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In Search of Authority: An Introductory Guide to Literary Theory

ISBN-10: 1551117673
ISBN-13: 9781551117676
Edition: 3rd 2007
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Book details

List price: $29.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Broadview Pr
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 277
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

In Search of Authority is the most engaging introduction to literary theory available today.This is the third edition of a book that has been widely used to introduce undergraduates to the field of literary theory. Its distinctive quality is the way in which it makes complex literary theories, such as structuralism, deconstruction, and post-modernism, accessible to students by relating these theories to students' own enjoyment in reading literature. Each theory is illustrated by several applications of the theory to well-known literary works.Based on a reader-response approach to literature, In Search of Authority begins with an up-to-date account of the status of literary theory in the 21st century, including a response to recent debates about the "post-theory" question. It concludes with a discussion of how an understanding of literary theory can lead to the empowerment of the individual reader, and of how the authority of the professor can be gradually transferred to the student.This third edition has been revised and updated throughout. Each chapter ends with several questions to help students check their understanding of the key ideas in the chapter.

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