Literary theory : a very short introduction / Jonathan Culler
- Culler, Jonathan D.
- Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 
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- Physical Description:
- xiv, 165 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm.
- Very short introductions ; 4
- What is theory? -- What is literature and does it matter? -- Literature and cultural studies -- Language, meaning, and interpretation -- Rhetoric, poetics, and poetry -- Narrative -- Performative language -- Identity, identification, and the subject -- Ethics and aesthetics -- Appendix : Theoretical schools and movements.
- "What is literary theory? Is there a relationship between literature and culture? These are some of questions addressed by Jonathan Culler. Uses easy-to-grasp examples to outline the ideas behind schools of criticism that can otherwise be quite daunting, such as deconstruction, semiotics, and postcolonial theory. He explains "theory" not by describing warring "schools" but by sketching key "moves" that theory has encouraged, and by speaking directly about the implications of theory for thinking about literature, human identity, and the power of language. " --Publisher's description.
- 9780199691340 (pbk.)
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 147-153) and index.
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