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Introducing Literary Theories

A Guide and Glossary

Edited by Julian Wolfreys

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Introducing Literary Theories is an ideal introduction for those coming to literary theory for the first time. It provides an accessible introduction to the major theoretical approaches in chapters covering: Bakhtinian Criticism, Structuralism, Feminist Theory, Marxist Literary Theories, Reader-Response Theories, Psychoanalytic Criticism, Deconstruction, Poststructuralism, New Historicism, Cultural Materialism, Postcolonial Theory, Gay Studies/ Queer Theories, Cultural Studies and Postmodernism.

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Contents

Contents
Preface and Acknowledgements
Abbreviations of Works Cited
Introduction, Julian Wolfreys
1. R. Brandon Kershner: Mikhail Bakhtin and Bakhtinian criticism
Notes towards a reading of A Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man
Questions for further consideration
Annotated bibliography
Supplementary bibliography
2. K.M. Newton: Roland Barthes and structuralist criticism
Notes towards a reading of Middlemarch
Questions for further consideration
Annotated bibliography
Supplementary bibliography
3. Ruth Robbins: Will the real feminist theory please stand up?
Notes towards readings of Mrs Dalloway and Middlemarch
Questions for further consideration
Annotated bibliography
Supplementary bibliography
4. Moyra Haslett: The politics of literature: Marxist Literary Theories
Notes towards a reading of Mrs Dalloway
Questions for further consideration
Annotated bibliography
Supplementary bibliography
5. Martin McQuillan: There is no such thing as reader-response theory
Notes towards a reading of Mrs Dalloway
Questions for further consideration
Annotated bibliography
Supplementary bibliography
6. Jill Barker: The self, the other, and the text: Psychoanalytic Criticism
Notes towards a reading of The Tempest
Questions for further consideration
Annotated bibliography
Supplementary bibliography
7. Julian Wolfreys: Deconstruction, what remains unread
Notes towards a reading of In Memoriam A.H.H.
Questions for further consideration
Annotated bibliography
Supplementary bibliography
8. Mark Currie: Criticism and creativity: Poststructuralist Theories
Notes towards a reading of Mrs Dalloway
Questions for further consideration
Annotated bibliography
Supplementary bibliography
9. John Brannigan: History, power, and politics in the literary artifact: New Historicism
Notes towards readings of The Tempest & In Memoriam A.H.H
Questions for further consideration
Annotated bibliography
Supplementary bibliography
10. John Brannigan: Conflict and contradiction: Cultural Materialism
Notes towards readings of The Tempest & In Memoriam A.H.H
Questions for further consideration
Annotated bibliography
Supplementary bibliography
11. Gail Low & Julian Wolfreys: Postcolonialism and the difficulty of
difference
Notes towards readings of The Tempest & The Swimming-Pool Library
Questions for further consideration
Annotated bibliography
Supplementary bibliography
12. Jane Goldman & Julian Wolfreys: Works on the Wild(e) side - performing,
transgressing, queering: Gay Studies/Queer Theories
Notes towards a reading of The Swimming-Pool Library
Questions for further consideration
Annotated bibliography
Supplementary bibliography
13. Kenneth Womack: Theorizing culture, reading ourselves: Cultural Studies
Notes towards readings of The Swimming-Pool Library & Prospero's Books
Questions for further consideration
Annotated bibliography
Supplementary bibliography
14. Arkady Plotnitsky: Postmodernism and Postmodernity: Literature,
Criticism,
Philosophy, Culture
Notes towards readings of The Tempest & Paradise Lost
Questions for further consideration
Annotated bibliography
Supplementary bibliography
Glossary
Index
Alternative Contents
In Memoriam. A.H.H: Deconstruction, New Historicism, Cultural Materialism
Middlemarch: Structuralism, Feminist Theory
Mrs Dalloway: Feminist Theory, Marxist Literary Theories, Reader-Response Theory, Poststructuralist Theories
Paradise Lost: Postmodernism
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man: Bakhtin and Bakhtinian Criticism
Prospero¹s Books: Psychoanalytic Criticism, Cultural Studies
The Swimming-Pool Library: Gay Studies/Queer Theories, Postcolonialism,
Cultural Studies
The Tempest: Psychoanalytic Criticism, New Historicism, Cultural Materialism,
Postcolonialism, Postmodernism.

About the Author

Julian Wolfeys is author and editor of more than 40 books on nineteenth- and twentieth-century English literature and literary theory. Most recently he has published Dickens’s London and The Derrida Wordbook, both with EUP. He is Professor of English Literature at the University of Portsmouth, where he is also Director of the Centre for Studies in LIterature. He recently published his first novel, Silent Music.

Reviews

Excellent introductiory essays on a wide range of theories, accompanied by brief 'applied' readings to a diversity of student-friendly texts.
- Dr C Ringrose, Head of English, University College Northampton
It offers a well-structured introduction to literary theories. The chapters are lucid, perspicacious and extremely well-informed.
- Prof Dr Sabine Coelsch-Foisner, University of Salzburg