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What Is Literary Theory Is There A Relationship Between Literature And Culture These Are Some Of Questions Addressed By Jonathan Culler In This New Edition Of His Highly Popular Very Short Introduction Culler, An Extremely Lucid Commentator And Much Admired In The Field Of Literary Theory, Uses Easy To Grasp Examples As He Outlines 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 In This Second Edition, Culler Includes Much New Material, Including A Discussion Of The Death Of Theory, A Look At Topics Such As Trauma Theory, Ecocriticism, And The Link Between The Theory Of Narrative And Cognitive Science, Plus A New Chapter On Ethics And Aesthetics The Book Also Includes Updated Bibliographies Shedding Light On Everything From Literature And Social Identity, To Poetry, Poetics, And Rhetoric, Literary Theory Is A Welcome Guide For All Lovers Of LiteratureAbout The Series Combining Authority With Wit, Accessibility, And Style, Very Short Introductions Offer An Introduction To Some Of Life S Most Interesting Topics Written By Experts For The Newcomer, They Demonstrate The Finest Contemporary Thinking About The Central Problems And Issues In Hundreds Of Key Topics, From Philosophy To Freud, Quantum Theory To Islam

7 thoughts on “Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

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    Cullers Einf hrung ist Pflichtlekt re f r diejenigen, die sich endlich in dem Wust von Fachbegriffen und diversen theoretischen Ans tzen zurechtfinden wollen.Der Autor beginnt mit der Beantwortung von simpel erscheinenden Fragen Was ist Theorie Was ist Literatur Welchen Sinn hat Literatur berhaupt Was ist Interpretation um nur ein paar zu nennen.Die Kapitel sind sehr kurz gehalten, aber u erst inhaltsvoll, so dass ein einmaliges Lesen einzelner Abschnitte nicht ausreicht Wenn man sich aber die M he macht dieses Werk, im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes, zu studieren, hat man mit einiger Sicherheit einen guten Einstieg in das weite Feld der Literaturtheorie gefunden Eine knappe Bibliographie verweist zudem auf die wichtigsten weiterf hrenden Werke zu den unterschiedlichen Themenbereichen.Fazit Zusammen mit KindlersMetzler Lexikon Literatur und Kulturtheoriesowie AbramsA Glossary of Literary Termsbildet dieses kleine B chlein die Heilige Schrift f r den Literatur und Theoriefanatiker.

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    Literary theory is a pretty imposing topic, and it s especially imposing to people like myself who don t have a liberal arts education So, I was really happy to find Culler s introduction to literary theory Rather than hiding behind a taxonomy of the various schools of thought, he discusses and attempts to answer some difficult questions What is theory What is literature Why might we care about the answers to these questions My take on this book is that Culler has successfully managed to convey some of the difficult and interesting challenges of theory to uninitiated readers without dumbing down the subject too much Recommended.

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    This is an excellent introduction to Literary Theory by a person who is well positioned to provide it Jonathan Culler has achieved prominence for his ability to explain complex materials in a fair and balanced way Here the subject is one of his usuals literary theory Note that this is capital T Theory, not the literary theory which begins in antiquity, continues through the middle ages, renaissance and enlightenment until being somewhat displaced by the Romantics under the particular influence of Kant s Critique of Judgment This is the theory associated with the French Nietzscheans and their structuralist predecessors again, preceded by the linguistic concerns of Saussure.Culler is clearly fascinated by it and supportive of it, but he realizes its hegemonic tendencies, which is particularly interesting for an intellectual movement which is centered around the effacing of cultural hegemony He notes, e.g., that Theory consciously reduces our study of literature we still read Shakespeare, but Beaumont and Fletcher, Ben Jonson, Thomas Kyd, et al not so much He recognizes and acknowledges the politicization that is never far from the surface in the work of Theory s practitioners He does not go so far as to say with Theory s critics that Theory s attack on the enlightenment and its norms is a way of salvaging socialism since socialism s fortunes in the real world are stained with blood, the truth claims of the enlightenment empiricism which records those processes are systematically undercut He does not point out the antinomianism which frequently characterizes Theory E.D Hirsch, e.g., has described it as cognitive atheism.Most important, he is far optimistic about Theory s future than current practice would suggest Louis Menand, e.g., has charted the tendencies in postwar literary study and has seen us now move past Theory s better days At the micro level the student interest in Theory has waned immensely, though its political dimensions continue to influence their practices At my institution the number of prospective graduate students expressing an interest in specializing in Theory has dwindled to a small trickle The contrast between current realities and the days in which Theory s advocates argued for a complete displacement of traditional literary study has passed.Bottom line Culler s introduction is now, primarily, a historical document, but it is a very good one, one that not only identifies the players and their schools acknowledging that the outlines of such entities are often vague He even includes some clever and instructive cartoons without noting, in passing, that Theory s practices are often conducive to such representations The writing is very lucid, in contrast to the often opaque and convoluted writing of the Theorists themselves.In sum, this is an excellent short introduction to the subject, one of the best in this series.

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    Whoever at Oxford Press designed this excellent book has done the author a great disservice in choosing an 8 pt type size for the text I was involved in design and typography for over 30 years and in my opinion, unless you have close to 20 20 vision you might have a bit of a problem.Aside from that, the book is a great read Chapter 2 alone What is Literature and Why Does if Matter is worth the purchase If this paperback came with a pair of readers, I d give it 5 stars If there s a hardcover version, I hope it has a larger format, the content is than worth the consideration.

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    Already own a copy and have used in my English classes Great break down for a novice, in theory I especially like the identity unit Have modified and taught it over and over to all levels and grades of high school students, who are fascinated with themselves and want to learn how their identity develops and continues to evolve The theories are easy to grasp and relevant Connections in various works of literature I also used this unit for my MA in English The unit was an excellent source, for the Multicultural Literature course Hot topic and timeless Culler does a great job, in a concise little handbook.

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    As usual, Jonathan Culler does an excellent job explaining complex theoretical concepts so the reader may clearly understand what literary theory is, how it is done, how to apply it to both literary texts and literary criticism and everything else in life The book is witty, insightful and illuminating On reading it I have finally understood that literary theory is not necessarily a self contained corpus of doctrines aiming at deciding what literature is but rather a never ending practice, interdisciplinarian in nature, that helps us in making sense of our life and experience through our interaction with literature and culture I think I can fairly claim that I now have a better understanding of what is the literary in literature and any other cultural discourse and practice thanks to this book.

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    I have a Master s degree in Literature and when it came time for my requisite literary theory courses, they were taught in the driest, most pretentious, disconnected from reality way possible So much so that I decided that the academic study of literature was for people who wished to escape reality and deny their responsibility as citizens of a troubled populace This small book reaffirmed my love for the study of literature, albeit years after my life has taken other turns Cullers, rather than simply defining and describing the different schools of literary criticism which was what I bought the book expecting , approaches the material with the questions of what does it mean to read and what makes literature distinct from other forms of expression With a historical perspective and an ear for how people have used rhetoric and literary devices over time, this is a short, but fascinating explanation of why the study of literature is relevant Perhaps there are better, comprehensive books out there, but until I read those, this one is worth 5 stars