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Routledge Library Editions: Literary Theory


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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.

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A Dictionary of Modern Critical Terms Revised and Enlarged Edition

A Dictionary of Modern Critical Terms: Revised and Enlarged Edition

1st Edition

Edited By Roger Fowler
January 11, 2018

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 ...

A. J. Greimas and the Nature of Meaning Linguistics, Semiotics and Discourse Theory

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

1st Edition

By Ronald Schleifer
January 11, 2018

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, ...

Black Literature and Literary Theory

Black Literature and Literary Theory

1st Edition

By Henry Louis Gates, Jr
January 11, 2018

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...

British Post-Structuralism Since 1968

British Post-Structuralism: Since 1968

1st Edition

By Antony Easthope
January 11, 2018

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 ...

Deconstruction and the Politics of Criticism

Deconstruction and the Politics of Criticism

1st Edition

By Sibel Irzik
January 11, 2018

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 ...

E. M. Forster as Critic

E. M. Forster as Critic

1st Edition

By Rukun Advani
January 11, 2018

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 ...

Gadamer and Hermeneutics Science, Culture, Literature

Gadamer and Hermeneutics: Science, Culture, Literature

1st Edition

Edited By Hugh J. Silverman
January 11, 2018

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 ...

Genetic Codes of Culture? The Deconstruction of Tradition by Kuhn, Bloom, and Derrida

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

1st Edition

By William R. Schultz
January 11, 2018

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 ...

Historical Criticism and the Meaning of Texts

Historical Criticism and the Meaning of Texts

1st Edition

By J. R. de J. Jackson
January 11, 2018

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 ...

Language, Thought and Comprehension A Study of the Writings of I. A. Richards

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

1st Edition

By W. H. N. Hotopf
January 11, 2018

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 ...

Literature as Communication and Cognition in Bakhtin and Lotman

Literature as Communication and Cognition in Bakhtin and Lotman

1st Edition

By Allan Reid
January 11, 2018

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 ...

Nature and Language A Semiotic Study of Cucurbits in Literature

Nature and Language: A Semiotic Study of Cucurbits in Literature

1st Edition

By Ralf Norrman, Jon Haarberg
January 11, 2018

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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