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Critical Theory Today by Lois Tyson
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This new edition of the classic guide offers a thorough and accessible introduction to contemporary critical theory. It provides in-depth coverage of the most common approaches to literary analysis today: feminism, psychoanalysis, Marxism, reader-response theory, new criticism, structuralism and semiotics, deconstruction, new historicism, cultural criticism, lesbian/gay/queer theory, African-American criticism, and postcolonial criticism. The chapters provide an extended explanation of each theory, using examples from everyday life, popular culture, and literary texts; a list of specific questions critics who use that theory ask about literary texts; an interpretation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby through the lens of each theory; a list of questions for further practice to guide readers in applying each theory to different literary works; and a bibliography of primary and secondary works for further reading. This book can be used as the only text in a course or as a precursor to the study of primary theoretical works. It motivates readers by showing them what critical theory can offer in terms of their practical understanding of literary texts and in terms of their personal understanding of themselves and the world in which they live. Both engaging and rigorous, it is a "how-to" book for undergraduate and graduate students new to critical theory and for college professors who want to broaden their repertoire of critical approaches to literature.

Table of Contents

Preface to the second edition Preface for intructors Acknowledgements 1. Everything you wanted to know about critical theory but were afraid to ask 2. Psychoanalytic criticism 3. Marxist criticism 4. Feminist criticism 5. New criticism 6. Reader-response criticism 7. Structuralist criticism 8. Deconstructive criticism 9. New historical and cultural criticism 10. Lesbian, gay and queer criticism 11. African American criticism 12. Postcolonial criticism 13. Gaining an overview Index

Author Biography

Lois Tyson is a Professor of English at Grand Valley State University in Michigan, USA.
Release date NZ
September 27th, 2006
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
2nd Revised edition
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