Routledge Library Editions: Literary Theory

This set reissues 27 books on literary theory originally published between 1965 and 1992. Top academics in the field examine different aspects of literary theory, including structuralism, post-structuralism, stylistics and semiotics, and approach these theories in a variety of ways. This set will be of particular interest to students of literature and literary theory.

  • Postmodern Brecht: A Re-Presentation book cover

    Postmodern Brecht

    A Re-Presentation, 1st Edition

    By Elizabeth Wright

    In this radical and deliberately controversial re-reading of Brecht, first published in 1989, Elizabeth Wright takes a new view of the playwright, giving us a more ‘Brechtian’ reading than so far achieved and making his work historically relevant here and now. The author discusses in detail Brecht’…

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  • The Taming of the Text: Explorations in Language, Literature and Culture book cover

    The Taming of the Text

    Explorations in Language, Literature and Culture, 1st Edition

    Edited by Willie Van Peer

    The contributors of this text, first published in 1988, provide a dynamic view of the social functioning of texts, taking account of linguistic, literary and cultural elements. They bring together innovative perspectives on literary analysis and theory, on pragmatics and discourse analysis, as well…

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  • Nature and Language: A Semiotic Study of Cucurbits in Literature book cover

    Nature and Language

    A Semiotic Study of Cucurbits in Literature, 1st Edition

    By Ralf Norrman, Jon Haarberg

    There exists an area of overlap where language and nature meet, and this book, first published in 1980, illuminates that fascinating territory. When real-world things, such as plants, are used in literature or language as symbols, these special signs have a double allegiance. They function as…

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  • Historical Criticism and the Meaning of Texts book cover

    Historical Criticism and the Meaning of Texts

    1st Edition

    By J. R. de J. Jackson

    In this original and significant contribution to literary controversy, first published in 1989, Professor Jackson argues on semantic grounds that historical criticism, which he defines as the attempt to read works of literature and criticism as they were read when they were new, is a necessary…

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  • William Empson: The Man and His Work book cover

    William Empson

    The Man and His Work, 1st Edition

    Edited by Roma Gill

    This volume of commemorative and celebratory essays, first published in 1974, concentrates on William Empson – the critic, the poet and friend. The papers range from the biographical to the academic, but what every one suggests is the impossibility of separating the man from his work and the ‘life’…

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  • Black Literature and Literary Theory book cover

    Black Literature and Literary Theory

    1st Edition

    By Henry Louis Gates, Jr

    The imaginative literature of African and Afro-American authors writing in Western languages has long been seen as standing outside the Western literary canon. In fact, however, black literature not only has a complex formal relation to that canon, but tends to revise and reflect Western rhetorical…

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  • A Dictionary of Modern Critical Terms: Revised and Enlarged Edition book cover

    A Dictionary of Modern Critical Terms

    Revised and Enlarged Edition, 1st Edition

    Edited by Roger Fowler

    This book, first published in 1987, differs from many other ‘dictionaries of criticism’ in concentrating less on time-honoured rhetorical terms and more on conceptually flexible, powerful terms. Each entry consists of not simply a dictionary definition but an essay exploring the history and full…

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  • E. M. Forster as Critic book cover

    E. M. Forster as Critic

    1st Edition

    By Rukun Advani

    This title, first published in 1984, is a study of E. M. Forster as a liberal-humanist thinker and socio-literary critic. Advani discusses Forster’s ideas on man, society, politics, religion, art, aesthetics, fiction and literary criticism. The author examines why Forster was impelled from fiction…

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  • A. J. Greimas and the Nature of Meaning: Linguistics, Semiotics and Discourse Theory book cover

    A. J. Greimas and the Nature of Meaning

    Linguistics, Semiotics and Discourse Theory, 1st Edition

    By Ronald Schleifer

    In this book, first published in 1987, Professor Schleifer sets Greimas’ work in its intellectual context and sets forth the development of his distinctive style of interpretation. Moreover, the author goes on to consider Greimas’ work against the latest examinations of discourse in philosophy,…

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  • The Ecstasies of Roland Barthes book cover

    The Ecstasies of Roland Barthes

    1st Edition

    By Mary Bittner Wiseman

    In this book, first published in 1989, Mary Bittner Wiseman interprets Roland Barthes’s experiments as efforts to reposition the human subject with respect to language and to time in order to let the subject escape from the language of a particular culture and the present time. With her insistent…

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  • The Reader's Construction of Narrative book cover

    The Reader's Construction of Narrative

    1st Edition

    By Horst Ruthrof

    In this book, first published in 1981, the author argues that narrative is an interaction between "the presented world and the presentational process" and attempts to define narrative from the perspective of reading. The Reader’s Construction of Narrative includes chapters on narrative language,…

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  • Deconstruction and the Politics of Criticism book cover

    Deconstruction and the Politics of Criticism

    1st Edition

    By Sibel Irzik

    The purpose of this book, first published in 1990, is to call attention to the contrast between the remarkable politicization of the rhetoric of literary criticism and the scarcity of interest in the concrete historical and political contexts of literary texts. Deconstruction and the Politics of…

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  • Language, Thought and Comprehension: A Study of the Writings of I. A. Richards book cover

    Language, Thought and Comprehension

    A Study of the Writings of I. A. Richards, 1st Edition

    By W. H. N. Hotopf

    This book, first published in 1965, provides an interdisciplinary approach to the work of I. A. Richards. This study is particularly concerned with ideas about education, literary theory, language, philosophy and psychology, and focuses on many of Richard’s most important works, including The…

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  • Structural Models and African Poetics: Towards a Pragmatic Theory of Literature book cover

    Structural Models and African Poetics

    Towards a Pragmatic Theory of Literature, 1st Edition

    By Sunday O. Anozie

    In this pioneering work, first published in 1981, Sunday O. Anozie examines the relevance of structuralism and semiology to literary criticism in general and to African poetics in particular. Behind the growing body of African literature lies an immense reservoir of oral tradition for which the…

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  • British Post-Structuralism: Since 1968 book cover

    British Post-Structuralism

    Since 1968, 1st Edition

    By Antony Easthope

    Through this exploration of the relation between Marxism, post-structuralism and the theory of the subject, first published in 1988, Antony Easthope contrasts the degree to which post-structuralism has made a radical impact on English and American national cultures. This book reprints an important…

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  • The Languages of Literature: Some Linguistic Contributions to Criticism book cover

    The Languages of Literature

    Some Linguistic Contributions to Criticism, 1st Edition

    By Roger Fowler

    In The Language of Literature, first published in 1971, Roger Fowler argues that the vitality and centrality of the verbal dimension of literature, and, read as a whole, the papers in this collection imply a consistent point of view on language in literature. The author focuses on the continuity of…

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  • Essays in Modern Stylistics book cover

    Essays in Modern Stylistics

    1st Edition

    Edited by Donald Freeman

    Essays in Modern Stylistics, first published in 1981, is a collection of essays in the application of modern linguistic theory to the study of literature. The essays reflect the development in stylistics away from programmic statements towards analysis of particular literary works and effects. This…

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  • Gadamer and Hermeneutics: Science, Culture, Literature book cover

    Gadamer and Hermeneutics

    Science, Culture, Literature, 1st Edition

    Edited by Hugh J. Silverman

    This title, first published in 1991, opens with an account by Gadamer of his own life and work and their relation to the achievements of hermeneutics. Building upon the key theme of dialogue, Gadamer and Hermeneutics provides a series of essays, either linked Gadamer to other major contemporary…

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  • The Conspiracy of the Text: The Place of Narrative in the Development of Thought book cover

    The Conspiracy of the Text

    The Place of Narrative in the Development of Thought, 1st Edition

    By Jeff Adams

    In The Conspiracy of the Text, first published in 1986, Jeff Adams looks at an early stage in childhood to examine the ways in which children create social organisation and moral order. Adams shows how certain narratives, such as fairy tales, serve as a foundation for this system, and does this…

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  • Wounded Fiction: Modern Poetry and Deconstruction book cover

    Wounded Fiction

    Modern Poetry and Deconstruction, 1st Edition

    By Joseph Adamson

    This book, first published in 1988, does not concern the theory of poetry so much as the poetry of theory: a poetry that theorizes, that has a "view" on things, that thinks. What or what things does poetry think about, and what do we mean by thinking? The author attempts to answer these questions…

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  • Post-Structuralist Classics book cover

    Post-Structuralist Classics

    1st Edition

    Edited by Andrew Benjamin

    Modern literary theory is increasingly looking to philosophy for its inspiration. After a wave of structural analysis, the growing influence of deconstruction and hermeneutic readings continues to bear witness to this. This exciting and important collection, first published in 1988, reveals the…

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  • The Future of Literary Theory book cover

    The Future of Literary Theory

    1st Edition

    Edited by Ralph Cohen

    In this book, first published in 1989, twenty-give eminent critics and theorists write about different aspects of literary theory. These essays represent leading research in psychoanalytic criticism, new historicism, Continental theory, feminism, Afro-American studies, philosophy, cybernetics,…

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  • Speech Acts and Literary Theory book cover

    Speech Acts and Literary Theory

    1st Edition

    By Sandy Petrey

    This book, first published in 1990, combines an introduction to speech-act theory as developed by J. L. Austin with a survey of critical essays that have adapted Austin's thought for literary analysis. Speech-act theory emphasizes the social reality created when speakers agree that their language…

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  • Genetic Codes of Culture?: The Deconstruction of Tradition by Kuhn, Bloom, and Derrida book cover

    Genetic Codes of Culture?

    The Deconstruction of Tradition by Kuhn, Bloom, and Derrida, 1st Edition

    By William R. Schultz

    In this text, first published in 1994, the author examines the interdisciplinary significance of the theory of science, literature and philosophy according to the figures who achieved prominence in those fields - Kuhn, Bloom and Derrida. Each scholar's theory is discussed in terms of its major…

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  • Literature as Communication and Cognition in Bakhtin and Lotman book cover

    Literature as Communication and Cognition in Bakhtin and Lotman

    1st Edition

    By Allan Reid

    This title, first published in 1990, argues for the existence of a significant connection between the theories of literature and culture of Mikhail Mikhailovich Bakhtin (1895-1975) and Iurii Mikhailovich Lotman (1922-1993). There is general agreement in the academic or scholarly community that…

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  • Unfolding the Mind: The Unconscious in American Romanticism and Literary Theory book cover

    Unfolding the Mind

    The Unconscious in American Romanticism and Literary Theory, 1st Edition

    By Jeffrey Steele

    American writers in the 1830’s and 1840’s felt the need for a new terminology to express their awakening perception of "new" aspects of the mind. Without words like the "unconscious" vast areas of the psyche would have remained unexpressed and thus unapproachable. This "discovery" of the…

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  • Romancing the Postmodern book cover

    Romancing the Postmodern

    1st Edition

    By Diane Elam

    By exposing the theory of romance to the romance of theory, Diane Elam explores literature’s most uncertain, least easily definable and most tenacious genre, assessing its implications for both feminism and the understanding of history. Arguing for a parallel between postmodernism’s divided…

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    Routledge Library Editions: Literary Theory

    1st Edition

    By Various

    This set reissues 27 books on literary theory originally published between 1965 and 1992. Top academics in the field examine different aspects of literary theory, including structuralism, post-structuralism, stylistics and semiotics, and approach these theories in a variety of ways. This set will…

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