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Theory of Literature

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ISBN-10: 0300180837

ISBN-13: 9780300180831

Edition: 2012

Authors: Paul H. Fry

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Bringing his perennially popular course to the page, Yale University Professor Paul H. Fry offers in this welcome book a guided tour of the main trends in twentieth-century literary theory. At the core of the book's discussion is a series of underlying questions: What is literature, how is it produced, how can it be understood, and what is its purpose?Fry engages with the major themes and strands in twentieth-century literary theory, among them hermeneutics, modes of formalism, semiotics and Structuralism, deconstruction, psychoanalytic approaches, Marxist and historicist approaches, theories of social identity, Neo-pragmatism and theory. By incorporating philosophical and social perspectives to connect these many trends, the author offers readers a coherent overall context for a deeper and richer reading of literature.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 5/4/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

Preface
Introduction: The Prehistory and Rise of "Theory"
Introduction Continued: Theory and Functionalization
First Reflections On Interpretation And Reading
Ways In and Out of the Hermeneutic Circle
Configurative Reading
Text And Structure
The Idea of the Autonomous Artwork
The New Criticism and Other Western Formalisms
Russian Formalism
Semiotics and Structuralism
Linguistics and Literature
Deconstruction I: Jacques Derridap123
Deconstruction II: Paul de Man
Author (Reader) And Psyche
Freud and Fiction
Jacques Lacan in Theory
Influence
The Postmodern Psyche
The Social Context
The Social Permeability of Reader and Text
The Frankfurt School of Critical Theory
The Political Unconscious
The New Historicism
The Classical Feminist Tradition
African American Criticism
Postcolonial Criticism
Queer Theory and Gender Performativity
The Institutional Construction of Literary Study
Theory Con And Pro
The End of Theory? Neo-Pragmaism
Conclusion: Who Doesn't Hate Now?
Appendix: Passages Referenced in lectures
Notes
The Varieties of Interpretation: A Guide to Further Reading in Literary Theory
Index