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Theory of Literature [Paperback]

Paul H. Fry

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April 9 2012 The Open Yale Courses Series

Bringing his perennially popular course to the page, Yale University Professor Paul H. Fry offers in this welcome book a guided tour of the main trends in twentieth-century literary theory. At the core of the book's discussion is a series of underlying questions: What is literature, how is it produced, how can it be understood, and what is its purpose?

Fry engages with the major themes and strands in twentieth-century literary theory, among them hermeneutics, modes of formalism, semiotics and Structuralism, deconstruction, psychoanalytic approaches, Marxist and historicist approaches, theories of social identity, Neo-pragmatism and theory. By incorporating philosophical and social perspectives to connect these many trends, the author offers readers a coherent overall context for a deeper and richer reading of literature.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; Original edition (April 9 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300180837
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300180831
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 16.2 x 2.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 612 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #438,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"No other guide to theory combines Fry's authority and range with the accessibility and engaging, often humorous manner in which the reader is addressed; none connects the development of theory so tellingly with philosophy and history; none teases out the connections and divergences between and among theorists with such deft skill; and none moves so confidently between lucid summary of very challenging theoretical ideas and closely probing readings of particularly revealing passages in the theorists under discussion. The result is a book that, with its own unfolding narrative and infectiously conveyed urge to connect and to explain, is a genuine and intense pleasure to read."--Richard Jacobs, Principal Lecturer, School of Humanities, University of Brighton

About the Author

Paul H. Fry is William Lampson Professor of English, Yale University. Among his previous books is Wordsworth and the Poetry of What We Are, published by Yale University Press. He lives in New Haven, CT.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Literary Theory Artfully Explained June 30 2013
By Michael E. Murray MD - Published on
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This book consists of the published lecture notes for Professor Paul Fry's Yale course on Literay Theory. It makes this often difficult subject readily understandable. Since the course is now available free on streaming television those who are watching these Yale courses will find it very handy for review.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the audio! Sept. 1 2013
By Fawziah - Published on
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The book does not include most of Professor Fry's lectures. So, I would not recommend it. However, I recommend listening to the audio of the same lecture.
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5.0 out of 5 stars comprehensive Dec 2 2012
By Joanna - Published on
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This is the must read course for all interested in humanities and social sciences. Gives you more perspective not only on texts but on your own field of intrest.

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