The Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism
by Michael Groden (Editor); Martin Kreiswirth (Editor); Imre Szeman
Publication Date: 2004-11-03
by Charles E. Bressler
Publication Date: 2006-07-26
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A Play Analysis
by R. J. Cardullo
Publication Date: 2015-10-28
"Play Analysis: A Casebook on Modern Western Drama is a combined play-analysis textbook and course companion that contains twelve essays on major dramas from the modern European and American theaters: among them, Ghosts, The Ghost Sonata, The Doctor's Dilemma, A Man's a Man, The Homecoming, The Hairy Ape, The Front Page, Of Mice and Men, Our Town, The Glass Menagerie, and Death of a Salesman. Supplementing these essays are a Step-by-Step Approach to Play Analysis, a Glossary of Dramatic Terms, Study Guides, Topics for Writing and Discussion, and bibliographies. Written with college students in mind (and possibly also advanced high school students), these critical essays cover some of the central plays treated in courses on modern Euro-American drama and will provide students with practical models to help them improve their own writing and analytical skills. The author is a "close reader" committed to a detailed yet objective examination of the structure, style, imagery, and language of a play. Moreover, he is concerned chiefly with dramatic analysis that can be of benefit not only to playreaders and theatergoers, but also to directors, designers, and even actors--that is, with analysis of character, action, dialogue, and setting that can be translated into concepts for theatrical production, or that can at least provide the kind of understanding of a play with which a theater practitioner could fruitfully quarrel."
by Johannes Willem Bertens
Publication Date: 2001-01-01
Tackling literary theory for the first time can seem a daunting task, it but it can be rewarding. This accessible guide provides the ideal first step in understanding theory, as the author: -- leads you through the major approaches to literature which are signaled by the term "literary theory" -- places each critical movement in its historical (and often political) context -- illustrates theory in practice with examples from much-read texts -- suggests further reading for those especially interested in a particular critical approaches -- shows not only that theory can make sense but that it can radically change the way you read. Covering all the basics and much more, this is the ideal book for anyone interested in how we read and why that matters.
by Terry Eagleton
Publication Date: 2011-11-30
A quarter of a century on from its original publication, Literary Theory: An Introduction still conjures the subversion, excitement and exoticism that characterized theory through the 1960s and 70s, when it posed an unprecedented challenge to the literary establishment. Eagleton has added a new preface to this anniversary edition to address more recent developments in literary studies, including what he describes as "the growth of a kind of anti-theory", and the idea that literary theory has been institutionalized. Insightful and enlightening, Literary Theory: An Introduction remains the essential guide to the field. 25th Anniversary Edition of Terry Eagleton's classic introduction to literary theory First published in 1983, and revised in 1996 to include material on developments in feminist and cultural theory Has served as an inspiration to generations of students and teachers Continues to function as arguably the definitive undergraduate textbook on literary theory Reissue includes a new foreword by Eagleton himself, reflecting on the impact and enduring success of the book, and on developments in literary theory since it was first published
Renaissance Drama and Contemporary Literary Theory
by Andrew Mousley
Publication Date: 2000-01-01
Unlike other introductions to literary theory, this book offers a sustained discussion of a specific period of English Literature. Avoiding the danger of employing theories as templates, the book uses Renaissance drama and literary theory to question and illuminate each other. Love, money, alienation and exotic death are amongst the various topics discussed. The book also provides a distinctive and comprehensive account of literary theory's complex relationship with its main predecessor, humanism. In all, seventeen plays are discussed including well-known texts, such as A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Duchess of Malfi, as well as less-studied plays such as The Knight of the Burning Pestle and The Shoemakers' Holiday.
Postcolonial Studies and the Literary
by Eli Park Sorensen
Publication Date: 2010-04-21
Critics have argued that the field of postcolonial studies has become melancholic due to its institutionalization in recent years. This book identifies some limits of postcolonial studies and suggests ways of coming to terms with this issue via a renewed engagement with the literary dimension in the postcolonial text.