Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction Paperback – Oct 1 1997
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"An excellent idea, these Very Short Introductions; a new concept from OUP."--The Guardian
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I am finishing up "On Deconstruction" and it has been very smooth sailing, thanks to this book.
If you are not a beginner, this book probably isn't necessary, but if you are, it might be useful
The Appendix, which provides a summary of various schools and methodologies, is written in unhelpful, "humanless" prose, as unaware of an audience as it is deaf to voice (certainly this isn't what Barthes had in mind when he sacrificed the author to the life of the text).
In short (or in this case, the very very short of it), there are some good things to be gleaned from this little text (especially if an instructor wishes to use it for "departure points"), but I'm afraid it's too arbitrary, personal, and eccentric to be of great service in the undergraduate classroom.
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This book takes an unusual approach to introducing literary theory. Instead of surveying movements, periods and/or philosophers, Jonathan D. Read morePublished on Sept. 14 2002 by Virginia Lore
Jonathan Culler's work is a fine exposition on the wrok of some of the twentieth centuries most provoctive philosophical and literary theorists. Read morePublished on June 24 2002 by mrgrieves08
This is an excellent text for students new to literary theory, but even the more experienced readers should be delighted by it. Read morePublished on Feb. 9 2002 by Steven Reynolds
Let me just start off by saying that Professor Culler's "Very Short Introduction to Theory" should be read by every undergraduate English Lit student as they start their... Read morePublished on Sept. 27 2001 by mp
Professor Culler brings a very complicated subject to life in this brief introduction. He explains the approaches to the subject while keeping the personalities, that make it... Read morePublished on June 10 2001
This very short introduction to literary theory would be perfect for undergraduate studies. Although the author approaches the problem of too much theory causing fear in... Read morePublished on April 22 2001
Moreover, what really impressed me in this book is, the fact that the writer avoids falling back on a series of taxonimical chapters, with categories and historical trivia, and... Read morePublished on March 9 2001