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The Pocket Essential Literary Theory

by David Carter - £4.99  Oldcastle Books Ltd (2006)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9781904048664 | ISBN 10: 1904048668

It sounds daunting: all those isms, long technical words, weird French thinkers and incomprehensible Germans. From university students to the average intelligent reader, everyone is expected to justify their theoretical perspective. The problem is that defining what you mean by theory, let alone what you mean by literary, causes most people, including the theorists themselves, the mumble incoherently and shuffle their feet. There are formalist, structuralist, Marxist and psychoanalytical theories; poststructuralist, postcolonialist, and postmodernist theories; not to mention feminist and queer theories, and even anti-theories!
Most books providing introductions to literary theory are long-winded tomes, guiding dogged readers through the twists and turns of critical analysis and logic. This volume goes to the heart of the key concepts of literary theory, explaining them in clear everyday language.

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