I finished this book a few months ago but forgot to write a review. Structuralism, Linguistics, and the Study of Literature Ithaca: But of course, after the VSI ends, we are left with the uncomfortable fact that it did not really introduce what it was supposed to! A rather uneven treatment of the topic.
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He explains "theory" not by describing warring "schools" but by sketching key "moves" that theory has encouraged, and by speaking directly about the implications of theory for thinking about literature, human identity, and the power of language. Concise yet thorough, Literary Theory also outlines the ideas behind a number of different schools: That's a great one. Jonathan Culler manages to do just that, as far as I can judge with my non-existent knowledge of the Theory.
You can go and check again. Those points are too in-depth for this book, so in a way Jonathan Culler raises as many questions as he answers. Legal System and Practice. We dance round in a ring and suppose, But the Secret sits in the middle and knows.
Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction
The introduction and first few chapters were funny and simple enough for a novice like me to understand. A Theory can only, at best, be a tool. Often a controversial subject, said litrary have transformed the study of culture and society in the past two decades, literary theory is accused of undermining respect for literafy and truth and encouraging suspicion about the political and psychological implications of cultural projects rather than admiration for great literature.
Take it in increments.
A Very Short Introduction Introduces the reader to the great questions that animate literary theorists today, but does claim to introduce readers to the dominant 'schools', for which I will be approaching other books-- some of which are suggested by Culler in the very important "further reading" section these small books provide. I love this book, and highly recommend it to anyone interested in the literary and theoretical landscape of contemporary academia.
A Very Short Introduction, which has been translated into some 20 languages. Quotes from Literary Theory: In conclusion, I came here expecting a nice romp from Russian formalism to new historicism, touching on Derrida, Foucault, whatever. John's CollegeOxford Universitywhere he earned a B. In Makaryk, Irene Rima ed. Theory, then, offers not a set of solutions but the prospect of further thought.
Theoretical schools and movements References Further Reading Index.
The Literary in Theory | Jonathan Culler
To be fair, this started off quite well. It serves its purpose, so I find it hard to fault it significantly. Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life's most interesting topics.
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Indeed, perhaps, we should not expect to get overall idea of the subject from an introductory text. Thdory is literary theory? Instead of chapters to schools and their methods, the book's eight chapters address issues and problems of literary theory.
However, the author seems to have the wrong audience in mind.
What is literature and does it matter? I loved that Culler organized the work thematically rather than by critical schools.
His Theory of the Lyric approaches the Western lyric tradition, from Sappho to Ashbery, exploring the major parameters of the genre and contesting two dominant models of the lyric: It starts with discussing what is the theory within the context of humanities; moves towards the overlap between the literary theory and the cultural studies; talks a bit about the linguistics within the context of literature and then moves on towards the types of the literar I've recently discovered Oxford's "A Very Short Introduction" books and find them very helpful and really well written.
I just skimmed this one. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.
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