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Literature and Theory
Contemporary Signposts and Critical Surveys

Edited By

Sk Sagir Ali

ISBN 9780367471934
Published June 6, 2022 by Routledge India
212 Pages

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Book Description

Literature and Theory is designed to assist students to apply key critical theories to literary texts. Focusing on representative works and authors widely taught across classrooms in the world – Joyce, Dickinson, Shakespeare, Beckett, Eliot, and Octavia Butler – it picks up different aspects of studying literature in an accessible format. The volume also brings together chapters that represent major modern literary schools of thought, including structuralism, poststructuralism, myth criticism, queer theory, feminism, postcolonialism, and deconstruction.

This book will be of great interest to scholars and researchers of literary and critical theory, as well as culture studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction – Literature and Theory: Contemporary Signposts and Critical Surveys


Part I. Myth-Criticism

1. Portrait of Mythical and Archetypal Colour: A Reading of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Debaditya Mukhopadhyay


Part II. Poststructuralism and Deconstruction

2. Emily Dickinson’s ‘Nature’: A Poetic Metaphoricity and the Power of a Poststructuralist Hermeneutic

Mausumi Guha Chatterjee


3. Narrating the ‘New City/ies’: Urban Studies in Literature and Cityscapes in Graphic Novels

Subashish Bhattacharjee


4. “To Save the Tale from the Artist”: A Deconstructive Reading of Lawrence’s Sons and Lovers

Sankar Prasad Singha


5. Orpheus’s Gaze and the Blanchotian Literature of the Unword: Locating the Ethical Finitudes of the Il y a in Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot

Swayamdipta Das


Part III. Psychoanalytic Criticism

6. The Whore and the Virgin: Sexual Non-Rapport in the Poetry of T.S. Eliot and Dialectics of the Obsessional Subject

Deeptesh Sen


7. Truth in Literature: Lacan’s Joyce and the Question of Applied Psychoanalysis

Dipanjan Maitra


8. Re-writing the Psychotic Other of Author-Function in Peter Carey’s My Life as a Fake

Arka Chattopadhyay


Part IV. Queer Theory

9. “He had beauty, though”: The Queerness of Ruskin Bond’s Delhi is not Far

Niladri Ranjan Chatterjee


Part V. Reader-Response Criticism

10. The Problematic of Reading: The Intra-Textual Readers in Leslie Marmon Silko’s Almanac of the Dead

Mamata Sengupta


Part VI. New Historicism

11. Revisiting the Rushdiean “Peeling, Fragmenting Palimpsest” called Pakistan: A New Historicist-Feminist Approach

Nasima Islam


Part VII. Marxism

12. Marxism and Literary Thought: A View

Anand Prakash


Part VIII. Postcolonialism

13. “This is Not Knowledge; this is Vanity”: Phrenology and the Mimicry of Western Science in Amitav Ghosh’s The Circle of Reason

Sakoon Singh


Part IX. Cultural Study

14. Politics of Purity and Pollution: A Study of Cultural Voyeurism in Kanthapura

Sk Sagir Ali


15. Abuse, Coercion, and Power in Octavia Butler’s “Bloodchild”

Shiladitya Sen


Part X. Translation Study

16. Intermediality and Translation: Pedagogical Possibilities

Tutun Mukherjee

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Sk Sagir Ali is Assistant Professor at the Department of English, Midnapore College (Autonomous), West Bengal, India. His published works include the edited book Religion in South Asian Anglophone Literature: Traversing Resistance Margins and Extremism (Routledge) and the monograph, Culture, Community and Difference in Select Contemporary British Muslim Fictions (forthcoming, Routledge).