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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; Original edition (April 24 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300180837
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300180831
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 612 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #250,334 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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HASH(0xa4a9c99c) out of 5 stars Listen to the lectures/ Read this book! Nov. 3 2014
By Edward - Published on
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This is a great book for: ENGL 300: Introduction to Theory of Literature... A Open Yale Course. I watch the lectures, then I read the course transcripts in the book. A lot of times I can get distracted and confused in what he's talking about. However when I read this I get a much greater understanding. Just a tip if you are going to buy this book. You should buy the book: The Critical Tradition, 3rd Ed. ... It's very important to do so. So you can follow along the course without skipping a whole bunch of readings... Or else it's not worth the time. Good thing I mowed yards and did chores. Books are well worth the price. Knowledge is worth the price tag to me...

Buy the book if you are taking this course...

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You should also buy the book: A New Handbook of Literary Terms... It's an amazing book and it defines the origins of words, and other important aspects of literary definitions... Amazing read.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4bb0294) 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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4c05e70) out of 5 stars Excellent! March 18 2015
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Great book - Dr. Fry distills everything wonderfully. Even more, he shows how different schools and theories evolve from each other or overlap. Any graduate student in the humanities would benefit from this volume. Can't recommend this enough!
HASH(0xa4b11be8) out of 5 stars Four Stars Aug. 6 2015
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Came fast and was as described.
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HASH(0xa4b885d0) 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.