horizon of expectations, His historical materialist approach makes him a Marxist critic. These are some of questions addressed by Jonathan Culler in this Very Short Introduction to literary theory. Paperback. Literary Theory by Jonathan Culler. Most are under 200 pages long. Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction Summary. Jonathan Culler Very Short Introductions. Disclaimer:A copy that has been read, but remains in excellent condition. Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction Summary & Study Guide Jonathan Culler This Study Guide consists of approximately 24 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of Literary Theory. Very Short Introductions (VSI) is a book series published by the Oxford University Press (OUP). Introduction. What is literary theory? In fact, what is literature, and does it matter? Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction. Culler's book more than sharpened me: it has given me additional food for thought, as well as a wider perspective on literary theory in general.Chapters on literature's importance, cultural studies, performative language, narrative, poetics, identity and literary interpretation all provide an excellent introduction for a beginner. Literary Theory, A Very Short Introduction by Professor Jonathan Culler, takes the approach in describing the subject of literary theory that it is more beneficial to discuss the overall impact of the discipline rather than enter the debate arena and address the questions and controversy that linger about it. Previous edition sold 114,000 copies ; Revised and updated, including new material about the 'death of theory'; the links between the theory of narrative and cognitive science; trauma theory; and ecocriticism, as well as a new chapter on 'Ethics and Aesthetics' He maps the growth of literary theory starting before the Romantic movement and concluding with the post-structuralism of 20th century. Very Good. Pages are intact and are not marred by notes or highlighting, but may contain a neat previous owner name. The spine remains undamaged. Oxford University Press, Incorporated, 2000. Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction - Chapter 4, Language, Meaning and Interpretation Summary & Analysis Jonathan Culler This Study Guide consists of approximately 24 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of Literary Theory. A very basic way of thinking about literary theory is that these ideas act as different lenses critics use to view and talk about art, literature… The books are concise introductions to particular subjects, intended for a general audience but written by experts. Second Edition. These questions and more are addressed in Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction, a book which steers a clear path through a subject which is often perceived to be complex and impenetrable. His writing includes a wide range from the 19th and the 20th centuries to 1970s Marxist tradition and from Marxist literary-cultural analysis to the need for theory. Summary: This resource will help you begin the process of understanding literary theory and schools of criticism and how they are used in the academy. Literary Theory: An Introduction by Terry Eagleton attempts to define literature and literary theory by keeping rise of English as focal point. Is there a relationship between literature and culture? 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