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Literary Theory: The Basics

3rd Edition

By Hans Bertens


280 pages

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This third edition of Hans Bertens’ bestselling book is an essential guide to the often confusing and complicated world of literary theory. Exploring a broad range of topics from Marxist and feminist criticism to postmodernism and new historicism Literary Theory: The Basics covers contemporary topics including:

  • reception theory and reader response theory
  • the new criticism of postmodernism
  • the ‘after theory’ debate
  • post-humanism, biopolitics and animal studies
  • aesthetics

Literary Theory: The Basics helps readers to approach the many theories and debates in this field with confidence. Now with updated case studies and further reading this is an essential purchase for anyone who strives to understand literary theory today.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Reading for meaning: practical criticism and New Criticism 2. Reading for Form I: Formulism and easy structuralism, 1914-60 3. Reading for form II: French Structuralism, 1950-75 4. Political Reading: the 1970s and 1980s 5. The Postructuralist revolution: Derrida, deconstruction, and postmodernism 6.Postructuralism continued: Foucault, Lacan, and French feminism 7. Literature and culture: the new historicism and cultural materialism 8. Postcolonial criticism and theory 9.Sexuality, Literature, and culture 10. Ecocriticism 11. New Directions Conclusion

About the Author

Hans Bertens is Professor of Comparative Literature at Utrecht University, the Netherlands.

About the Series

The Basics

The Basics is a highly successful series of accessible guidebooks which provide an overview of the fundamental principles of a subject area in a jargon-free and undaunting format.

Intended for students approaching a subject for the first time, the books both introduce the essentials of a subject and provide an ideal springboard for further study. With over 50 titles spanning subjects from Artificial Intelligence to Women’s Studies, The Basics are an ideal starting point for students seeking to understand a subject area.

Each text comes with recommendations for further study and gradually introduces the complexities and nuances within a subject.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / Semiotics & Theory