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Literary Theory: The Basics [Hardcover]

By Hans Bertens (Author)
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Pages   272
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.04" Width: 5.34" Height: 0.81"
Weight:   0.92 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   May 31, 2001
Publisher   Routledge
ISBN  0415250617  
EAN  9780415250610  

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Tackling literary theory for the first time can seem a daunting task, but it is also one of the most 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.

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Hans Bertens is Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Utrecht. He has published widely on postmodernism and literary theory, including "The Idea of the Postmodern: A History" (1995) and "Literary Theory: The Basics" (2001).

Joseph Natoli teaches at the Center for Integrative Studies in the Arts and Humanities at Michigan State University. He has written a cultural history of 1990s America with the volumes "Hauntings" (1994), "Speeding to the Millennium" (1998), and "Postmodern Journeys" (2000), and he is also author of "A Primer to Postmodernity" (1997).

Hans Bertens has an academic affiliation as follows - Utrecht University Utrecht University, the Netherlands Utrecht Univers.

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Best By Far  Oct 29, 2003
This book is the best by far in terms of lucidity and approachability. He demystifies and descarifies many difficult areas of theory. His historical approach (he begins mid-Victorian and moves from there through New Criticism, Formalism and the like) really helps show how each idea evolved from, and is indebted to, the other schools of theory. A brilliant book, which I cannot recommend highly enough!
Highly recommended...  Feb 22, 2002
I can't say enough good things about this book and its author, Bertens. We are using this as one of our textbooks in an advanced Contemporary Literary Theory class. The readings that we have to do by literary theorists (Derrida & ilk) are often confusing, but the Bertens book ties everything together in easy-to-understand language. I never approach the book as a "chore," rather, it is a joy. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in a clear, concise, well-written introduction to modern literary theory. It includes such topics as Formalism, Structuralism, Post-Structuralism, Deconstruction, Post-Colonialism, and Feminist Theory, among others.

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