackwell), and American Literary Criticism since the 1930s, 2nd edition (Routledge). William E. Cain is the Mary Jewett Gaiser Professor of English at Wellesley College. A scholar of American literature and American literary criticism, Professor Cain is the author of The Crisis in Criticism: Theory, Literature, and Reform in English Studies (Johns Hopkins UP), F. O. Matthiessen and the Politics of Criticism (U of Wisconsin Press), and Literary Criticism, 1900-1950: The Cambridge History of American Literature (Cambridge UP) as well as the editor or co-editor of several college textbooks, including An Introduction to Literature (Longman), American Literature (Penguin), The Little, Brown Reader (Longman), and Literature for Composition (Longman). Laurie A. Finke is Director of the Women's and Gender Studies program at Kenyon College. A prominent medievalist and feminist critic, Professor Finke is the author of Cinematic Illuminations: The Middle Ages on Film (Johns Hopkins UP), King Arthur and the Myth of History (University Press of Florida), Feminist Theory, Women's Writing (Cornell UP) and Women's Writing in English: The Middle Ages (Longman) and the editor of Medieval Texts and Contemporary Readers (Cornell UP). Barbara E. Johnson was the Frederic Wertham Professor of Law and Psychiatry in Society at Harvard University. She was a leading figure in contemporary literary theory and the author of The Critical Difference: Essays in Contemporary Rhetoric of Reading (Johns Hopkins UP), A World of Difference (Johns Hopkins UP), The Wake of Deconstruction (Blackwell), The Feminist Difference: Literature, Psychology, Race and Gender (Harvard UP), Mother Tongues: Sexuality, Trials, Motherhood, Translation (Harvard UP), and Persons and Things (Harvard UP). She was also the translator of Jacques Derrida's Dissemination (U of Chicago P) and Stephane Mallarme's Divagations (Harvard UP/Belknap Press). John McGowan is the Ruel W. Tyson, Jr. Distinguished Professor of the Humanities and Director of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. A leading critic of postmodernism and social theories relating to literature, he is the author of Postmodernism and its Critics (Cornell UP), Hannah Arendt: A Critical Introduction (U of Minnesota P), Democracy's Children: Intellectuals and the Rise of Cultural Politics (Cornell UP), and American Liberalism: An Interpretation for Our Time (UNC Press), and editor (with Craig Calhoun) of Hannah Arendt and the Meaning of Politics (U of Minnesota P). T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting is Professor of French, Professor and Director of African American and Diaspora Studies, and Director of the W. T. Bandy Center for Baudelaire and Modern French Studies at Vanderbilt University. A leading scholar in Black European Studies and comparative Black Diaspora literatures and cultures and theories of race and feminism, she is the author of Pimps Up, Ho's Down: Hip Hop's Hold on Young Black Women (NYU Press), Negritude Women (U of Minnesota Press), Black Venus: Sexualized Savages, Primal Fears, and Primitive Narratives in French (Duke UP), and Frantz Fanon: Conflicts and Feminisms (Rowman & Littlefield), and she has edited or co-edited five books, including The Speech: Race and Barack Obama's "A More Perfect Union" (Bloomsbury). Jeffrey J. Williams is Professor of English and of Literary and Cultural Studies at Carnegie Mellon University. He is the author of Theory and the Novel: Narrative Reflexivity in the English Tradition (Cambridge UP) and the editor of PC Wars: Politics and Theory in the Academy (Routledge), The Institution of Literature (SUNY Press), and Critics at Work: Interviews (NYU Press). He has also published journalism in venues such as The Village Voice, Dissent, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. Since 1992, he has been the editor of the literary and critical journal, the minnesota review.


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Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism: Second Edition.

This is a highly useful book for any students of literature, critical theory, philosophy, anthropology, cultural studies, media or history. Whilst it does focus mainly upon literature, it contains excerpts about a huge number of topics. As potential buyers are unable to see the contents, included below is a complete list of theoreticians' work contained within the anthology:

Georgias of Leontini,
Plato,
Aristotle,
Horace,
Longinus,
Augustine of Hippo,
Moses Maimonides,
Thomas Aquinas,
Dante Alighieri,
Giovanni Boccaccio,
Christine De Pizan,
Joachim Du Bellay,
Giacopo Mazzoni,
Sir Philip Sydney,
Pierre Corneille,
John Dryden,
Aphra Behn,
Giambattista Vico,
Joseph Addison,
Alexander Pope,
Samuel Johnson,
David Hume,
Immanuel Kant,
Edmund Burke,
Gotthold Ephraim Lessing,
Friedrich Von Schiller,
Mary Wollstonecraft,
Germaine Necker De Stael,
Friedrich Schleiermacher,
Hegel,
Wordsworth,
Coleridge,
Percy Bysshe Shelley,
Ralph Waldo Emerson,
Edgar Allan Poe,
Marx and Engels,
Charles Baudelaire,
Matthew Arnold,
Walter Pater,
Stephanie Mallarme
Henry James,
Friedrich Nietzsche,
Oscar Wilde,
Sigmund Freud,
Ferdinand De Saussure,
W.E.B Du Bois,
Leon Trotsky,
Virginia Woolf,
Gyorgy Lukacs,
Boris Eichenbaum,
T.S Eliot,
John Crowe Ransom,
Martin Heidegger,
Antonio Gramsci,
Zora Neale Hurston,
Erich Aurbach,
Walter Benjamin,
Mikhail M.
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Yup, I am a Literature student toiling away at uni, and yes I love books. What I don't like in lectures is fleeting references to obscure writers who we are supposed to know about and their critical theory. "Go to the library" we are constantly told, but for what book! Okay, rant over. This book has LOADS of critical and theoretical texts and is going to be invaluable as I move into my third and final year. It covers a wide variety of criticism and theory and might be slightly daunting... but it is less dunting than sitting in a cold library for hours on end looking for book and then finding out it is on loan. This book has most things covered (I haven't sat and read through it yet, but skimming through I have found 90% of lecture references) and means no more cowering behind a mountain of books.

Be warned though, this book is a beast! 2500+ pages, thinnish paper and okay print size and pretty weighty.
Buy it now fellow students, this what your loans and grants are for, not beer or tattoos! Hope my grades climb up a bit now as I finally have a chance of understanding the more obscure theory references!
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It was recommended on my University course that we purchase this book, at first i was discouraged by the price. It has recently reduced a little, however, it is worth every single penny and more!
It has a very clear contents, two versions. It helps you find exactly what you are looking for. I have used this on lots of separate occasions, it includes individual , original essays from theorists, all of which are explained in a fairly easy language. It is a very big book with lots of fantastic content!!
Whether you are a student, or just a fan of Literature, this book is absolutely fantastic and well worth the money !!
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This massive tome is unique, and I strongly urge anyone contemplating whether to buy it or not to GO FOR IT ! I'm reading it for sheer pleasure. The whole tone makes for easy reading, challenging though it is for someone who, like me, is an amateur, published poet. But be patient! : nearly 3,000 pages long, it requires persistence, patience, and a determination to "take it easy", and not attempt to read it right through. The one feature I found so useful was the "alternative" table of contents composed of "themes". It is a true literary friend, and a fascinating, wonderful account of Theory and Criticism from its earliest roots to the present-day. Truly, a good buy. Excellent value for money.
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A book that has served me well for my English undergraduate degree; a great wealth and variety of philosophers' and theorists' seminal texts along with biographical information and explanation of major themes. The book is very weighty and isn't too portable but it is a good quality read.
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I purchased this for my undergraduate degree in English and we have been directed to it a lot from our course leaders and it is useful for accesible background reading and secondary reading for essays and such as it contains a very wide range of critical analyses/essays etc.
It is a very large hardback book (which explains the price!) but it contains so much that it is worth the price. It arrived in very good time and quality, I am impressed.
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I had to purchase this for a class. Oh my goodness. What a bore. What a total bunch of post-modern drivel. I mean, if you have insomnia, this is the book for you. I suppose it's great if you actually buy into all that nonsense, but in my opinion, this book is absolutely crammed full of hot air. I can't believe there are people out there who actually think this stuff is important or has any real impact on life, but I guess there are. My warning to you: Don't buy it unless you absolutely have to. It's a huge waste of money, and it weighs a ton.
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