Literary Theory and Criticism: An Oxford Guide

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Oxford University Press, 2006 - Literary Criticism - 598 pages
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This volume offers a comprehensive account of modern literary criticism, presenting the field as part of an ongoing historical and intellectual tradition. Featuring thirty-nine specially commissioned chapters from an international team of esteemed contributors, it fills a large gap in the market by combining the accessibility of single-authored selections with a wide range of critical perspectives. The volume is divided into four parts. Part One covers the key philosophical and aesthetic origins of literary theory, while Part Two discusses the foundational movements and thinkers in the first half of the twentieth century. Part Three offers introductory overviews of the most important movements and thinkers in modern literary theory, and Part Four looks at emergent trends and future directions.
 

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So far the best single guide I know. The Bennett and Royle is superb, but they to often resort to the suspended law of non-contradiction. Waugh, by contrast, gives us a great many voices and ... Read full review

Contents

criticism theory and antitheory Patricia Waugh
1
Concepts of criticism and aesthetic origins
35
ancient Creek literary theory Andrea Nightingale
37
the Romantic theory of authorship Andrew Bennett
48
hermeneutics Timothy Clark
59
criticism canons and evaluation Patricia Waugh
70
Criticism and critical practices in the twentieth century
83
Literature and the academy Chris Baldick
85
movements and schools
257
Structuralism and narrative poetics Susana Onega
259
Psychoanalysis after Freud Josiane PaccaudHuguet
280
Deconstruction Alex Thomson
298
Feminisms Fiona Tolan
319
Postcolonialism Elleke Boehmer
340
Race nation and ethnicity Kathleen Kerr
362
Reconstructing historicism Paul Hamilton
386

A Richards Ann Banfield
96
T S Eliot and the idea of tradition Gareth Reeves
107
Anthropology andas myth in modern criticism Michael Bell
119
criticism and culture Gary Day
130
Marxist aesthetics Tony Davies
140
from verbal analysis to cultural criticism David Fuller
152
The New Criticism Stephen Matterson
166
The intentional fallacy Peter Lamarque
177
Adorno and the Frankfurt School Andrew Bowie
189
Freud and psychoanalysis Celine Surprenant
199
The Russian debate on narrative Gary Saul Morson
212
Bakhtin and the dialogic principle Lynne Pearce
223
Form rhetoric and intellectual history Faiza W Shereen
233
Cultural Studies after Leavis Glenn Jordan and Chris Weedon
245
Postmodernism Chris SnippWalmsley
405
Sexualities Tony Purvis
427
beyond the culture wars Christopher Norris
451
Futures and retrospects
473
Performing literary interpretation K M Newton
475
The responsibilities of the writer Sean Burke
486
psychoanalysis psychology and trauma theory Roger Luckhurst
497
Theories of the gaze Jeremy Hawthorn
508
Anticanon theory David Punter
519
Environmentalism and ecocriticism Richard Kerridge
530
Cognitive literary criticism Alan Richardson
544
the poetic principle of postliterary culture Scott Wilson
557
Index
569
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Patricia Waugh has published extensively in the field of modern fiction and criticism. She is the author of The Harvest of the Sixties: English Literature and its Backgrounds (1995) and Revolutions of the Word: Intellectual Contexts for the Study of Modern Literature (1997). She has also edited a number of collections and anthologies of modern literary theory and postmodernism, most recently The Arts and Sciences of Criticism (with David Fuller).

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