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Theory of literature

ReneМЃ Wellek

Theory of literature

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Published by Harcourt BraceJovanovich in New York .
Written in English


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StatementRené Wellek and Austin Warren.
ContributionsWarren, Austin.
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Open LibraryOL17090641M

Deconstructionists tend to concentrate on close readings of particular texts, focusing on how these texts refer to other texts. And that, in this field, is unprecedented. Can it even be defined, objectively? For instance, the Theory of literature book of the New Critics often contained an implicit moral dimension, and sometimes even a religious one: a New Critic might read a poem by T. This co-authored book adopts a different approach yet again, introducing the reader to various literary and critical theories through a series of short chapters structured on a thematic rather than theory-by-theory basis. The term "deconstruction" was coined by French philosopher Jacques Derrida in the s.

The likes of The New Yorker, the Times Literary Supplement, the New York Times book review and The Guardian can make or break a book with a crushing or glowing review, but what makes a critic equipped to voice such a powerful opinion? Below are five Theory of literature book the most accessible and helpful introductions to studying literary theory. Wellek and Warren are very fair to a variety of approaches, stressing the importance of not only close reading, but of textual criticism, the development of convention, and the recognition of fluid boundaries between "literature" and other varieties of writing. Theory of Literature also discusses an intrinsic approach to studying literature, discussing the use of devices such as euphony, rhythm, meter, stylistics, imagery, metaphor, symbols, and myth. Amuta's highly original and innovative approach remains relevant not only for assessing the literature of developing countries, but for Marxist and postcolonial theories of literary criticism more generally. Statements consisting only of original research should be removed.

Have you got any other recommendations for good introductions to literary theory? Often literary and cultural theory, which goes by the nickname "Theory," has seemed to be the theory of everything except literature: theory of language, of sexuality, of history, of the body, of the psyche, of meaning or meaninglessnessof politics, but not theory of literature. He also co-edited Just Being Difficult? He led the Institute for General and Comparative Literature at the university contributing to the development of literary hermeneutics interpretation and the modern theory of drama.


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However, the modern sense of "literary theory" only dates to approximately the s when the structuralist linguistics Theory of literature book Ferdinand de Saussure began to strongly influence English language literary criticism.

I love this book, and highly recommend it to anyone interested in the literary and theoretical landscape of contemporary academia. Now in its fourth expanded edition. Culler's vision of literary studies is inclusive and cumulative: it reminds us that 'learning' is both a noun and a verb, both a result and a process.

Another renown scholar, Susan Bassnett bornclaims that comparative literature and translation studies complement each other with Theory of literature book latter increasing the mobility of texts.

Schools[ edit ] Listed below are some of the most commonly identified schools of literary theory, along with their major authors. In a deconstructionist reading, this unconscious and unarticulated point is revealed, and in this revelation the binary structure upon which the text rests is imploded.

Later, the post-war approach brought back the cosmopolitan ideas of Goethe and Posnett and regained earlier focus on literary criticism and the search for common truths in literary models transcending time and place.

The likes of The New Yorker, the Times Literary Supplement, the New York Times book review and The Guardian can make or break a book with a crushing or glowing review, but what makes a critic equipped to voice such a powerful opinion?

This book shows that it has a pulse and a sense of humor. See J. This book is perhaps the best introduction to literary theory that takes drama and theatre as its specific focus.

In this timely and wide-ranging book, Jonathan Culler, whose lucid analyses of structuralism, semiotics, and deconstruction have been prized by generations of readers, explores the place of the literary in theory.

Comparative Literature: Selected full-text books and articles. By incorporating philosophical and social perspectives to connect these many trends, the author offers readers a coherent overall context for a deeper and richer reading of literature.

Biodun Jeyifo is a professor of African and African American studies and of comparative literature at Harvard University. It views literary texts as both being the product of a specific language and culture and as a universal phenomenon transcending national and cultural boundaries and timeframes.

Each chapter is effectively a short essay, considering such subjects or concepts as the author, readers and reading, monuments, animals, ghosts, moving pictures, desire, secrets, pleasure, and many others. The New Criticism was the first school to disavow the role of the author in interpreting texts, preferring to focus on "the text itself" in a close reading.

Meltzl and Brassai also worked to promote oral and folk studies as they sought to break the domination of great powers and include smaller nations and less commonly spoken languages into literary studies. Details Description This groundbreaking work, first published inwas one of the first to challenge the conventional critical assessment of African literature, and remains highly influential today.

Academics compare and contrast literary works of different languages and cultures, but also focus on works produced by different nations and cultures that share a common language.

The work encompasses "definitions and distinctions" of the natures and functions of literature; literary theory, criticism, and history; and general, comparative, and national literature.

A few negative points: despite their careful discussion of the definition of "literature," in practice they draw almost all of their examples from the canon. Paul H. As an extension of his theory of logocentrism, Derrida posited that all texts are based on hierarchical dualisms e.

Have you got any other recommendations for good introductions to literary theory? While the theory has lost much of its intellectual currency, the general acceptance and popularity of interdisciplinary scholarship in the s and 90s are regarded by many as an outgrowth of deconstruction.

How does literature reflect such core issues as gender and empire?

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Theory of literature book He lives in New Haven, CT.Paul H. Fry is the William Lampson Professor of English at Yale and specializes in British Romanticism, literary theory, and literature and Theory of literature book visual arts. He was educated at the University of California, Berkeley and Harvard and has been teaching at Yale since Sep 01,  · Introduction to Theory of Literature (ENGL ) In this first lecture, Professor Paul Fry explores the course's title in three parts.

The relationship between theory and philosophy, the question. Literary theory is devoted to, in a way, figuring out how to do this systematically in a way that it's not just random. You can't say anything about a text, but if you can back it up in certain.A book of this sort comes up against two obstacles: the mountain of pdf on literary theo ry that must be read and synt hesized and another mountain of material, only slightly smaller, that must necessarily be left out.

Because The Blackwell Guide to Literary Theory is aimed at readers.In this book, first published intwenty-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, aesthetics, and.Bringing his ebook popular course to the page, Yale University Professor Paul H.

Fry offers in this welcome book a guided tour of the main trends in twentieth-century literary theory.

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