Beginning Theory: An Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory, Third Edition Paperback – Mar 15 2009
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“It is no surprise to learn that Beginning theory has already been reprinted nine times. There is no other book that offers such a comprehensive account of the field, combined with thoughtful, detailed exposition of the theoretical approaches under discussion. Far from being a modest survey of contemporary literary theory, it has had a vital role in shaping the way that theory is taught in Britain and North America.” --English Association Newsletter
About the Author
Peter Barry is Professor of English at the University of Aberystwyth.
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He does a marvelous job of placing literary theory into a context as the most recent series of attempts to answer questions that have been ongoing at least since Victorian times. The introduction is perhaps the most important part of the book. While someone highly familiar with a particular theory may wish to skip the corresponding chapter, I recommend reading the first chapter. It has helpful advice on critical reading skills, and especially useful suggestions on how to effectively approach a new theory. The second chapter, "Liberal Humanism," is basically a discussion of what critics do who do not partake of a particular theory, which is the historical background against which the theorists are reacting. This chapter is also essential reading, as it concludes with a discussion of recurrent ideas that are common across most literary theories. He sums them up as 1) politics is pervasive, 2) language is constitutive, 3) truth is provisional, 4) meaning is contingent, and 5) human nature is a myth.Read more ›
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This is a great introduction to theory, quite simply explained, yet still exhaustive enough to be useful beyond an intro class. Read morePublished on Oct. 11 2013 by Wickedfetch
I was very pleased with this product. I had to buy it for a class and the book is very expensive at the book store but cheap on amazon! It was brand new condition and came on time.Published on Feb. 21 2013 by Henna
Literary theory tends to have a strange effect on writers. Look at the the title of this book:
Notice that it isn't "Beginning Literary Theory" or... Read more
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