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How to Do Theory

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ISBN-10: 1405115807

ISBN-13: 9781405115803

Edition: 2005

Authors: Wolfgang Iser

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This succinct introduction to modern theories of literature and the arts demonstrates how each theory is built and what it can accomplish. Represents a wide variety of theories, including phenomenological theory, hermeneutical theory, gestalt theory, reception theory, semiotic theory, Marxist theory, deconstruction, anthropological theory, and feminist theory. Uses classic literary texts, such as Keats's Ode on a Grecian Urn, Spenser's The Shephearde's Calender and T. S. Eliot's The Waste Land to illustrate his explanations. Includes key statements by the major proponents of each theory. Presents the different theories objectively, allowing students to decide which if any, they subscribe to. Gives students a sense of the potential of theory. Includes a glossary of technical terms.
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Book details

List price: $36.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/26/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Preface
Introduction
Why Theory Hard Core and Soft Theory Modes of Theory Theory and Method
Phenomenological Theory The Layered Structure of the Work Method derived from Theory An Example
Hermeneutical Theory Understanding Method derived from Theory An Example
Gestalt Theory Schema and Correction An Example
Reception Theory Reaction to a State ofCriticism Interface between Text/Context and Text/Reader
Semiotic theory The Iconic Sign The Aesthetic Idiolect An Example
Marxist Theory Reflectionist Theory Production Examples
Deconstruction Deconstruction at Work Deconstruction Exemplified
Anthropological Theory Basics of Generative Anthropology An Anthropological View of Literature
Art as Experience Aesthetic Experience Circularity An Example
"Towards a Poetics of Feminism" Women as Readers Women as Writers Revisions and Additions
Theory in Perspective An Intellectual Landscape The Fabric of Theory What does the Multiplicity of Theories tell us
John Keats Ode on a Grecian Urn
Edmund Spenser "Februarie: Aegloga Secunda" from The Shepheardes Calender
T.S. Eliot "The Fire Sermon" from The Waste Land
Glossary
Index